Most of us dream of having a beautiful bright, white smile, but sadly lifestyle factors can get in the way. Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little bit of a helping hand, and it’s not surprising to learn that teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world.
Numerous things can cause staining of our teeth. Dietary factors, including drinking a lot of red wine, tea, or coffee, can lead to discoloured teeth, whilst unpleasant brown staining is one of the numerous negative side-effects of smoking.
The cosmetic dental team at Garden View Dental Care in Buckinghamshire have carried out hundreds of successful teeth whitening procedures, which is more often than not the best way to combat such everyday stains, restoring a natural bright whiteness to your smile. In some cases, this requires just a single hour-long appointment with the dentist.
In fact, the need for a dentist is the most important thing to remember about teeth whitening. Legally, only a dentist, or a hygienist or other suitably trained dental professional on the prescription of a dentist, can carry out the procedure, yet there are still beauty parlours offering whitening treatment. The General Dental Council (GDC) takes a very dim view of this and has carried out numerous successful prosecutions; however, it often only comes to their attention when someone has suffered damage to their teeth, gums, or mouth.
The teeth whitening products and procedures carried out in a dental practice are extensively tested and regulated, and have been proven to be safe, gentle, and effective.
Teeth whitening can take place in the dental practice, at home as a self-administered treatment under a dentist’s supervision, or both of these options can be combined. When you visit a dentist for a consultation, they will help you choose the best method for your needs.
Typically, home whitening takes a fortnight. It involves using gentle dental bleaching gel and custom-made mouth trays, which are worn overnight. A mouth tray must always be made by a dentist to ensure it fits perfectly, so that the bleaching gel only comes into contact with your teeth.