What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.
Can I have Tooth Whitening? Does the result differ from a person to another?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older. Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth. ‘Calculus' or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening.
- Your dental team will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them.
- They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouthguard.
- The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
- As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
There is now laser whitening or ‘power whitening'.
- During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth.
- Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical.
- The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly.
Laser whitening is said to make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dental team for their opinion before you start the treatment.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting 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.
We recommend the following tips to take care of your teeth:
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
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