Stained teeth can make you look older and feel embarrassed about your smile. If you suffer from discoloured teeth, professional teeth whitening can give you a brighter, whiter smile in just a few sessions for a quicker way to look younger.
1. Teeth Whitening – What Is It?
Professional tooth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that uses a bleaching agent to lighten your teeth up to several shades.
2. Why Would I Need my Teeth Whitened?
Teeth become discoloured over time due to a variety of factors and can cause you to become self-conscious about their smile. There are many causes of tooth discolouration:
- Dark food and beverages such as coffee, red wine, and dark chocolate are often the reason for yellow or brown stains in the teeth due to a specific compound called tannins. Tannins allow the dark pigments in these foods to bind to the tooth more easily.
- Acidic beverages such as dark coloured fizzy drinks soften tooth enamel allowing it to absorb the pigments that cause staining.
- Smokers often have stained teeth due to the tar and nicotine present in cigarettes.
- Poor oral hygiene can cause a build up of yellow tartar on the teeth, which cannot be removed by brushing.
- Some medications, including those for asthma and chemotherapy treatments, can cause intrinsic stains to appear on the teeth.
- Age is also a factor as your enamel wears down as you get older and the yellow layer of dentin underneath becomes more visible.
3. Is Teeth Whitening Painful?
The process of professional teeth whitening is not painful. The dentist typically covers your gums with a protective shield or applies a paste to prevent the bleaching gel from coming into contact with your gums to avoid irritation.
You may experience some increased sensitivity to hot and cold items for a day or two after treatment. If sensitivity persists, contact your dentist.
4. How Long Does It Take to Whiten Your Teeth?
To time it takes to whiten your teeth depends on what type of treatment you choose. Some procedures require multiple visits to the dentist and an at-home treatment to continue the whitening process. This can mean that you may not see your desired results for up to four weeks.
Power whitening involves the bleaching agent being directly applied to your teeth and then a special light is used to activate the bleaching agent to accelerate the whitening process. This allows you to achieve teeth that are 5-6 shades lighter in a single session.
5. How Much Does Tooth Whitening Cost?
The cost of teeth whitening varies from dentist to dentist and depends on the type of whitening treatment they use and the extent of tooth discolouration. Teeth whitening in Coulsdon can cost between £150 – £1,000 with laser teeth whitening being the most expensive treatment due to the technology used and at-home bleaching trays combined with in-chair whitening being the least expensive.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment and not covered by the NHS unless it is medically necessary.
6. Benefits of Teeth Whitening
Tooth discolouration is one of the signs of ageing, so a whiter, brighter smile can help you look and feel younger. Discoloured teeth can also make you feel embarrassed about your smile, so teeth whitening can help you to regain your confidence and improve your social and professional life as you are more likely to smile and carry on a conversation. Finally, teeth whitening can improve your oral health as people who have had their teeth whitened tend to take better care of their oral health.
A whiter smile can help you look younger, quicker, and give you the boost of confidence you need to enjoy life to the fullest. Contact your local dentist today to find out which teeth whitening treatments they have available.
Quality Dental Group is one of the leading Dental Groups with clinics in Ruislip, Fulham, Worthing, Shoreham, Coulsdon and Brighton. As a State-of-the-art dentistry, Quality Dental offers private and NHS treatments that are effective, and long-lasting.
Visit www.qualitydentalgroup.co.uk to know more.