The appearance of our teeth and smile is something that can change over the years. This can be due to the food and drink we consume, or lifestyle choices such as smoking. The appearance of our teeth can also change due to medication we may take, or it can simply be a result of tooth enamel being worn down over time, making it easier for tooth discolouration. Whatever the case may be, tooth discolouration can make an individual self-conscious, but there is a solution. If you would like to whiten your teeth, you can choose to have tooth whitening treatment.
If you have decided to have teeth whitening treatment, you will be happy to know that whitening your teeth is a safe and effective treatment and there are different treatment options available for your individual needs. Before starting any form of teeth whitening, you will be invited to have a consultation where a dentist will be able to conduct an examination of your teeth and gums to ensure that the treatment is suitable for you.
What teeth whitening treatments are available?
One teeth whitening dental treatment which is offered to patients is Zoom teeth whitening. Zoom whitening is a bleaching process which can only be carried out by a dentist in their practice. Before starting the treatment, a protective barrier is placed on your lips and gums, before the teeth whitening gel is applied to your teeth. The bleaching process is activated by using a lamp which is positioned over your teeth. The complete dental treatment can last up to an hour and the gel is often applied for three fifteen-minute sessions using the lamp. Once this is complete, a fluoride paste gel is applied to the teeth which aims to reduce the sensitivity of your teeth.
If however, you do not want to whiten your teeth at a dental practice, there is another option available to patients, known as the home whitening treatment.
Home whitening treatment consists of customised plastic mouth trays which are able to fit comfortably over your teeth along with a teeth whitening gel. The whitening gel is applied to the mouth tray which is then worn either at night or for a few hours during the day. The results of this treatment can usually be seen after two weeks and the main advantage of this treatment is that you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home and you can control how white you want your teeth to be.
There is also an additional option to use a combination of the Zoom and home whitening, however this will be based on the advice of the dentist, who will be able to determine the best option for you.
Why should I invest in teeth whitening?
Investing in teeth whitening can bring a number of benefits. One of the most popular reasons for an individual investing in teeth whitening treatment is to improve the appearance of their teeth, either for a special occasion like a wedding or a birthday, or to boost self-confidence.