Everybody loves a bright smile, and there are a variety of teeth whitening products and procedures available to help you whiten yours.
At Somerset Dental Care, we suggest these three teeth whitening methods to brighten your smile:
- In-Office Bleaching
- At-Home Bleaching
- Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
- Dental Bleaching
Bleaching the teeth is a teeth whitening option for some people. For example, teeth which are naturally yellow will probably bleach well, while brownish-coloured teeth may not bleach as well. Grey-coloured teeth may not bleach at all.
Similarly, bleaching might not enhance your smile if you have tooth-coloured fillings or bonding in your front teeth as the filling or bonding will not bleach, resulting in them standing out. Porcelain veneers or more dental bonding might be the answer. Our qualified dentists are happy to discuss our teeth whitening options with you.
What is in-office bleaching?
If you are a candidate for bleaching, your dentist may suggest ‘chair-side’ bleaching, which usually requires more than one session.
During chair-side bleaching the dentist will apply a protective gel or a rubber shield to your gums. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth for up to one hour. A laser may be used to enhance the action of the agent.
What about at-home bleaching?
Teeth bleaching products for home use can be dispensed by your dentist or purchased over-the-counter.
Home bleaches typically come in a gel that is placed in a mouth-guard. Some products are used for twice a day for two weeks, and others are used overnight for one to two weeks. Your dentist can make a custom-fitted mouth-guard to fit your teeth precisely.
Are there side-effects from bleaching?
You may notice some mild side effects while you’re going through the bleaching process. For example, your teeth may become sensitive. In most cases this sensitivity is temporary and will lessen when the treatment is completed. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation, usually from a mouth-guard that doesn’t fit properly. If you have concerns about such side effects, please contact us.
Teeth Whitening Toothpastes
All toothpastes remove surface stains through the action of mild abrasives. ‘Teeth Whitening’ toothpastes have special chemicals or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal. However, unlike bleaches, these teeth whitening products do not alter the intrinsic colour of teeth.