Your questions about teeth whitening answered

Is whitening safe and effective?

With laser tooth whitening becoming very popular, there are a number of common questions which we will attempt to answer here. These were questions received from people considering having a teeth whitening treatment in Burton, Staffs but are equally applicable to all dentists.

Why do Teeth Become Discoloured?

Discolouration can be caused by a number of factors; diet, smoking and red wine consumption amongst them. However, it is also a natural part of ageing and one that is virtually unavoidable to at least some degree.

Why Should I have my Teeth Whitened?

You don't HAVE to do, however, it is the quickest and cheapest way to bring the whiteness from your teeth and leave you with a great smile for not a lot of work.

Is it Safe?

Yes, tooth whitening has been done for a long time now with little or no significant side effects. There is a possibility that you may experience some extra sensitivity for a short time afterwards but this usually goes quickly.

Can't I do this at home?

Yes .. You can use tooth whitening toothpaste if you only want a very tiny improvement. Home kits are stronger but there is a moderate risk of burning your gums and/or lips. You will get the best results at a dentist and without the burns risk.

What does the laser actually do?

The laser simply activates the whitening gel that is placed on your teeth. It increases the oxidisation process to give the best results.

How long does it take?

The whole process takes only one hour. Even if the discolouration is bad, a session will still only take this time. It is possible to have further treatments though should they be needed to make your teeth even whiter.

Does it work on Crowns or Veneers?

It can bring some of the old colour back to older crowns and veneers but new ones will not change colour. It is wise to ask your dentist about this before proceeding.

Will it make much difference to my whiteness?

The results may vary from person to person, but improvements by as much as a factor of 14 have been noted. You will almost certainly see a significant change.

How long does the whiteness last?

This will depend on your diet and whether you smoke but as a ballpark figure; usually between a year and a year and a half.

Does it hurt?

No although your teeth may be sensitive for a while after so it is best not to eat very hot or cold food and drinks until it has settled.