Teeth Whitening

Tooth whitening works only a little in some, through to quite well for most people. As the effective bleaching agent is peroxide, it will always aggravate the gums a little, but it will not cause term problems, except for those who have gum disease and those who have gum recession caused by ongoing gum disease.

Occasionally, after bleaching a tooth may become quite tender, with short sharp pains called ‘zingers’; but this will settle and cause no ongoing problems.

As you can see, there are potential hazards and the pitfalls with this treatment. The good news with bleaching is that it has been simplified greatly. Gone are the blue lights which have been shown not to be as important as the quality of the bleaching system.

We use the Opalescence system where we paint a protective film on the gums to protect them prior to the bleaching system being painted on twice over a period of an hour. We issue each and every patient with clear mouth guard shaped trays to enable the patient to top up the bleaching for an improved and sustained white smile.

Alternatively, one can just use the at-home trays and bleach over a period of 3 to 4 weeks. The result is usually harder to achieve, and the difference in costing is not much less then the in-chair bleaching.

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