Do you look in the mirror and see stained yellow teeth? Are you craving pearly whites? Well, fret no more! Teeth whitening is now one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments on the market.
Teeth whitening should only be carried out by a dentist or hygienist. While the cost may initially appear more expensive compared to other cheaper alternatives you may, in fact, be saving yourself from more long term expense. Why is this you may ask? Products used by dentists have been rigorously tried and tested and are therefore safe and reliable to use, whereas cheaper alternatives may damage the enamel of your teeth inevitably causing you to need more expensive restoration work.
We use one of the top whitening systems in the world- with 98% success rate. This sought-after treatment prevents damage to the surface of the teeth, therefore, reducing the amount of sensitivity you will experience leaving you with that Brighter, Whiter smile!
Remember that teeth whitening treatments (aside from toothpaste) are temporary, and it is important to carefully follow instructions to avoid pain and sensitivity.
Teeth Whitening is used for:
Extrinsic stains due to
Drinking dark-colored liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
Not taking good care of your teeth
For intrinsic stains due to
Too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO WHITEN TEETH?
This depends on the method you use:
In office whitening, is whitening that’s performed in a dental clinic. It’s performed by a dentist using stronger concentrations of a whitening formula. You can achieve significant whitening results in a single 1-2 hour appointment.
Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Options:
Whitening toothpastes: These toothpastes typically scrub the stains off your teeth with harsher ingredients, rather than bleaching the pigment of your teeth to be a whiter color. The benefit of whitening toothpaste is that it is inexpensive and easily incorporated into your daily routine. The toothpaste is also less likely to cause sensitivity than other methods.
White strips: White strips are a popular way to brighten your teeth in 1-2 weeks. A peroxide solution whitens your teeth in controlled doses, or strips. It is important to follow instructions on the box carefully and avoid leaving the strips on for too long.
Over the counter trays: Most whitening trays use carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth, which can be used daily for about a week. Purchasing over the counter means that these trays will not be a perfect fit, but they will still give you the same whitening benefits.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
The effects of teeth whitening can last up to 2-3 years or as little as 6 months. It varies from person to person.
Things that will stain your teeth quickly and make your whitening short-lived include:
Dark liquids like red wine, coffee, and tea.
Staining foods like beetroot and berries.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and avoiding these staining foods, (avoiding, not cutting out entirely!) will help keep your teeth whitening noticeable for as long as possible.
Visit Ideal Dental Care for affordable & painless treatment options.