It’s the new year, and for many people that means embracing a new look. If you want to change the appearance of your smile for 2016, one of the simplest and quickest way to do it is with teeth whitening treatment.
Teeth whitening treatment is gentle and non-invasive. All it involves is lightening the colour of your teeth using special whitening gel, without making any changes to their shape. At Meadowbank Dental Practice we use Zoom teeth whitening, which is safe, tested and effective, unlike whitening treatments sold online.
We offer two options for teeth whitening: you can carry it out at home yourself, or you can come to see us in the practice for treatment. You can also combine the two options.
If you go for home teeth whitening, we’ll check you’re suitable for treatment and your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. That’s so we can make you bespoke teeth-whitening trays, which will fit over your teeth exactly, minimising the chances of the teeth whitening gel coming into contact with other parts of your mouth. When your trays are ready, your dentist will demonstrate how to use them. You just need to place a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them for about 45 minutes a day for two weeks.
For whitening at the practice, we don’t use a laser light as studies have shown that this is not effective. You will need to come to see us for at least two sessions, possibly more, depending on the shade you wish to achieve. Many of our in-practice whitening patients also top up treatment with a home whitening kit.
Teeth whitening is suitable for most patients. However, it must only be carried out on healthy teeth, so any decay or gum disease will need to be treated first. If you have very sensitive teeth, whitening treatment could make the problem worse, and teeth with many fracture lines may also not be suitable for treatment. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, whitening should be postponed until your baby is weaned. All of this will be discussed at your initial teeth whitening assessment.