As a dentist in Glasgow who deals in general and cosmetic dentistry, one of the treatments we’re asked most for is teeth whitening, particularly at this time of year when patients want a gleaming smile to match their summer tan. Getting your teeth whitened is a fairly straightforward process and is a quick and easy way to give your smile a lift. There are various ways of whitening teeth which include bleaching, home whitening kits, and power whitening. We’re going to take a look at what teeth whitening involves and things to consider before, during, and after your treatment.
Why consider teeth whitening?
Teeth naturally darken with age and get stained due to our love of drinks like coffee and red wine. People mostly want to get their teeth whitened to improve the appearance of their smile particularly if they have a special occasion looming ahead such as a wedding or graduation. Teeth whitening is also a great confidence booster and will have you walking around with a smile on your face most of the time.
We would highly recommend that you visit your dentist in Glasgow prior to undergoing any type of teeth whitening to ascertain that it’s safe for you to go ahead. For example, it’s not recommended to undergo teeth whitening if you have gum disease or decaying teeth. Also be aware that fillings and crowns will not bleach.
What’s involved in teeth whitening?
Treatment for teeth whitening varies depending on the procedure you choose.
Power whitening – This is a bleaching process carried out by your dentist in Glasgow. A barrier is applied to your lips and mouth and then whitening gel is placed over your teeth and this is then activated with a special lamp to speed up the whitening process. In most cases the entire treatment takes around an hour and will whiten your teeth by several shades.
Home whitening kits – These can be purchased from your chemist but we would recommend that you use the home whitening kit that your dentist can supply. This kit consists of custom made trays which provide a snug fit over your teeth. These are filled with whitening gel and left in the mouth for a few hours every day or worn over night. Generally the desired result takes 2 to 3 weeks. It’s important that the trays fit closely to the teeth so that bleach can’t escape and damage your gums and this isn’t normally the case with over the counter kits that contain ‘one size fits all’ trays.
What about after whitening?
How long your teeth remain looking white depends on how you care for them once they have been whitened. Cutting down on the foods and drink that stained them in the first place is always a good idea, and stopping smoking is essential. Other easy things you can do include:
- Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste once in the morning and last thing at night
- Visiting your Glasgow dentistevery six months for a check-up
If you’re nearing the end of Glasgow orthodontics treatment you may also want to consider tooth whitening to show off that beautiful new smile to good effect. For whatever reason you’re considering teeth whitening, we can assist. Call Botanics Dental Care today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment, find out more about the process, and see if it is for you. You can also get in touch online at our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.