There are lots of different teeth whitening systems on the market, and they are widely available from chemists and on the internet, so why go to your dentist for this treatment? There are lots of good reasons for doing so, and one of the best is that it is simply the safest way to bleach your teeth. Tooth whitening is a non-invasive, cosmetic dental procedure, and when properly done can prove to be a huge boost to self-confidence. However if this treatment is carried out on an unhealthy mouth then it could make any existing oral problems even worse.
The bleaching gels used are quite strong, even if they are bought over-the-counter or purchased online. If you have any signs of dental decay, or gum disease, then using bleaching gels on your teeth could be uncomfortable, or even painful. This is because any lesions in your teeth and gums will enable the bleaching gels to penetrate more easily and more deeply. Although you want the gel to penetrate your teeth to bleach away the stains, you don’t want it to penetrate too far.
Getting a Dental Check-up First
Even if you are thinking about using an over-the counter kit, you should still book an appointment with your dentist to see if home tooth whitening in London is the best course of action for you. Your dentist will be able to check your teeth and gums, and can treat any signs of disease so the whitening treatment is more comfortable.
Having Realistic Expectations
Everyone will get slightly different results from tooth whitening in London, and this is another advantage to having it done professionally. Your dentist is the best person to choose the correct type of treatment for you, and can also advise you as to the type of results that can realistically be achieved.
Certain teeth may not react as well to being bleached. If you have any dental crowns or veneers then these will not change colour during the treatment. This is because they are made from porcelain, a type of dental glass that is impervious to staining. If you do have dental restorations that currently blend in with your natural tooth colour, then you need to be aware that bleaching your teeth will give uneven results. You may need to budget for having these restorations replaced. Teeth that have been root treated may need to be bleached internally in order to achieve good results. Some types of fluorosis staining (white and brown flecks caused by excessive exposure to fluoride) will not respond well to teeth whitening in London. These are all problems that can be discussed and addressed with your dentist, and this is the kind of valuable advice you simply can’t get anywhere else.
Using Custom-made Bleaching Trays Lessens the Chance of Sensitivity
Some people do experience a slight sensitivity to the bleaching gels, and this effect is likely to be amplified if using over the counter whitening kits that allow the delicate gum tissue to come into contact with whitening gels. In contrast, custom-made bleaching trays, such as the Perfect Tray design, are made to fit precisely over the teeth, protecting the gums from the bleach.
In short, teeth whitening in London are best carried out by your dentist in surgery, or through using trays and gels prescribed especially for you. You’ll have the assurance that the treatment is fast, effective, and will leave you with a healthy white smile, and it’s probably more affordable than you think.