A healthy smile is something we all enjoy but there are side-effects with some whitening products. We give advice on the short and long-term effects of the various tooth-whitening systems and offer a range of in-house tooth whitening as well as take home whitening kits.
Before commencing teeth whitening it is recommended that a complete examination is performed to exclude the presence of cavities, sensitive gum recession areas, or soft tissue conditions that can be aggravated by the bleaching chemicals. If you have active decay and use teeth whitening products you could have severe pain or even damage the tooth irreversibly.
Discoloured fillings or crowns will not be improved by tooth whitening and will become more obvious as the adjacent teeth become lighter. It is important to identify these areas before treatment and plans can be made to change these after the natural teeth have been whitened to achieve a harmonious result.
The amount that teeth will lighten from tooth whitening will vary from person to person with some people noticing a big difference after two to three treatments and others less so.
Brown mottling of enamel hypoplasia and tetracycline staining are difficult to whiten using most bleaching products. Other options that improve the colour and shape of teeth include composite resin or porcelain veneers.
To achieve the best long -term results, coloured drinks such as tea, coffee, cola and sports drinks should not be consumed for 48 hours after bleaching.
Remineralisation products are recommended after all teeth whitening procedures.
Teeth Whitening Boosts Self Confidence
This is the most obvious advantage, but many people don’t realise how much of a positive effect this can have on their confidence and self-esteem. Whitening your teeth, brightens your smile which can really improve the way you feel about yourself. It’s a simple process that can have huge positive effects on self esteem.