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Why You Should Go To a Professional for Teeth Whitening

In today’s world, it is becoming increasingly popular to whiten your teeth to achieve the perfect set of pearly whites. More people are focused on having a whiter and brighter smile, which means there are more home teeth whitening kits available on the market. Nevertheless, in the same way that lightening your hair and skin can be damaging, lightening your teeth can also take its toll on your teeth’s condition. Not to mention, teeth whitening done by someone who is not qualified is illegal.

In order to whiten your teeth, you will need to use some kind of bleach or hydrogen peroxide to lift the colour. To avoid messing it up, it is recommended to visit a professional if you want to whiten your teeth.

Professional Teeth Whitening Process

The process is simple depending on the method of teeth whitening the dentist uses.

One method involves the dentist taking an impression of your teeth to create a mouth guard. The custom mouth guard will be used to hold and cover the gel while it lightens your teeth. The dentist will then instruct you on how to use the bleaching gel at home. Depending on the brand and strength of the gel, you can leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour. This method can take a couple of months. Some whitening gel can be left on for up to 8 hours and makes the lightening process a lot shorter. The teeth are cleaned in preparation.

There is also the option of laser teeth whitening. This is done by applying a thin layer of bleaching product to your teeth and holding it under a laser to activate the bleaching. This can take up to an hour.

Having your teeth whitened isn’t for everyone. If you have gum disease, crowns, fillings, veneers or dentures, you won’t be suitable for this treatment.

How Long Does It Last?

The treatment isn’t permanent and has been known to last a few months to three years. Overtime, the colour of your teeth will change. This is down to your diet and lifestyle. Drinking staining drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine can make your teeth yellow and are not recommended unless drunk through a straw. Smoking can also cause discolouration, so if the colour of your teeth is the main concern, it is best to avoid doing these activities.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of teeth bleaching can go from £195 to £1,000 depending on how many sessions you need to achieve the shade of white you want.

The Risks of Teeth Whitening

There is always a chance that the tissue in your gums can be damaged from the chemicals in the whitening gel. You can also suffer from chemical burns on your gums if the gel is left on for too long. Not only this, teeth whitening can cause damage to tooth enamel and cause sensitive teeth. The negative effects of teeth whitening is not commonly covered in dental insurance plans, so it is difficult to seek compensation.