What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth whitening is the process of removing stains from the enamel of your teeth by applying a special whitening material. The whitening material penetrates the outer layer of the enamel and takes out stains that cannot be removed otherwise. Professional tooth whitening systems are administered and overseen by your dentist and dental team. They are a non invasive way of lightening the colour of your teeth.
What are my options for Professional Tooth Whitening?
Professional tooth whitening can be done in the dental chair or with a take- home kit. Both of these approaches use a peroxide-based whitening solution to lighten the colour of your teeth.
Tooth whitening carried out at Wessington Dental / Northern Centre for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry, involves applying a strong peroxide material to your teeth for a period of time. This solution is removed at the end of your appointment. During the appointment, a laser or other light may be used to increase the effect of in-chair whitening. Regardless of whether the light is used or not, you will leave with noticeably whiter teeth.
At Wessington Dental / Northern Centre for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry we prefer to give you a professional take-home tooth whitening kit. This includes your own custom-made teeth trays plus a supply of peroxide-based tooth whitening solution. The trays are worn for a period of time each day according to your dentist’s instructions. Generally the take home kits work more gently over a few nights but you will notice your teeth become whiter over this time.
What are the advantages of the various Tooth Whitening options?
Professional in-chair whitening provides the most immediate results.
Professional take-home whitening has the most research proving its effectiveness and is less costly than in-chair whitening.
Non-professional whitening systems have more risk of complications (i.e. tooth sensitivity), less predictability and can cause lasting damage to teeth.
I think I’d like Tooth Whitening what do I do next?
Following a consultation with one of our dentists, the best type of tooth whitening for you is selected. We will then agree a treatment plan that is within your budget and also tell you what to expect over the next few appointments.