There are many different options in the market for teeth whitening, however it is highly recommended that you see a dentist before you engage in any whitening treatment and that it is done with their supervision.
Although, whitening is possible for most patients, not all people are suitable for bleaching, that’s why you must see your dentist who will conduct a proper examination and make sure that the whitening is right for you.
There are some factors that can make you unsuitable for teeth whitening, these include; if you have gum disease, if you have dentures, dental implants, crowns or veneers (because these don’t bleach), if your age is not suitable, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, If your permanent teeth are still developing, or if you defective or absent tooth enamel. Due to the diverse range of factors that may make you unsuitable for tooth whitening, it is important you see your dentist and discuss your options .
There two main tooth Whitening Options:
- Take home custom tray
- In chair bleaching
At DentoMak we have found that the take home custom tray option is more reliable and with longer lasting effects, and therefore it is our recommended whitening system.
What does the system involve:
First of all we take impressions of your teeth and create a mold so that the custom made bleaching trays are constructed that fit your teeth perfectly. Once they are ready we provide you with the trays and the bleaching material and instruct you on how to use it effectively it home. It usually takes between seven and fourteen days for you achieve the colour you want. Most of the time it is usual to achieve up to seven shades brighter teeth. The reason why this works more effectively is because it is done over a longer period of time. This is crucial for whitening gel to to work properly and bleach your teeth. It normally lasts between 18 – 24 months after which time the colour starts to fade. If you want to keep your teeth looking as white as they can you must repeat the treatment every two years, so keep your custom trays safe!
You may experience some sensitivity of the teeth during the bleaching process, but this is sensitivity is transient and will go away. There are measures that can be taken to reduce the sensitivity, they include the use of fluorides and tooth moose before and during the treatment.
Bleaching is a safe treatment as long as you follow the instructions of your dentist, and it does not damage the teeth.