Whiter teeth are top of the wish-list for many people interested in cosmetic dentistry. Our teeth become stained by certain foods and drinks, including red wine and coffee, by smoking and by some medicines and medicated mouthwashes. Many people also find that as they become older they notice their teeth start to lose much of their natural lustre.
At Benhill Dental Practice we offer teeth whitening treatment to help you get that sparkle back in your smile. Teeth whitening can be carried out here at the dental practice or in the comfort of your own home. It’s a fast and effective way to remove the everyday stains from your teeth and give them a natural, brighter, whiter appearance.
Here’s how the treatment options work:
Home teeth whitening
If you choose home teeth whitening, you will still need to visit the dental practice so that your dentist can assess your suitability for treatment, and can take impressions of your teeth for your custom-made teeth whitening trays to be created.
When these trays are ready, we will see you again to check that they fit snuggly and will show you how to use them. You place a small amount of teeth whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight for about two weeks.
Power whitening takes place here in our Sutton dental practice. Your lips and gums will be shielded and whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. A special lamp is placed over your teeth to activate the gel, which will gently remove even stubborn stains from your teeth. Power whitening takes just one hour, and will result in teeth that are several shades whiter.
Whichever option you choose, it’s important to remember that teeth whitening should only be carried out by a dentist or dental hygienist. The products used in dental practices, unlike those available online or on the high street, are tried, tested and safe. Teeth whitening should also only be carried out on healthy teeth, as patients with cavities or enamel erosion are more likely to experience sensitivity.