Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to improve your smile by lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth. This is a simple and effective treatment which can be carried out by your samford dentist or at home. Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment which does not involve drilling or removal of the tooth surface.
The outer surface of the tooth is called ‘Enamel’ this has tiny microscopic holes which trap everyday stains. The tooth whitening gel is a peroxide-based compound. This removes the stains and lightens the teeth by penetrating the holes.
The many “at home” techniques involve making trays that fit into the mouth and those trays are then filled with bleaching materials. When worn for a few hours a day, noticeable results are seen generally within a few days to a couple weeks.
Results vary from client to client, and we will be happy to help you decide which method would be the best for you. Some factors taken into consideration are the intensity of the stains, what caused the stains, and whether or not you have fillings or crowns on your front teeth.
What is teeth whitening?
The natural colour of teeth varies between shades of white and a light grey-yellow, but over time food and beverages can change its appearance, causing stains and discolouration. Teeth whitening is one dental solution that can help to restore the appearance of teeth, with this treatment being one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.
Professional bleaching is a common method that involves a bleaching formula being applied to the stained teeth and a special light being used to begin the whitening action. The active ingredient of the bleaching formula is then broken down with oxygen getting into the enamel, resulting in teeth becoming lighter.
Dental patients may also be offered the choice of taking home a tailor-made whitening kit prepared by our team. An impression of your teeth is taken and then a custom-moulded tray is prepared. Our dentist will then proceed to create a solution to match the whitening level required, where you will then be guided on how to use the kit.
Depending on your circumstances and goals, you may benefit from a combination of both of these methods.
What causes discolouration?
Discoloured teeth can affect your entire smile and appearance. Discolouration may result from a variety of factors, including:
- Consumption of coffee, tea or red wine
- Regularly eating highly coloured foods (such as darkly coloured berries or foods with dark dyes)
- Part of the ageing process (stains tend to accumulate as we get older)
- Certain medications
- Dental hygiene
- Tooth decay
- Factors that occurred as the patient’s teeth were developing (for example, the use of certain types of antibiotics)
Exactly as it sounds, this procedure is meant to help whiten the colour of your teeth. This can refresh your entire appearance with one simple, non-invasive treatment.
It’s often ideal to first understand what is causing your discolouration before beginning whitening treatment; if you eliminate certain factors like tooth decay or medication use, then you and your dentist will have a better idea of what will work for you (or, whether you may need other treatments first so as not to impede the benefits of your whitening procedure).
If you would like to find out if you are eligible for teeth whitening make sure to contact our friendly team at Dentistry on Main Street.
In Surgery Whitening
In-surgery teeth whitening is an ideal solution for patients wanting instant results. A rubber coating is used to protect your mouth and a peroxide based gel will be applied to your teeth. The gel will begin to work upon contact with the tooth.
After a period of time the whiter tooth is revealed by removing the gel and the protective coating.
Take home whitening is a great solution for patients looking to keep their teeth white and is more suitable for patients who have teeth sensitivity. Our expert will provide you with a take home kit, which contains whitening trays and a peroxide-based gel. Your desired shade can be achieved in 14 days.
Teeth whitening results should give you a beautiful smile that lasts a long time. The degree of whitening will vary from patient to patient. Tooth whitening is not permanent and the process will need to be repeated every 12 – 18 months to keep your teeth at the shade you desire.