A surprisingly large number of adults in the UK are unhappy about the appearance of their teeth. In many cases, the reason is stained or discoloured teeth. If you’ve already tried purchasing any over the counter teeth whitening products, the chances are that you have been left feeling dissatisfied with the results and out of pocket. However, with professional teeth whitening it is possible to get a brighter, whiter smile without spending a fortune – and it’s not too late to have a perfect smile in time for your holiday snaps and selfies. Let’s take a closer look.
What causes tooth discolouration and staining?
There are many factors that can cause your teeth to become stained, discoloured or faded, many of which are lifestyle related. Although almost everything we eat and drink can affect the colour of our teeth, some common culprits are particularly problematic. Among these, regularly drinking red wine and coffee, along with smoking or using tobacco products are the worst. It’s important, however, to bear in mind that age can also have an effect. This is due to natural discolouration and thinning of the enamel.
Why don’t most home whitening products work?
If you go into any supermarket or pharmacy, you’ll find dozens of products which claim to leave you with visibly whiter teeth. If you’ve tried them, however, you may well have found that even after weeks of effort there is nothing to show. The main reason for this is that toothpastes and other products that are available on the high street are only effective on surface staining. They are not strong enough to tackle troublesome, deeper stains that have penetrated the enamel. It is these stains that have the biggest impact on the appearance of your teeth.
Is professional teeth whitening safe?
When performed under the supervision of a registered dentist, teeth whitening is extremely safe. Your dentist will only ever use products that have been clinically proven to be safe and are approved for use, and will also ensure that everything is handled correctly at all times in accordance with strict hygiene rules.
Your dentist will conduct an examination prior to beginning your treatment to ensure that everything is in order. You’ll also have an opportunity to discuss your expectations before you begin so that you know exactly what to expect. Tooth whitening is usually a painless procedure when carried out by a trained dental professional, however the treatment can result in short-term sensitivity in some people, although your dentist will be happy to advise on products that can help with this.
How long does teeth whitening take?
With the gentle and effective home whitening system in use here at Adrian Mullish Dental Care, you can typically expect to see a visible improvement in as little as 2-4 weeks. We take impressions of your teeth and you return at a subsequent appointment to collect your specially made trays and gels. Your teeth gradually whiten as you use the whitening trays provided, although the degree and speed of whitening is dependent on factors such as your starting position, diet, age and lifestyle. A final visit takes place in-house to secure the final result.
What if I have stained veneers, crowns or dentures?
Depending on the degree of staining, you may need a thorough clean and polish before you have whitening treatment, to remove any discolouration caused by stains. The colour of fillings, crowns, veneers and dentures is not affected by tooth whitening, so old or dark crowns may need replacing to ensure they match your natural teeth. That is why an initial appointment with a dental professional is imperative before you begin using any tooth whitening products.
Ready to enjoy a brighter, whiter smile? Get in touch to book your free, no obligation consultation today on 01923 231861