One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available today is tooth whitening. Recent studies suggest that 95% of the population want whiter teeth and the fact that you are reading this means you are on the journey to a brighter smile.
Here at City Dental Leeds we have researched all the different whitening systems available on the market today to ensure that we offer our patients the best teeth-whitening product in terms of results and safety.
Under the supervision of your dentist, whitening your teeth is completely safe. The special whitening gel uses carbamide peroxide as the primary ingredient to brighten your smile and is readily used by millions of people worldwide.
You can expect results almost instantly – in many cases after just one night. However, to obtain the optimum natural whiteness of your teeth, we recommend that you use the home kits every day for 2 weeks.
First of all, we take an impression of your teeth so that custom-made trays can be built for your individual bleaching procedure. A special whitening gel is then placed within these comfortable trays and fitted snugly over your teeth. As the carbamide peroxide in the gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine of your teeth to give a bright, whitening effect by bleaching out discolouration. The structure of your teeth is not changed, they are simply made whiter.
Side effects are unlikely, although a small number of people could experience increased sensitivity to heat or cold during whitening. But this is only temporary, and can usually be treated with ibuprofen or another pain relief product. Usually, this sensitivity disappears within 48 hours of the whitening process. It is best to avoid very hot or cold drinks within 48 hours of your whitening treatment.
The results may be permanent although the duration of your whitening procedure does depend largely upon you. Take care to practice good oral hygiene and brush normally, especially after consuming staining foods or beverages. Your results could last for years. However, if you use coffee, tobacco and red wine on a regular basis, you may need periodic top up treatments.