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26.02.20

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Cosmetic

Play it safe with professional teeth whitening

When making cosmetic changes to the appearance of your teeth it is important to always seek the advice of a professional dentist.

Teeth whitening has become increasingly popular as greater accessibility has seen more and more people choosing cosmetic dental treatment to help brighten their smile.

Teeth whitening allows people to lighten the shade of their teeth to achieve whiter-looking teeth.

Taking only a short time to be effective the results are often excellent, leaving patients with a renewed confidence in their smile.

Why would you need teeth whitening treatment?

As people age it is common for teeth to become discoloured to some extent, usually as a result of the food and drink that we consume.

Red wine, coffee, tea and chocolate, for example, can stain your teeth over time leaving them discoloured. Teeth becoming darker in colour is also a natural part of the aging process.

As well as lifestyle factors and ageing, other factors can cause discolouration or staining of the teeth including excessive exposure to fluoride, certain medication and inadequate dental hygiene leading to the formation of plaque.

Having a bright, white shining smile is a real confidence booster so if concerns about the colour of your teeth are affecting the way you view your appearance then teeth whitening could help.

Professional teeth whitening

Carried out under the guidance of a professional dentist, teeth whitening is safe and effective.

Your dentist will be able to assess your teeth and explain how teeth whitening will work for you and discuss what results you can expect to see.

It is a legal requirement that teeth whitening is carried out under the care of a dental professional, so always check the credentials of organisations offering the treatment.

While home treatments are available these are limited to 0.1 per cent of hydrogen peroxide, which acts as the bleaching agent in the process.

Dental surgeries are able to apply an effective product containing up to six per cent hydrogen peroxide with safety measures in place to make the process safe.

Most importantly a dentist will provide you with a fitted mould that is used to apply the teeth whitening solution. By being specially fitted the mould will work to stop the solution going onto the gums and avoid any potential irritation.

Protecting the rest of the mouth from the teeth whitening treatment is important as side effects can include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Shrinking gums
  • Stomach issues
  • Damage to the tooth enamel

In addition to potentially long-lasting side effects if applied incorrectly, home kits also run the risk of achieving patchy results.

A professional dentist will advise you on how to apply the treatment and monitor your progress as well as provide you with well-fitted moulds to protect your teeth.

Stoke Orthodontics knows how important it is to have a smile that fills you with confidence and offers professional teeth whitening treatment to help you to achieve this.

To make an appointment to discuss teeth whitening treatment get in touch with Stoke Orthodontics today.