If your teeth are looking a bit worse for wear, there's no replacement for good daily dental hygiene and regular visits to your dentist. However, if you're not a fan of the colour and appearance of your teeth, there is one quick fix that could work for you – teeth bleaching.
This procedure is easy, relatively affordable and can provide a self-esteem boost if yellow or discoloured teeth are getting you down. Here's what you need to know.
What exactly is teeth bleaching?
Teeth bleaching is a simple procedure whereby a specialist bleach, usually hydrogen peroxide gel, is applied to teeth to get rid of deep stains and yellowing and leave a whiter smile. There are two ways to do this, by appointment in a dentist's chair, or by using a take home tray over a week long period.
City Dentists uses the take home tray method because it produces more consistent and long lasting results. Using this method you don't need to worry about blinding people with your flourescent white smile – the difference is usually subtle, with more even and clean colours rather than an artificial or over-the-top white.
Teeth are usually three to eight shades whiter as a result.
How does the teeth bleaching procedure work?
If you have your teeth professionally bleached you'll first have a quick consultation with a qualified dentist. They'll assess your dental hygiene and your suitability, then run you through how everything works and get you prepared.
The dentist will create a mold from your mouth's shape and make a custom tray for you. You'll take this home, place a specialist gel inside it and wear it for up to twice a day for a week, for around 15 minutes at a time. It's easy, painless and effective.
Does the treatment have any side effects?
Since the mouth tray is custom to protect your gums you're unlikely to experience any pain from the gel, as you often will with over the counter treatments. Your teeth may, however experience some increased sensitivity during and directly after the treatment. If discomfort continues for more than a few days, or if it's intense, it's usually best to call your dental surgeon right away.
Professional take home teeth whitening is a great option if you're looking for an easy and affordable self-esteem boost. Get in touch with the team at City Dentists for more information or book an appointment online today.