By MPDG, May 30 2014 02:03PM
Teeth whitening is a popular treatment at Market Place Dental Group, but if you have never had your teeth whitened you may wonder what it's all about.
As time goes on, you may notice that your once-gleaming smile starts to darken and discolour. This could be due to staining from food and drink or from the natural changes over time. Bleaching is a non-permanent, safe and effective way to lighten your teeth to a brighter white in a short space of time.
Staining can happen for the following reasons:
Smoking or other tobacco-related habits
Drinking tea, coffee, red wine or dark sugary soft drinks
Trauma to teeth
Plaque deposits from not brushing effectively
Time! Age can cause a natural discolouration to both teeth and fillings
Whitening your teeth using a dentist-prescribed bleach can make a big difference to the appearance of your smile giving you a brighter and more youthful look. Once your dentist has shown you how to apply the bleach, you take the kit home and control how white you want your teeth.
It works by using a peroxide-based whitening gel which bleaches the teeth. On your first visit you will assessed for your suitability for bleaching by your dentist. Moulds will be taken of your teeth, their shade/colour will be recorded along with ‘before photos’. On the second visit your personalised bleaching trays will be ready. Your dentist will show you how to apply the bleach into the trays and how to seat them. Depending on the product, the trays are worn once a day (from 2hrs to overnight) until your desired level of whiteness has been achieved. The effectiveness of the bleach is dependent on the natural pigmentation of your teeth and/or the degree of staining but can take up to 2 weeks for a natural-looking smile. Your final appointment will involve a review of the colour change and ‘after photos’. You can expect at least 3 appointments, but your dentist may arrange more if necessary.
Some tooth sensitivity may occur during treatment. This can be reduced by brushing your teeth prior to the application of the gel using a sensitive toothpaste, not using too much gel and following your dentist’s advice about how long to leave your tray in. Having a couple of days off can help; if the sensitivity persists it is best to contact your dentist. It is illegal to get teeth bleaching from any provider other than a dentist, so ensure you seek proper professional treatment.
At Market Place Dental, we offer bleaching at the great price of £195, so if you have any questions do drop us a line and we can help you get that brighter smile.