One of the quickest, simplest and most effective ways of improving the appearance of your smile is with teeth whitening treatment. As we age teeth become more discoloured, and the natural whiteness and brightness of teeth fades. Tooth colour can also be effected by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine, and also smoking and tartar build-up. The aim of teeth whitening is to restore your teeth to their natural, white colour.
Prior to commencing any teeth whitening treatment you will need to have a full examination to ensure you are dentally fit for the whitening procedure. You may well benefit from a dental hygiene appointment or airflow polishing before commencing teeth whitening to ensure the optimum result.
Professional home teeth whitening involves initially taking impressions of your mouth to manufacture the laboratory made fitted dental bleaching trays. You are then supplied with the dental bleaching gel product, and given a detailed demonstration and instructions of how to carry out the treatment in the comfort of your own home in a timeframe that suits you.
Advantages of home teeth whitening include:
- Simple and easy to use
- Effective whitening process
- Little or no sensitivity during treatment
- Long-lasting whitening results
- Easy to monitor and manage to ensure you get teeth to the whitening level you want
Typically, home bleaching takes between 2-4 weeks to complete, and results can last up to 3 years. The effect of whitening is less likely to last if you smoke, eat or drink products that can stain your teeth, or don’t maintain optimum dental cleaning. Regular visits to the dental hygienist can help to prolong the whitening effect, and if your teeth do fade over time, then a few days of top-up whitening treatment is usually enough to return them to their optimum appearance.