Teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic dental treatments available, and provided it is done properly under the supervision of a licenced dental professional, it is extremely safe. A whiter smile is often associated with youthfulness, and tooth whitening is a quick way to give your looks a real boost. If you are interested in teeth whitening, then it is best to book an appointment to see your cosmetic dentist in Bayswater.
A Dental Check-up is Essential before Whitening
The reason for this is that tooth whitening is a dental procedure, and it’s vitally important that it’s only ever carried out on a healthy mouth. If you have any untreated tooth decay or gum disease, then you are at risk of experiencing unwanted side effects during whitening including tooth sensitivity and possibly pain. Your cosmetic dentist in Bayswater will make sure you whiten safely and comfortably, and they can also advise you of the results you can reasonably expect to achieve.
If your teeth are yellowish in colour then they are likely to whiten very well, but if they have grayish or purple tones then they might not whiten so effectively. Certain teeth will not respond particularly well to whitening, and if you have any teeth that have been veneered or crowned then they will not change colour during treatment. Teeth that have darkened due to root canal therapy, or which have become discoloured due to antibiotics or fluorosis may need an alternative form of teeth whitening. Your cosmetic dentist in Bayswater may suggest whitening them internally, or you may choose to veneer or crowned the affected teeth. The next thing you need to do is to choose whether to whiten in our dental surgery or at home.
Tooth Whitening in Our Dental Surgery
This treatment is perfect if you need whiter teeth in a hurry, as just one hours treatment can lighten your teeth by several shades. Your cosmetic dentist in Bayswater will ensure your lips and gums are protected before applying the whitening gel. This contains hydrogen peroxide which is activated with a blue light as this helps it to penetrate the teeth more easily. Afterwards you need to make sure you follow an all-white diet for a couple of days to allow the teeth to settle down as they will be slightly more porous after treatment and more susceptible towards sustaining.
Tooth Whitening at Home
The alternative is to whiten at home using custom-made whitening trays that we can supply for your use. These are used in conjunction with carbamide peroxide gel as this is a slightly more stable form of hydrogen peroxide. The whitening trays are very comfortable to wear and can be left in place overnight or for shorter periods during the day. One of the nice things about whitening in this way is that the results are slightly more controllable, but treatment does take a couple of weeks to complete.