Make your teeth go ‘ting’

teeth whitening
We’re only joking, of course. However, when you have a teeth whitening treatment, you might be so proud of your teeth that you will feel like they do go ‘ting’ when you smile.

Everyone has a different vision of the perfect smile but most people can agree that brighter teeth are preferable. You have choices when it comes to teeth whitening at a dental practice such as The Dental Surgery Burnham. You can choose where to have your treatment, what shade to aim for and how often you want to top up to maintain your look.

How does teeth whitening work?

Different methods of teeth whitening work in different ways. If you want to know more about the science behind it, you can ask your dentist. Some methods use a gentle abrasive that cleans off deep stains. Others might rely more on a safe bleaching agent.

There are a number of reasons why your teeth become discoloured. It could be an effect of aging or perhaps lifestyle factors like a love of strongly coloured food and drink or smoking. This type of staining is likely to respond to whitening. When you have a consultation with the dentist, they will let you know what you can expect based on an examination of your mouth.

It is possible that you have stains that were caused by the ingestion of a medication or chemical when you were younger. In this case, the marks are built into the teeth and so cannot be removed using teeth whitening. Your dentist might suggest something like veneers to cover your teeth if this is the case and you would still really like to have whiter teeth.

Where to have your treatment

If you have relatively light stains and want your work done quickly then consider in-clinic whitening. This only takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth by a few shades.

If you want deeper cleansing and have the time then at-home whitening might be more suitable. With this method, you have custom trays made for your teeth. You wear them for the prescribed period of time each day, over the course of a couple of weeks, to see an effect. You can also then top up using the same trays for a few days every three months or so.