Taking full advantage of our flexible home teeth whitening treatments.
Modern life is fast, and many of us want things to happen almost immediately. For some things, this is OK, but when it comes to our teeth, faster is not always better. A good case in point is orthodontic treatment, where a longer, gentle treatment is often the preferred way to avoid damaging the teeth.
When it comes to having whiter looking teeth, it can be tempting to look for shortcuts.
Unfortunately some of the most popular of these are promoted by ‘influencers’ online and may not only be less effective than claimed, but could also cause potential harm to your teeth.
A quick first step
We will come to the various cosmetic teeth whitening options shortly. Before we do that, it is worth mentioning a positive side effect of the ‘scale and polish’ procedure that is carried out by the hygienist at Blue Sky Dental. This non invasive treatment is primarily aimed at gum disease prevention and is something that all of our patients should have on a six monthly basis.
While it is a great procedure for removing hardened tartar from the teeth and gum line, it also has the effect of removing some of the surface staining from your teeth too. The sonic tool that shatters tartar build up, followed by the high speed brush, can remove quite a lot of surface staining and give your teeth an instant whitening boost. Especially if you feel your teeth only need improving a little, this is a great place to start, and one which will also contribute towards a healthy mouth.
As regular readers of our blogs will know though, not all tooth discolouration occurs on the surface, and often stems from a darkening of the dentin layer that lies below the enamel. Where this is the case, no amount of surface brushing will change this and a professional teeth whitening procedure is necessary.
Our home teeth whitening kits
Where surface enamel staining is not the problem, only a professionally supervised teeth whitening treatment can help. We do ask that our patients of our Chelmsford dental clinic avoid the ‘DIY’ solutions that can be found on the internet. Most of these simply don’t work and many can do actual irreversible harm to your teeth. It really isn’t worth the risk.
The home teeth whitening kits that we offer at Blue Sky Dental are an excellent and convenient way of lightening the colour of the dentin layer that sits beneath the enamel. This usually darkens as we get older and can’t really be avoided.
In effect, the treatment will ‘bleach’ the internal parts of the tooth, causing them to lighten and therefore making your teeth look much whiter than they previously did.
The trays that we provide to put the whitening ingredient in before fitting them over your teeth are made following examinations and impressions that we take of your teeth. This ensures a comfortable but close fit that minimises the risk of any of the bleaching gel coming into contact with the gums and other soft tissues, which could be painful.
Once we are happy that your mouth is healthy and clear of any gum problems, you can have these trays made for you in just a short time. We will discuss the level of whiteness that you want to have and suggest a strength of solution and the amount of time you should wear the trays. You should start to see results within a week or so and can stop your treatment at any time that you are happy with the new lighter shade of your teeth.
Are there risks?
Teeth whitening is safe in the hands of a professional but we have mentioned earlier that all DIY solutions are best avoided. There are no real risks if supervised by a dentist and if you use the correct materials. The biggest risk of course, is if you use an illegal whitening outlet. This is often done by some people to save money, but the risks are high and just not worth it. Some of these illegal outlets have been shown to use potentially dangerous levels of the bleaching ingredient which are likely to cause significant damage to the enamel and your gums too. Not only does this risk the health of your teeth but also increases the likelihood of future staining due to the rough damaged surface of the tooth which allows staining ingredients to attach more easily.
A few patients may experience a little additional sensitivity when they have a teeth whitening procedure but this usually disappears after a short while. In fact, a teeth whitening treatment, carried out correctly, is so safe that it can be repeated whenever you feel that your teeth could do with a whitening boost.
If you would like to find out more about about the teeth whitening procedure and have any questions, such as how quickly it can work, please arrange to have an initial consultation with one of the cosmetic dentists at Blue Sky Dental. You can arrange yours by calling our team on 01245 211070.