Teeth whitening is one of the most popular measures to ensure a clean, crisp smile, by brightening the shade of your current teeth condition. It is a simple treatment, which can be either done by your dentist or, amazingly, within the comfort of your own home. Teeth whitening is non-invasive, and will not complicate the surface of your teeth.
Discolouration of the teeth is common, and can be caused by:
- Excessive consumption of red wine, tea or coffee
- Consuming food with strong colouring
- Excessive smoking
- Teeth that have suffered trauma
- Certain medications and medical treatments
Some teeth are naturally discoloured, due to a differing pigment, and only natural teeth can be whitened.
The outer surface of your teeth, the enamel, possesses microscopic holes which trap stains. Teeth whitening gel is made up of a peroxide compound, which will dive into these tiny holes, removing any trapped stains and essentially whitening your teeth.
Under certain occasions, your teeth whitening procedure can occur during routine surgery, ensuring that your teeth will look cleaner after any procedure. This in surgery whitening can be done in numerous ways, however, they will all require the protection of your gums with a rubber coating, of which then the peroxide based gel will be applied to your teeth.
Upon consultation on which procedure is best suited for your needs, your dental practitioner will provide you with a do-it-yourself whitening kit, containing dedicated trays and the peroxide gel. Home whitening normally takes up to a fortnight to achieve a pure white shade, and will require the dedicated tooth mould to be fastened to your teeth. Teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, and the process will require to be completed at least once a year.