May 4, 2020
What Is The Best Teeth Whitening Treatment and Why?
Having your teeth whitened can help to transform your confidence if staining has made you self-conscious about your smile - but which is the best solution to choose?
Teeth whitening products can help to remove deep-set stains and make your teeth appear brighter and whiter, but they should be used with caution. The NHS always advises that teeth whitening should only be carried out under the guidance of a professional dentist.
Our choice of food, the ageing process and sometimes staining as a result of a condition, treatment or illness can impact the colour of our teeth.
Thanks to developments in teeth whitening technology it is now possible to remove deep-set stains and surface stains, which will result in a brighter and whiter smile.
If you’re curious about teeth whitening products, you might be wondering which ones are the best for your purposes. It is this ability to effectively lighten the teeth – and to do so safely – that determines which products make the best choice.
Bear in mind that some conditions cannot be addressed with teeth whitening and you will need to seek out alternative treatments to hide discolouration. This commonly occurs when the teeth have darkened because of trauma or through the use of certain medications.
Find the best teeth-whitening solution for you
The first step in your teeth whitening journey should always be a consultation with your dentist who will assess the suitability of your teeth to the treatment and advise you on the best options.
Options available to you could include:
In-office treatments with laser whitening
Home teeth whitening
Where possible, we will always recommend the highly effective and safe Enlighten teeth whitening solution. This is a favourite product among Bhandal Dental practice patients and dentists alike. It is highly versatile and can be adapted to your lifestyle. It also offers consistent and reliable results.
The benefits of Enlighten teeth whitening
Enlighten is a market leader in the teeth whitening sector, and this is for a good reason. This system can help to make teeth up to 16 shades lighter and is the only product on the marketing able to claim to achieve such results.
As well as achieving remarkable results the method is also safe and gentle on teeth. You won’t have any additional sensitivity, which can be a common problem after teeth whitening.
Where other teeth whitening solutions have been found to be abrasive and painful in the past, leaving teeth feeling very sensitive after treatment, Enlighten has been developed to minimise these side effects.
The treatment is applied at home over a two-week period using carefully created moulds that fit the teeth to stop any solution from getting onto the gums. A final in-surgery treatment makes sure of the quality of the finish.
The majority of the treatment is completed in the comfort of your own home at a time to suit you. This means that you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair overall. The final whitening treatment takes around 30 minutes and it uses a special laser to intensify the potency of the whitening chemicals.
What if my teeth cannot be whitened?
If you are told that your teeth cannot be whitened, don’t panic. You don’t have to be stuck with discolouration forever. There are methods you can try to achieve a brighter smile.
The first step would be to book a dental hygienist appointment to help remove any surface staining. Many people are surprised at how much this simple treatment can brighten their smiles.
Next, consider alternative treatments such as porcelain veneers or crowns. Porcelain veneers are a permanent solution to achieve white teeth. They are ideal for people whose teeth are not suitable for teeth whitening. The veneers are bonded to the tooth to cover the surface.
Crowns offer a similar treatment but are applied to individual teeth. A cheaper alternative would be composite veneers, which use composite resin to change the appearance of the teeth.
Home teeth whitening kits are widely available, however, when applying chemicals inside the mouth it is always advisable to seek expert dental care. There is also the possibility that the whitening agent in some home kits will not be strong enough to achieve the shade that you want. This can be incredibly frustrating, particularly if you spend a lot of money on the kit.
If the whitening trays are not professionally fitted there is the chance that chemicals can leak out around the trays and burn the gums. The rise in injuries related to unprofessional teeth whitening has led to warnings against teeth whitening treatments in beauty salons where there is no dental professional present.
When it comes to the health of your teeth, always play it safe. Working with a dental professional will also protect you from over-whitening your teeth, which can cause permanent staining and patchy discolouration.
Enlighten is a state-of-the-art teeth whitening treatment that is safe and effective. To achieve long-lasting, stunning results from teeth whitening ask for an Enlighten treatment at Bhandal Dental Practice.