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When Should You Get Professional Teeth Whitening?

Posted by Dental Excellence UK on Feb 4, 2021 9:30:23 AM
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Are you someone who feels self conscious when you smile? The truth is that not many of us are fortunate enough to have been born with perfectly straight and white teeth - but no one should have to feel embarrassed or shy about their smile. That's where professional teeth whitening with Dental Excellence comes in - a treatment performed by experienced experts that will brighten up your teeth and, allowing you to reverse staining and once again smile with full confidence. 

Thanks to advancements in dental technology and research, we are now more able than ever before to treat even the most stained teeth quickly, easily, and safely. Years of staining caused by food and drink, cigarettes, poor dental hygiene and more can be reversed by the team here at Dental Excellence. 

When you choose to have your teeth whitened by us, we'll consult with you to better understand your needs, before designing your own teeth whitening kit so that you can easily perform the treatment at home with your own bespoke whitening tray. The best part? You get the convenience, comfort, and security of enjoying an easy and straightforward treatment in your own home while having the confidence and safety of our expert dental consultants on your side. Dental Excellence teeth whitening really is one of the easiest and quickest ways of giving your smile its confidence back. 

But how do you know when is right to have professional teeth whitening performed? From knowing the potential risks, side effects, your own suitability, and whether you actually need the treatment at all, it's true that you might have a lot of questions about the teeth whitening options available to you, and whether the process is right for you. 

How do I know if I'm suitable for tooth whitening? 

If you are desperate to have your teeth or tooth whitened, but you are worried that you simply won't be a suitable candidate for the whitening process, then we have good news for you: most people are actually very suitable candidates for professional whitening treatments, and suitability often isn't a large concern. 

However, it's worth bearing in mind that there are exceptions. Some people might not be suitable for a professional treatment if they have more severe dental health problems or permanent damage. These might include issues such as tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental hygiene problems that affect the strength and integrity of your teeth. Tooth whitening is a generally very harmless process, but depending on the whitening product and bleaching agency being used, it's important to first have an assessment with a dental professional before beginning any treatment.  

That's why we also make sure that our clients always have a consultation with one of our in-office professionals or dental hygienists before embarking on the teeth whitening process here at Dental Excellence. Suitability can vary from person to person, so in order to assess you for any whitening treatment option and to make sure that any procedure goes as well and safely as possible, we'll need to first assess the state of your teeth and your oral health through an initial consultation - allowing us to ensure a safe and successful whitening process. 

Fortunately, having sensitive teeth won't prevent you from having your teeth whitened, and the type of staining is something that each treatment is designed to solve. Deeper stains from drinks like wine, cigarettes, and more will not prevent you from having a successful treatment for shades brighter whiter teeth. For each client we take on, we will assess your teeth and work with you to find the right shade of white and level of whiteness for your smile. 

I think I'm ready for teeth whitening but I'm worried it will hurt - are there risks involved? 

If there is one universal factor that prevents many people from seeking the dentistry they desire, it's a fear of pain or discomfort. We understand this fear - perhaps you have even had a negative experience at another dentistry practice in the past. But here at Dental Excellence, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with a comfortable, safe and rewarding experience when they visit us for a dental procedure of any kind. 

If you are looking for a tooth whitening solution but you are afraid of any potential pain or risk involved, then we have good news for you: tooth whitening benefits your smile with no pain involved whatsoever. It's a painless experience that solves tooth discoloration without causing any pain. 

However, it can be quite a common experience to feel some sensitivity. This risk of sensitivity can occur either during the treatment itself or after when you have properly whitened teeth. This sensitivity is nothing to be worried about and is a completely normal part of all professional tooth whitening methods. It will usually begin to subside within a couple of days.

If it doesn't, or if you are otherwise concerned about any pain or discomfort you experience during or after your treatment, simply get in touch with the team here at Dental Excellence. We are always on hand to hear your concerns and to provide any guidance and assistance possible - our expert dentists have the experience and insight necessary to deal with any problems.

Most often, it will be a simple case of trying a different toothpaste, such as a sensitive toothpaste, or trying other dental care products in order to reduce the sensitivity you do feel. However, it's worth remembering that many bleaching gels and tooth whitening products are made specifically with anti-sensitivity active ingredients in order to prevent this tooth sensitivity from becoming a problem. 

I want a brighter smile but I'm worried it will stain again - when is the best time for whitening?

The whitening gels in our teeth whitening products are designed to give you maximum whiteness while taking on a natural colour across the tooth surfaces. We'll work with you, using a shade guide in order to assess what kind of high concentration you need for your ideal tooth colour. Teeth whiteners are most often made with a teeth whitening gel that uses hydrogen peroxide - one of the stronger whitening gels available. 

However, one thing to be aware of is that your teeth are actually more susceptible immediately after the whitening process. During this period of time, your teeth can stain more easily - ruining that perfect smile you've been working towards. Why is this? Well, the pores in your teeth are actually more open in this time, allowing for them to be more easily stained. 

This is why the Dental Excellence team recommends that you perform your home tooth whitening just before you go to sleep at night. Because you won't be eating at this time, doing this reduces the chance of your teeth becoming stained - and the need for any additional follow up stain removal treatments. Doing this also allows your teeth the time they need to rehydrate during the night while you are asleep. 

It may seem like a lot to think about, but rest assured that our expert cosmetic dentists will always discuss how best to approach your home tooth whitening, how to use your whitening trays, and more before you begin the treatment. We'll help put together a plan of action, advise on some do's and don'ts, and help to maintain a healthy schedule so that you have the best, most effective, and safest journey towards a brighter smile possible. 

Is the treatment going to affect my gums or enamel? 

In short, no - tooth whitening will not damage the natural enamel of your teeth. It is an incredibly hard and resilient part of your body, and whitening your teeth will not affect the top layer of your enamel. This is a common belief and we are happy to do a bit of myth busting where whitening and enamel are concerned.

The enamel is not actually the part of your teeth that become stained. Rather, it is the tissue beneath the enamel that absorbs stains. As mentioned above, tooth whitening opens the pores of your teeth, allowing the bleaching agent to access the stains beneath and to begin removing these stains. Tooth whitening with Dental Excellence means that, rather than removing a layer of enamel, the whitening gel moves through this layer to access the stains below. 

In terms of your gums, tooth whitening will not cause any permanent damage at all. Gum irritation can be a side effect and there is a slim chance that your gums may be sensitive to the chemicals used in the product - but alternatives are always available. This is a slim risk factor and there is no need for concern about long lasting effects. 

Get in touch with the Dental Excellence team today

Want to begin your journey towards a white and more confident smile? Contact us here at Dental Excellence today to discover how we can help with our professional tooth whitening treatments. It is an important part of many of our smile makeover treatments and is something that our cosmetic dentists have a vast amount of experience in, so don't hesitate - call us today! 

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