The appearance of your teeth and smile is directly influenced by your oral hygiene, age, genetics, and lifestyle habits. Regular brushing and flossing is key in maintaining your dental health, but your enamel will naturally wear over time, exposing the yellowish dentin beneath. Eating dark-coloured foods, drinking alcohol, and smoking can also contribute to dental discolouration. Fortunately, cosmetic teeth whitening can reverse the effects of dental ageing and staining, giving you a brighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile.
HOW DOES COSMETIC TEETH WHITENING WORK?
The stains on your teeth are made up of compounds called chromogens that accumulate in or on the surface of the teeth. These stains can be removed by application of an opalescent gel containing an active whitening ingredient. Oxygen molecules within the whitening agent react with the bonds in the stained portions of your teeth, breaking them down and bleaching them.
There are a range of dental whitening systems that can remove these stains, at varying efficacies. In-chair cosmetic teeth whitening can achieve more dramatic results than over-the-counter products due to the higher concentrations of peroxide used. The intensity and rate of bleaching is further enhanced by the addition of heat or blue light, which is exposed to the teeth after application of the whitening agent. In-chair teeth whitening can achieve desirable results after just 30-60 minutes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COSMETIC TEETH WHITENING?
Whitening teeth is a simple, safe, and effective procedure that can have a significant impact on your confidence and appearance. A few of the benefits include:
LONG LASTING RESULTS
While the longevity of teeth whitening varies, a single treatment will typically last between six months and two years. Lifestyle habits such as eating dark-coloured foods or drinks, and using nicotine can counteract the results of teeth whitening over time. To maintain your preferred shade, it is recommended that you undertake additional ‘top-up’ treatments once a year.
SAFE & RELIABLE
Over-the-counter teeth whitening kits produce inconsistent results and are potentially harmful to your teeth when applied incorrectly or overused. On the other hand, professional in-chair teeth whitening is guaranteed to produce noticeable results for an enhanced appearance. They are carried out by qualified dental practitioners, who know how to whiten teeth using safe and reliable products and techniques.
FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR SMILE
For many, discoloured teeth can be a source of insecurity. Whiter teeth can significantly improve your smile, boosting your self-confidence.