Tooth whitening is a process where stained and discoloured teeth are bleached white using a series of chemical treatments. It is one of the most affordable and commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures and widely offered by most dentists.
Teeth can become discoloured for a number of reasons. In some instances the discolouring is hereditary or related to another ongoing medical condition. Sometimes it can be down to lifestyle choices made by the patient such as using tobacco products or drinking red wine or coffee on a regular basis. However, in most cases the discolouration of teeth is down to nothing more than the aging process. As we get older, just as our hair begins to lose its colour, so do our teeth. But luckily, just as it is possible to reverse the loss of hair colour with dyes, it is also possible to reverse the loss of tooth colour.
Discolouration can be slowed by effective brushing and flossing but once enamel has become stained it can only be returned to its original white colour through staining. Most teeth whitening procedures will initially take place in the dentist’s surgery. This is because whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide, an active agent which can damage the soft tissue of the gums, lips and tongue if applied incorrectly. Dentists may offer reduced strength pre-prepared home whitening trays for patients after initial treatments. It is important to remember that buying whitening products from the internet can be very dangerous because of inconsistencies in strength. Always consult a Bristol dentist prior to any kind of tooth whitening
Tooth whitening has different affects on different patients. Some patients respond very well to treatment and have visibly whiter teeth after only one session. For others it may take three or four applications before the teeth appear to be visibly whiter. In successful treatments, teeth can be whitened up to an incredible ten shades. If you are considering returning your discoloured teeth to their former glory, consult a Bristol dentist about tooth whitening treatments.