Having whiter teeth can boost your self-confidence, improve your appearance, and make you look younger. If you are considering whitening your teeth, you may have some questions. Specifically, how long it will take to see results. Here we will reveal answers to some important questions about teeth whitening.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Teeth can become discoloured for a wide range of reasons. Factors such as certain foods and drinks, tobacco use, poor dental hygiene, certain medications, advanced age, genetics, trauma, and environmental factors such as excessive fluoride. Teeth whitening works by using one of two types of bleach -hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When applied to the teeth, these bleaches break up stains which causes the colour to be less concentrated, resulting in a brighter smile.
Will teeth whitening harm my teeth?
Studies have shown that using 10% carbamide peroxide has no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface. Professional teeth whitening does not cause permanent damage to the enamel on your teeth and is considered harmless by most dental health professionals.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing
Does teeth whitening only work on natural teeth?
It is important to remember that teeth whitening procedures and products only work on natural tooth structure. This means that bleaching agents will not be effective when used on crowns, veneers, bridges, or bonding material. It may be necessary to have any dental work replaced after teeth whitening to match your newly whitened teeth.
How long will treatment take?
We would normally expect you to see results within two to three weeks.
How long will the effects last?
Teeth whitening is not permanent. We would normally advise that you have a top up treatment every year.
What aftercare will my teeth need?
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
- Visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
If you have any questions or would like any further information on teeth whitening do not hesitate to call Teeth & Smiles, today on 020 7352 7049 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists.