Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that involves bleaching your teeth in order to make them whiter. Several methods can be used in the teeth whitening process but the most popular are bleaching gel and laser whitening. Both of these methods are practised by qualified dentists however you can apply bleaching gel in the comfort of your own home by using a mouth-guard and following the instructions of a trusted professional in the field of dentistry.
Teeth whitening will help create a perfect smile as the colour of the teeth will be even and your smile will appear much brighter than before as any stains that were on your teeth will have been removed. Having a revised smile can also lead to several other benefits. Teeth discolouration is generally associated with the ageing process and once you’ve had your teeth whitened, the result can go a long way to helping make you look younger. This in turn can have a tremendous effect on your self-esteem. Your appearance, due to your new radiant smile, can help raise your morale and influence other aspects of your personal and work life.
Although teeth whitening is beneficial from both an aesthetic and psychological standpoint, there are some downsides to the procedure. Professional teeth whitening procedures use chemicals and bleaching agents such as peroxide. Some people are sensitive to these substances and your teeth and gums may be affected by their use. Whilst not everyone will have a negative reaction to these chemicals, it’s worth having a conversation with your dentist about any concerns you may have regarding this before you have the procedure.
After having the procedure it would be best to try and avoid certain foods and drinks in order to keep your teeth whiter for longer. Acidic food and foods rich in tannin such as berries, chocolate and citrus fruits will all affect the colour of your new teeth and some people end up avoiding them altogether. Coffee and red wine should also be avoided as they have the ability to stain your teeth quickly after whitening. Maintenance of your newly whitened teeth will extend beyond your usual brushing and flossing. It is worthwhile making frequent return visits to the dentist in order to keep your teeth the same shade.
Before having your teeth whitened, please ensure that you discuss the pros and cons with your dentist who will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment.