Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from the teeth through dental bleaching. The end result is a set of teeth, or an individual tooth, which looks ‘whiter’.
Why would I need a teeth whitening procedure?
People choose teeth whitening as a dental treatment to improve the appearance of their teeth, which can have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem. Here are some common dental problems which lead to people seeking this treatment:
A discoloured tooth
Poor tooth enamel
What’s the procedure and cost?
The first thing dentists need to consider before undertaking teeth whitening is the level of staining, discolouration and general dental health of the patient. These will be important factors in choosing the right kind of teeth whitening treatment.
There are two kinds of teeth whitening available to patients:
Non-bleach teeth whitening products. These products can be purchased from retail stores and self-administered. For example, there are many whitening strips and high-end toothpastes that promise a teeth whitening finish. These are used by dentists for annual cleans, so with a good amount of dedication and hard brushing, a teeth whitening effect can be achieved.
Teeth whitening bleaching procedure. Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. It involves a dentist putting a rubber shield or a gel around the patient’s gums to protect the soft tissue, before applying the whitening product to the teeth.
The cost of professional bleaching varies depending on the extent of the treatment required and where you live. Our team of patient co-ordinators are on hand to help you find the most competitive price.
Pre-requisites for treatment
Candidates for teeth whitening should consult a qualified dental practitioner before undertaking any bleaching procedures, as some people can have adverse reactions to the chemicals found in whitening products.
If you’d like to find out more about teeth whitening and whether it is a suitable treatment for you, please get in touch with one of our patient co-ordinators who will be happy to discuss your requirements.