Teeth whitening treatments are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures, allowing patients to reap the many benefits that come hand in hand with a white, gleaming smile.
And with so many whitening treatments available, there are a whole host of ways that you can enhance the look and feel of one of your best assists – your smile!
We’ve complied a helpful guide outlining everything you need to know about the whitening process – we hope you find it useful!
As you age, your teeth will naturally become discoloured and there are a number of factors, which can contribute to stained teeth including your lifestyle choices and diet.
There are two different types of stains on the teeth – extrinsic and intrinsic. So, what’s the difference? Extrinsic stains appear naturally on the surface of the teeth whereas Intrinsic stains tend to live between the microcracks in your enamel as well as deep within your dentin – this is the layer of your tooth underneath your enamel.
And although there are a number of whitening toothpastes and mouth rinses which are equipped to remove some of the extrinsic stains on your teeth, they can actually do more harm than good… This is because some whitening toothpastes are renowned for causing abrasion, which can then lead to increased sensitivity and prolonged discomfort.
Instead you should always opt for a teeth-whitening agent, as these are perfect for tackling and removing the stubborn extrinsic stains, which can cause your teeth to look discoloured.
Professional teeth whitening
Of course, one of the best options is to invest in professional teeth whitening procedures, which are overseen by your dentist. At this point, it’s also worthwhile pointing out that before you invest in any cosmetic dentistry procedure, you should also consult your dentist, as he/she will advice you are on the best route to take based on your individual requirements.
There are tow main types of professional tooth whitening options to choose from – in-surgery whitening and home whitening – both are equally effective depending on your individual circumstances.
But what’s the difference?
In-surgery whitening (also known as laser teeth whitening) is performed by a professional dentist in a surgery whereas, home whitening involves using personalised trays to enhance and brighten your smile.
If you’re looking to achieve fast, high impact results, a in-surgery treatment is highly likely to appeal to you more than using a home teeth whitening kit, which involves a more gradual process.
Teeth Whitening – What can I expect?
In-surgery involves using a special bleaching gel, which is painted onto your teeth by your dentist – in order to maximise the effectiveness of the treatment, a light may also be used!
However, whitening your teeth at home is also becoming increasingly popular, and involves whitening your teeth using bespoke whitening trays to apply the whitening gel. This treatment provides patients with the flexibility and freedom to whiten their teeth at a time which is convenient for the, whether that’s during the day or in the evening.
Of course, to achieve optimum, high impact results you could always combine both treatments.
What substances are used in tooth whitening?
There are two main whitening agents using to whiten teeth – Hydrogen peroxide and Carbamide peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide produces almost instant whitening results and is renowned for its fast acting nature. However, despite producing rapid results, its immediate action also stops a lot quicker too! This means you will have to reapply it far more frequently! That said, if your looking for a quick solution, that fits around your lifestyle, this is a great option.
On the other hand Carbamide peroxide has much more of a gradual effect, and is designed to remain on your teeth for a longer period of time. As this agent takes a lot longer to react, the majority of people who use it tend to apply it overnight!
Of course, it’s also important to point out that both whitening agents can penetrate the enamel on your teeth, leading to increased sensitivity and discomfort.