Teeth naturally become more yellow over time. This can be worse if you drink coffee, red wine or smoke. While scaling and polishing will remove the surface stain, the more ingrained stain cannot be removed. Historically improvements in colour were achieved by sticking fillings or coverings over the surface of the tooth. Nowadays the result can be achieved by Tooth Whitening, which does not involve removing of any of the tooth surface.
Professional Bleaching is the most common method of whitening teeth. We use the “home bleaching” where you wear a specially made mouth guard at night. This treatment will normally take two to three weeks. On the visit for whitening, the dentist will take impressions (moulds) of your mouth and have the mouth guards made. These will be fitted on a subsequent visit and you will be shown how to apply the whitening product into the trays. The active ingredient in this product is hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and can only be prescribed for this purpose by a dentist.
The dentist will make a follow-up appointment to see how the whitening is going. You can keep the mouth guard and then “top-up” when you feel it is necessary.
Teeth whitening is not permanent and can last from a few months to several years. This depends on person to person and can be reduced by smoking or drinking coffee or red wine. It does not work on false teeth such as dentures, crowns or veneers.
There is minimal risk to whitening.
- Some home kits do not contain enough whitening product to work effectively.
- If a dental professional isn’t doing the whitening the mouth guard may not fit properly and some of the bleaching gel can leak out onto the gums, causing blistering and sensitivity.
- There may be a bit of tooth sensitivity while you are having whitening done. This can be relieved by sensitive toothpaste and mouthwash.
- Some people may be allergic to the product themselves.
- Some people may not gain the desired result.
Whitening is considered cosmetic and so generally, it is only provided privately.
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