Teeth whitening treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures in the UK. It’s a quick and simple way to give your smile an extra boost before a special occasion and the result will be a beautiful smile you want to show off.
Over time, our teeth become stained by the food and drink we consume, with drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine being particular culprits. Habits such as smoking further stain the teeth, causing them to lose some of their bright, natural sheen. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to give your teeth their sparkle back.
At Southfields Dental Centre, we use the popular Zoom teeth whitening system to whiten your teeth in the practice, and also offer home teeth whitening.
If you are thinking about having teeth whitening, the most important thing to remember is that it must only be carried out under the care of a qualified dentist.
Teeth whitening products available online or over the counter will be of inferior standard and could actually damage your teeth. Systems such as Zoom, used by dentists, are reliable and safe. Your dentist can also identify any problems such as tooth decay, receding gums or gum disease that should be treated before teeth whitening begins, because the treatment should only be carried out on healthy teeth.
There are two options for teeth whitening treatment: home whitening and in-practice whitening. It is also possible to combine the two options for maximum results.
Home teeth whitening involves the use of custom-made whitening trays and whitening gel. You put a small amount of gel in the trays and wear them as little as an hour a day or overnight for two weeks.
In-practice whitening takes place here in Southfields Dental Centre. Your dentist will protect your lips, gums and tongue before applying whitening gel to your teeth. A special light is then shone on to the gel to activate it, and all you need to do is sit back and relax while it gets to work. You may also be given some gel and trays so you can top up at home as necessary.
You could have teeth several shades brighter in less than two hours – it really is that simple.