Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular cosmetic treatment offered by us here at Paul Lowe. If you’re thinking about teeth whitening, here is your guide to the process….
The benefits of teeth whitening:
- Have a more natural shade to your teeth.
- Improved self confidence – if you’re unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, the chances are it will stop you smiling as much as you might like. By undergoing teeth whitening to improve the shade of your teeth, you’ll feel newly confident about smiling.
- Teeth whitening is bespoke – you can select the shade of white that you would like.
- Long-lasting – there is no specific time frame in which your teeth stay white after treatments. This all depends on how well you look after them post-treatment. If you apply a good dental health routine, your teeth will stay whiter for longer – read more about maintaining your newly white teeth below.
How does the teeth whitening process work?
Firstly, the dental hygienist here at Paul Lowe will deep clean your teeth, removing any plaque and tartar that has built up over your teeth overtime. A digital photograph of your teeth will be taken, so we can record the current shade of your teeth. As teeth whitening is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ process, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, so that the whitening trays are a perfect fit for your tooth-structure. Once you have chosen the shade you would like your teeth to be, the whitening agent can be applied to your teeth via the trays and this process is completed by you at home – your dentist will provide you with clear instructions about when to wear your whitening trays at home and for how long each time.
What’s wrong with DIY whitening kits and non-professional teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening should always be carried out by a professional with dental qualifications. This is because these methods are NOT bespoke and therefore carry certain dangers, notably the whitening trays being the wrong size for your teeth. This can cause the whitening agent to leek over onto your gums and cause irritation as well as more serious damage.
Here at Paul Lowe, our dentists have the necessary qualifications and experience to carry out this process safely and effectively.
How do I make my new smile last longer?
The answer is simple – a consistent dental hygiene routine. This consists of:
- Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes each time your brush.
- Using mouthwash to rinse away bacteria and food particles from the gaps in your teeth.
- Floss once a day to remove the persistent food particles from your mouth – some may be lodged in and not respond to mouthwash.
- Visit your dentist and dental hygienist at least once a year for check-ups.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please do not hesitate to contact us.