Cosmetic dentistry is something that is on the rise and it isn’t a decision that should be made lightly. Cosmetic procedures are to improve the appearance of something and as we are becoming more obsessed with looking good, it is no shock that teeth whitening is amongst one of the most popular dentistry treatments. Click here for latest reviews.
Teeth whitening can make your teeth 8 shades whiter in just an hour
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular types of cosmetic dental treatments. Whilst there are kits you can buy and use at home we would always recommend this treatment is carried out by a qualified dentist.
The procedure most dentists use to whiten teeth is laser teeth whitening which uses a light activated bleaching gel. The results can be seen immediately following treatment which usually takes between 1 and 2 hours. Find out more here.
The treatment in 5 steps
- Before the treatment the dentist will give your teeth a scale and polish to remove and surface stains or tartar. They will then record the shade of your teeth using a colour chart or by taking a digital photograph.
- Before the whitening treatment can begin protection is placed around the gums, lips and cheeks. This ensures that only the teeth are exposed to the bleaching compound being used. Eye protection goggles are also provided to prevent any damage from the laser being used.
- A whitening agent is then applied to the teeth. This must occur before being exposed to lights or a laser to activate it. Typically, this can take around 15 minutes and is completed 3 times. Contact us for more information.
- After the dentist has washed the entire whitening agent off your teeth the protection is removed from your gums, lips and cheeks and you can see how much whiter your teeth look. Results will vary from one patient to another but the teeth can appear up to ten shades lighter.
- Following teeth whitening treatment your teeth may be sensitive for a while so it is best to avoid hot and cold drinks for a few hours. The sensitivity usually settles down within 48 hours but if it continues you must call your dentist immediately.
Are you suitable for teeth whitening treatments?
Patients who have gum disease or other oral health problems may not be suitable for teeth whitening but you will need to consult with your dentist prior to any dental procedure including teeth whitening. If you’re looking for other cosmetic treatments, see ASKE.