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Teeth Whitening

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About Whitening

Teeth whitening has become the most requested cosmetic dentistry treatment in recent years.  More and more, people are paying for a whiter, brighter smile. This popular procedure involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.

Decades ago, this procedure was mainly popular amongst the wealthy or celebrities who wanted a “Hollywood White” smile. Nowadays, there are many affordable methods to achieve the perfect white teeth, and we can all benefit from this safe, painless treatment.

We all suffer from tooth discolouration. As a person ages, adult teeth change in colour and become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth, and because the enamel becomes phosphate deficient. Other factors, such as lifestyle, can speed up the darkening of the tooth. It is well known that smoking and alcohol (red wine, in particular) can cause a gradual reduction in the brilliance of the enamel. Interestingly, some healthy foods, such as certain fruits and vegetables can also darken our teeth over time.

Advice

It is recommended that this treatment only be carried out by a dental professional, or under the supervision of a dentistry professional. Although the treatment is often available at beauty salons and home kits are obtainable for purchase on the internet, without a dental examination to determine the correct treatment method and strength of bleach used (based on your dental health) you could cause serious damage to your oral health, such as blistering of the gums or increased tooth sensitivity.

Methods

Take Home Mouthguard

The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard. He will then instruct you on how to use it with a bleaching gel. Then you can take your mouthguard home, and you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks until to achieve the desired results.

The type method used will depend on the severity of the discolouration and your health.

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