Is teeth whitening really a good idea for me?

I think we can all understand the appeal of having whiter teeth, but also that we can get a bit carried away by the glamour of it all.  There’s no doubt that the freedom of a wide smile is a confidence builder when you need it, but it’s important to understand whether it really is the right choice for you.

I remember watching an episode of Friends some years ago, when Ross decided that bright white teeth would impress his new girlfriend.  They were so white that they glowed in the dark!  Not the impression he was hoping for, but it made me chuckle.

So – what’s it all about?

Teeth whitening comes under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry.  Note that only registered professional dentists and hygienists can legally give this treatment.  It uses products which contain hydrogen peroxide (yes – in a different strength, it is used to bleach hair) or carbamide peroxide to make your teeth appear brighter and whiter.  

The advantages

An attractive smile makes us more appealing, according to most adults, whether that means appeal to potential partners or appeal to potential employers.  Such a smile also improves our confidence and releases any inhibition we previously felt about smiling.

The risks

Side effects such as gum irritation, tooth sensitivity may occur.  However, this is only the case if the trays used to contain the gel and  fit around the teeth do not fit snugly enough.   Your dentists will take an impression of your teeth to ensure that the trays are custom-made for your teeth – not a one size fits all.

If you try to whiten your teeth with over the counter products, you are obviously taking a risk.  It is so much safer and reassuring to consult your dentist for advice about this.

It is the case that not everyone is suitable for whitening.  Whitening isn’t effective on veneers, fillings and crowns; nor is it much use for tooth discoloration which is grey, brown or has been caused by trauma.  Your dentist may actually save you from wasting your money – and is there to advise you.

Will the whitening be permanent?

No.  It tends to vary from patient to patient.  It could last for months or for years.  A lot depends on how you care for your teeth as a routine, and again, a dentist or hygienist will advise you about the necessary regime.

Why not use the professionals who have the knowledge and the experience to guide you?  Make the call today and have peace of mind.

Are you ready for a whiter, brighter smile?

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