Want to get whiter teeth and boost your confidence?
There are many ways to whiten your teeth but before deciding which option to go for, it’s best to consult a professional. There’s no one size fits all approach here.
It’s important to note that not all discoloured teeth will respond to the typically peroxide-based bleaching treatments used. In general, teeth whitening is easiest with healthy gums and teeth. Bleaching will not work on fillings, dental crowns, or other restorations, for example.
Read on for five of the best teeth whitening procedures and book an appointment at your local dental clinic to find the method that’s right for you.
1. See a hygienist
It may be the case that a simple trip to the hygienist is all you need. Sometimes lifting the surface stains and plaque in these appointments will lead to a brighter smile.
Even if you feel you need further whitening, a trip to the hygienist is a great first step – the initial removals in this appointment will ensure a more even whitening result in following procedures.
2. External bleaching (tray kits)
One of the most common ways to whiten teeth is the tray-based method – and it yields consistently satisfying results.
A container similar to a mouth guard is filled with a gel whitening solution that contains a bleaching agent. The user then wears it each day or night for a period of time.
You can purchase tray kits can be online or over the counter. However, for the safest, best results, a custom kit from your dentist is recommended. Sets from the dentist contain a stronger peroxide-bleaching agent, meaning faster and more effective results, while also minimising the possibility of the bleaching agent coming into contact with the gums.
At Green Dental, we have a range of top-quality teeth whitening kits that you can do at home.
3. In-office whitening
In-office whitening is another popular option and is by far the fastest way to whiten your teeth. It involves applying the whitening product directly to the teeth, then exposing them to either a laser, a special light, or a heat source.
This technique produces dramatic results in just one treatment and can lift the teeth three to eight shades lighter. Ongoing treatments are recommended to maintain satisfying results.
4. Internal bleaching
Applying bleach inside the tooth is also possible. This is a method often used to whiten singular teeth that have become discoloured, for example as a result of a root canal.
The procedure works by inserting the bleaching agent into a small hole in the tooth. The hole is then closed with a temporary filling until the bleach has lightened the tooth. This process can be repeated until the desired shade is reached.
Another teeth whitening option you may want to consider is getting veneers. They are typically made from porcelain and are placed on top of your teeth, giving them a new ‘front’.
Veneers not only give the appearance of a beautifully white, bright smile, but they can also change the shape and position of your teeth too.
Veneers are, however, a lifetime commitment. Future dentistry is usually required for upkeep as they can fade and chip over time.
Teeth whitening services from Green Dental in Dublin
If you’re looking for effective teeth whitening services from a dentist you can trust, take a look at our price list and get in touch with the team at Green Dental. We can help find the best procedure for you – simply book your appointment online or send us an email to discuss your needs.