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Teeth Whitening: An Easy and Affordable Way to Improve Your Smile

Would you like to improve the appearance of your teeth, but don’t want to spend a lot of money or time doing so? One of the easiest things to do is teeth whitening, a straightforward and extremely effective treatment that is available at Downham Market Dental Care.

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

dentist in Downham MarketWe have two different methods of teeth whitening available for our patients which are in-chair whitening and whitening kits to use at home. When you visit your dentist in Downham Market, they’ll discuss each option with you so you can pick the best choice for your needs. Both work in a similar way as they use bleaching gel to lift stains from the surface of your teeth. During an in-chair whitening treatment, your gums and lips are protected before the whitening gel is painted onto your tooth surfaces. The gel is activated with a special light which helps it to penetrate the teeth more easily, and creating better and faster results that will typically lift the colour of your teeth by several shades in just one hour.

Custom-made home whitening kits work in a very similar way and use whitening trays that are specially made to fit over your teeth and no one else’s. All you have to do is fill the trays with bleaching gel and use them for several hours each day at a time convenient to you, or wear them overnight, usually for a couple of weeks. We can show you exactly how much gel to use and will prescribe the correct strength of whitening gel to ensure you can whiten safely and comfortably and which will take into account any issues you may have with tooth sensitivity.

Is Tooth Whitening Safe?

Teeth whitening is very safe provided it’s carried out by a dental professional. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry treatment and it’s important to have a checkup beforehand to make sure this procedure is right for you. Your dentist in Downham Market will thoroughly check your teeth and gums to make sure you do not have any cavities or signs of active gum disease which could increase tooth sensitivity or cause discomfort. Every tooth whitening treatment is fully customised for our patients, which means we’ll use the right strength of the bleaching gel so you’ll get good results, comfortably and above all safely.

Will Tooth Whitening Work on All My Teeth?

This is one thing that will be determined when you have your checkup beforehand and your dentist in Downham Market will discuss the type of results that can reasonably be achieved. Everyone’s teeth are a slightly different colour and some shades of teeth whitening more easily than others, and it all depends on the reason your teeth have become stained. If the stains are external and they are much more easily bleached away, but if they are internal then you might need to look at another type of treatment, for example porcelain veneers to completely cover up the affected teeth. Teeth whitening will not change the colour of any existing porcelain crowns, bridges or veneers.

If you are interested in having cosmetic dentistry in Downham Market, please give us a call to book your consultation on 01366 382265.

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