For those who are not satisfied with the current shade or colour of their natural dentition, the process of teeth whitening can substantially alter this colour. A variety of tooth whitening options are available, from in-surgery tooth whitening procedures to the use of at-home tooth whitening kits. Often both are used, which enables people to lighten their teeth to a much lighter shade than with either option on its own. In general, a lighter shade is favoured over making the teeth an unnatural shade of white.
Smoking and aging causes the teeth to become darker, but darkening of tooth enamel can also occur due to the food and drink that we consume on a daily basis for example coffee, red wine or curry.
The Benefits of Teeth Whitening
The natural shade of teeth varies from person to person from grey to whitish, but nobody has perfectly white teeth. Some people have white spots on the teeth which is caused by damage while the tooth is forming. Tartar or calculus can cause staining of the teeth, changing the colour. Tooth whitening can help to change the shade of the teeth to a more attractive shade. This helps increase your self-esteem and confidence.
Types of Tooth Whitening
Bleaching is a common and popular method of tooth whitening. This is not suitable for everybody so your dentist will assess the teeth to determine whether this option will work for your particular form of tooth discoloration.
At Home Tooth Whitening
This type of tooth bleaching is done using at home teeth whitening kit which is prepared after examining your teeth. Bleaching trays are specifically customised to suit the shape of your teeth and gums. The whitening gel is placed into the trays which you insert into your mouth and can keep it through the night. Our clinical care team will guide you through the tooth whitening process and explain every step you need to know before starting to use your whitening kit.
In Surgery Tooth Whitening
Chairside whitening takes place at the dentist's surgery and this also makes use of bleaching trays which are inserted into the mouth after the gums are protected. The bleaching gels are usually based on hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. In surgery teeth whitening usually takes around 1 hour and can greatly improve the colour of your teeth.