The reason teeth whitening has become so popular is because it is non-invasive, simple and most importantly it works. Helping to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile for relatively little outlay.
What causes teeth staining?
When you eat and drink staining foods, such as curry, red wine, tea, and coffee, or you smoke – the highly coloured organic molecules can enter your teeth via microscopic pores in the enamel and underlying dentine. In essence if a food or drink has the ability to stain your top or tablecloth, it can also stain your teeth.
How does the whitening gel get rid of these stains?
When you apply the teeth whitening gel to your teeth the small peroxide molecules pass easily through the micropores and encounter the staining molecules that have built up in your enamel and dentine, breaking them down into active oxygen and water. The overall result is that your teeth look brighter and whiter!
What treatment options are available?
At home teeth whitening is the perfect treatment for people who want to improve the look of their teeth without interrupting their daily routine. The treatment has an excellent track record and produces incredible results.
Before the treatment can begin, one of our highly trained dentists will take an impression of your teeth; this will serve as a mould for the whitening trays. The impressions are sent to the laboratory for the technician to create your custom-made whitening trays. The dentist will advise you on how to apply the whitening gel to the trays and you will them be able to take the trays and whitening gel home to complete the teeth whitening treatment at a time to suit you.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
How long will the results last?
How long the results will last will depend heavily on your lifestyle. If you are a smoker, drink a lot of tea or coffee and eat staining foods your teeth will not remain as white for as long. Normally it will be necessary to top up your teeth whitening every 2-3 years to keep your teeth looking their best.
What aftercare will my teeth need?
Following teeth whitening you will need to:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Use interdental cleaning aids daily to clean in between teeth in those areas brushing alone misses.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dental team as often as they recommend.
- Cut down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth.
- Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
So, what are you waiting for, call Ringmer Dental on 01273 813898 to book an appointment today and ensure you get your white Christmas!