Having a great-looking, healthy smile is a real confidence booster for many of our patients at the Dental Care Group in Southend. Tooth whitening continues to be a very popular cosmetic dentistry treatment with us, as it is throughout the world. This is because it is an effective and non-invasive way to improve your smile without the need for treatments that will alter your teeth forever.
Why do teeth discolour?
Teeth can become stained and yellow due to a variety of causes, including simple neglect, which is why it is important to have regular dental check-ups and hygienist visits. Staining can come from drinking highly pigmented drinks, not just tea and coffee, but also juice, such as cranberry, and eating richly coloured fruits such as blueberries. Teeth can also be affected by exposure to fluoride and antibiotics. Aging also affects our teeth as they lose their brightness over the years.
One consequence of having discoloured teeth is a loss of confidence. You don’t want people to see your stained teeth, so you stop smiling and when you stop smiling, you don’t produce as much serotonin, the happy chemical. Is this already happening to you? Maybe you hold a hand over your mouth when you smile, or you supress your smile.
How we do tooth whitening in Southend
Here, at the Dental Care Group in Southend, tooth whitening can be done in 2 different ways. If you want an instant makeover you can come in to see us and have your teeth whitened in the practice clinic. The whitening gel is put into trays, which are fitted over your teeth once we have put in barriers to protect your lips and gums. It takes around an hour for the whitening gel, which is activated by a special lamp, to lighten your teeth.
If you are in less of a hurry you can have trays specially made to fit your mouth and then take them home with a milder form of bleaching gel. Over the next 2 weeks, you wear the gel-filled trays in bed at night, or for a few hours during the day, after which you can expect to start seeing results.