A brilliant white smile can really brighten your entire face, helping you to make positive first impressions. There are many factors that can make your teeth look less than bright. Genetics, environmental factors, and even foods and beverages can cause teeth to look stained or dingy. Professional teeth whitening is an excellent way to really brighten the smile and eliminate stains. Call Sensation Smiles to schedule your teeth whitening appointment today.
What causes tooth discoloration?
When it comes to teeth, there are two types of stains: Intrinsic and extrinsic. Extrinsic stains are the ones caused by outside factors and are the most responsive to teeth whitening. The biggest causes of extrinsic stains are smoking, coffee, red wine, and tea. Intrinsic stains are typically a result of the natural aging process, excess fluoride in childhood, and some medications. As we get older, our tooth enamel becomes thinner, allowing the yellow tinted dentin to show through.
How teeth whitening works
During the teeth whitening process, a bleaching agent is applied to the teeth. The hydrogen peroxide inside the bleaching agent penetrates the enamel, which starts the oxidation process of lifting deep set stains. The result is teeth that appear bright white and free of stains.
Why professional teeth whitening is best
With the availability of so many whitening products on the market, many may wonder if professional teeth whitening is necessary. Our short answer is, yes.
Our longer answer is that over the years, we’ve found that while over the counter products can whiten teeth somewhat, they do have limitations.
- Over the counter products are weaker than professional whitening gel. This is the same concept as over the counter versus doctor prescribed medications. As dental professionals, we can use whitening treatments that have much stronger bleaching agents for more effective whitening.
- Over the counter products do not provide the same level of protection. If you have a history of tooth or gum sensitivity, you should always opt for professional whitening. During our treatment, we monitor patients for any signs of sensitivity. With over the counter options there is a higher potential of sensitivity during application.
- Professional whitening produces uniform results. Every mouth shape is unique, yet over the counter whitening products are one size fits all. That means, there is no way to ensure that the trays deliver even whitening. The final product could end up an uneven mess. Whether you are receiving our in-office solution or our custom fabricated at-home whitening trays, we can ensure that your smile will whiten evenly.
- Professional whitening produces faster results. Patients who opt for in-office whitening can leave their appointment with a whiter, brighter smile in just a single visit. With our custom-fitted at-home trays, patients achieve a whiter smile in much less time than over the counter alternatives.
The safety of teeth whitening
Perhaps you’ve heard that teeth whitening isn’t a safe procedure. We’d like to weigh in. Countless studies have proven that professional teeth whitening under the supervision of a dentist is completely safe. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in our office.
Getting started with professional teeth whitening
Are you ready to get rid of stains and enjoy a brighter smile? If so, you should call the team at Sensational Smiles to schedule your consultation for teeth whitening. Not sure if you would rather do in-office or at-home whitening? No problem, we can help! During your appointment we will look at your teeth and help determine which method is best for you.
It’s important to note that teeth whitening does not work on restorative materials. If you have fillings, veneers, or dental crowns, they will not alter after tooth whitening. In many cases, we recommend teeth whitening before having other dental procedures to ensure that the entire smile is a uniform colour.
At Sensational Smiles, we offer a full range of cosmetic dental services to give you a smile that makes you feel great. To set up your appointment, call 020 8629 1433 today.