IS YOUR SMILE AS WHITE as it used to be? Even good oral hygiene won’t prevent tooth discoloration forever. While daily brushing and flossing help keep your teeth clean and healthy, it’s normal to feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle as you get older. If you’re looking to bring that sparkle back, cosmetic tooth whitening may be the answer!
Teeth Change Color Over Time
Here are some reasons our teeth may be a bit more discolored than we’d like:
- Food and Drink: Coffee, tea, red wine, and cola are all drinks with strong color pigments that easily attach to enamel, the outer part of the tooth.
- Age: Over time, tooth enamel gets thinner, allowing the more yellow dentin to show through.
- Smoking: The tar in tobacco is naturally dark and nicotine, when mixed with oxygen in the air, turns into a yellow surface-staining substance.
Tooth Whitening Is A Simple Process
Whitening agents use hydrogen peroxide in one form or another to brighten your smile. Hydrogen peroxide acts as a strong, bleaching agent that breaks up deep stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. It’s that simple!
Teeth Whitening Options For Everyone
In-surgery bleaching is done at the dentist’s practice and is a fast, effective way to whiten your teeth. You can usually get your whitening done in three visits, depending on the method used and the severity of tooth discoloration.
First you you two gels at home over a period of two weeks. Then you come in to get your teeth whitened, with a special whitening boosting gel. This whitening gel is activated and then applied directly to the tooth surface using special trays. This gel activation enhances the action of the whitening agent. A couple of applications normally gets your teeth to the ideal shade of white, B1 as dentists call it. This Enlighten Professional Teeth Whitening method produces the best and fastest tooth-whitening results.
At-home bleaching is another option! Many use at-home whitening kits to supplement their in-office whitening treatments. Ask us about our at-home whitening kits after your in-surgery whitening procedure to keep your newly white smile sparkling!
Over-the-counter whitening kits are also widely available for home use. These provide trays to hold whitening gel or whitening strips that stick to your teeth. Over-the-counter products contain a weaker whitening agent than the products you can get from your dentist and as a result, require a longer treatment period. Feel free to contact us with any questions when using at-home products and always follow package directions.
Whitening toothpaste such as Evo-White is another simple option for those who want a whiter smile! Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives that remove stains on the enamel, helping your teeth stay clean and bright.
Put The Shine Back In Your Smile!
Whitening procedures are a fast and simple way to boost your confidence and brighten your smile. And getting that white, sparkly smile you’ve always wanted has never been easier. Give us a call or stop by. We’d love to discuss what whitening options would be best for you and your teeth!Thank you for placing your trust in our practice!
New Year Teeth Whitening Offer
To help celebrate 2016 we are offering a £100 discount on Enlighten tooth whitening. Please contact the practice on 01474 365671 to book an appointment.
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