Teeth whitening – is it right for me?
There’s nothing quite like a bright white smile. However, as we age, that bright white smile we knew so well when we were young can fade. The discolouration can be caused by underlying dental issues. However, it more typically results from staining caused by food, drinks and tobacco. Teeth are not solid structures. They have small pores that absorb the substances they encounter.
What are your options?
There are a range of teeth whitening options available. You can buy DIY products in supermarkets and pharmacies. You can also order whitening kits online. However, DIY options come with a level of risk. The costs can also quickly add up, with some costing more than what you’d pay for professional whitening.
At Whyte Orthodontics, we tailor our whitening plans. The service is carried out by a qualified dental practitioner using a safe and proven approach. It’s affordable, and we deliver on our promises!
What are the risks?
If the whitening treatment is not undertaken by a qualified dental practitioner, you risk damaging your gums and other soft tissue. You also risk uneven whitening.
How long will it take to whiten your teeth?
When you visit, we will give you a realistic expectation of how long the whitening process will take for you. Not everyone’s teeth whiten to the same degree or at the same rate. The length of time it will take also depends on how discoloured your teeth are to begin with.
Generally speaking, you can expect the treatment will take a minimum of two weeks and possibly up to four weeks to achieve the desired result.
How long will your teeth stay white?
If you drink lots of tea and coffee, you enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, and love beetroot on your sandwiches, then your teeth will discolour sooner than someone who only drinks water and avoids other drinks and foods that have the potential to stain.
However, as a guide, your bright white smile should last anywhere from six months to two years.