Teeth Whitening

We all aim for shiny white teeth and a perfect smile, but what is the best way the brighten and whiten our teeth?

It is important to still think of the benefits that whitening toothpaste and mouthwashes can have, when used on a daily basis but when it comes to whitening your teeth, the best resource is your dentist. Whitening toothpastes will not affect the natural colour of you teeth, but can help to reduce stains. Home whitening kits can often boast of extensive whitening changes, when in reality- you are left underwhelmed and with results that usually don’t last very long. They can also carry many risks because a professional is not carrying them out.

Berry Lane Dental surgery offers Philips Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening treatment that takes only 60 minutes and makes your teeth go up to 8 shades lighter. This treatment is perfect for anyone who is looking for instant and effective results. A covering to protect your gums from the treatment, will be placed over the gums by a Dental Professional during the procedure; where a pH booster and a EU Compliant Zoom gel formula will be applied to the teeth. The treatment will consist of 4×15 minute sessions using advanced LED whitening technology for optimum impact and whitening success.

Although there is a very low risk when embarking on a tooth whitening treatment provided by your dentist, there may be a chance of your gums or teeth becoming sensitive. Meaning, that if you normally have issue with tooth or gum sensitivity, the effect of this may increase. However, this is usually a temporary effect that can last up to a couple of days. If any of the side effects continue you should seek professional advice from your dentist.

While the results of the treatment can last up to 3 years (depending on the person), Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. The results of the treatment will generally not last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, as these substances can stain your teeth.

It is also important to know that tooth whitening will not improve the shade of artificial teeth. Tooth coloured fillings, bridges, veneers and crowns will not benefit from being bleached.

Once your teeth have been whitened, there are a few things you can do to prolong the results of the treatment:

  • Try to avoid exposing your teeth to food, drink and substances that could stain your teeth such as smoking, drinking red wine, tea or coffee. If you do consume staining beverages, make sure to drink these using a straw, which helps the liquid to avoid touching the front of you teeth.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at east once a day to remove plaque build up.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to seek advice and preventative oral health support.

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