People often assume that the white “Hollywood” smile involves very prolonged and expensive cosmetic dental treatment.
In reality, it may simply involve two (very short) visits to the dentist.
At visit 1: Impressions are taken of the upper and lower teeth and from these the dental professional will make custom lightweight whitening trays .
Visit 2: When the patient has these trays tried in and is shown how to use the whitening kit.
If all this sounds a bit simple ….. well it is!
The whitening trays hold he gels in contact with the tooth surfaces for a period of between 2 to 5 hours.
This must be repeated daily (or nightly) for up to 2 weeks, however, most people find excellent results after a few days.
During the process the chemicals in the gel remove surface stains from the tooth enamel and seep into the surface layers of the teeth effectively whitening them.
The active ingredient in the gel is either 6% Hydrogen peroxide or 10-16% carbamide peroxide. these compounds are completely safe to use and are ONLY available in this concentration from a registered dental practitioner who can monitor the whitening process.
(It has been established scientifically that the lower concentrations available over the counter in some pharmacies produce no whitening effect.)
How long does it last?
Typically the whitening will last a year to 18 months but this will vary widely from one individual to another.
DIET plays a huge part in success with certain foodstuffs tending to cause more discolouration than others.
Typically heavily coloured foods, coffee, black tea and red wine are the main offenders when it comes to undoing the good work.
Some people may experience a degree of sensitivity from the whitening gels.
This is reduced considerably by the desensitizing compounds ACP and Flouride.
The good news is…………
Your whitening trays can be used multiple times and if after a year or so the whiteness is fading the dentist can simply supply more gels to repeat the process .
(Dental Council regulations require examination by a dentist before each repeat cycle of whitening)
Did you know we are among the few dentists in Connacht to offer Twilight Sedation?