Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without damaging the tooth itself.
At Valley Dental Practice, we are able to offer an at home tooth whitening system. At Home Tooth Whitening, involves taking impressions and making moulds of your teeth to create whitening trays. These are then worn at home, normally at night, for a period of 2-3 weeks. This allows you to fit the whitening around your own schedule.
The darker your teeth, the longer your teeth will take to get lighter, but your dentist will be able to advise you on the expected time frame.
Sensitivity of teeth is the most common side effect of teeth whitening. This usually occurs around the necks of the teeth where the gums have receded. If you are experiencing any sensitivity you should stop bleaching your teeth for a few days. It is advisable when whitening your teeth to use a sensitive toothpaste to help protect your teeth and reduce any discomfort.
The tooth whitening gel also has an indirect effect on the gums in helping them to heal and improving the health of the gums. This is how the technique was invented as it was first used to heal gum irritation during orthodontic treatment.
Your smile will appear much brighter following the whitening and this can help to improve confidence and self-esteem.
The effects of tooth whitening should last for up to 3 years, but will be dependent on your diet and whether you smoke.
Remember tooth whitening should only be carried out by a registered dental professional. For more details please go to the GDC website www.gdc-uk.org