- Why go to a dentist for Tooth Whitening?
Your dentist makes you a custom fit mould because the mould in the home kit doesn't fit as well, whitening solution can seep out around the edges. This can lead to tooth and gum irritation. The Dentist can assess your teeth's condition and sensitivity to make sure you are suitable for whitening. The dentist can recommend the right system to lighten sensitive teeth.
- Are Home kits as effective as Dentist Whitening?
Some home kits don't contain enough of the whitening ingredient to bleach your teeth. They can also leak whitener around the edges of your gums. Shop bought kits cannot help lighted teeth which have discoloured after root canal work.
- Will my teeth stay white?
How long your teeth stay white is up to you. If you avoid the food and drinks that darken teeth, and keep up a good hygiene routine you can maintain your smile. If you just can't stay off the coffee and red wine, you may need a top up from your dentist once a year. Regularly attending with the Dental hygienist will help a lot.
- How do I keep my teeth white?
Regular Brushing (at least twice a day)
Rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink something staining (red wine, blueberries)
Limit your tea and coffee intake (or use a straw with fizzy drinks)
Consider booking a touch up appointment
- What happens at my consultation?
The Dentist will bring you in and examine your teeth. He will decide which form of whitening would be the most suitable for you and give you an estimate.
If you decide to go ahead your dentist will take a mould for a custom fitted mouth guard. If you have discouraged teeth which have previously had a root canal, the dentist can open up the canal so that it can be lightened from within.
After a few weeks when the Mouthguard is ready they will give it to you, along with a supply of whitening gel and teach you how to use them properly. If you ever need a top up to your smile in the future, you will just have to pay for the whitening gel.