Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of whitening process chosen.
An impression of your teeth is taken to create a custom made mouth tray. This bleaching tray fits exactly over your teeth and ensures that the bleaching gel stays only on your teeth and is not touching your gums. The hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide bleaching gel which is used is a gentle whitening agent which will whiten your teeth to your desired shade.
There are few side-effects from bleaching your teeth however to issues you need to be aware of are:
One of the good things about whitening your teeth at home is that you have complete control over the process, this means that if you do feel that your teeth are becoming more sensitive it is a simple process to simply stop whitening. You will generally find that sensitivity reduces within 24 hours of stopping the whitening process, so you are quick to recover in the event the teeth do become sensitive.
With Professional home teeth bleaching from the dentist irritation of the gums is extremely rare. The way we prevent this is by designing the whitening trays to seal around the gum margins which prevents the bleaching gel from leaking onto the gums. We have seen instances of the bleaching gel leaking onto the gums and irritating the sensitive gum area when patients have been to beauty salons and other places where dentists are not involved in the teeth whitening process. We strongly recommend that you always go to a dentist to have your teeth whitening, a dentist is able to spot any other problems and contra indications prior to beginning whitening. Your dentist is also suitably qualified to deal with any of the problems, however unlikely they may be of a rising.
If you live in the local Harrow, Stanmore, Hatchend or Wealdstone areas and want to have teeth whitening then the best thing to do is to request an appointment at our dental practice. Alternatively if you aren’t sure about exactly which cosmetic treatment you would like them why not request a free consultation by filling in the form to the right of this page.