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Teeth Whitening Keswick
Where Can I Find Teeth Whitening in Keswick?
Keswick Dental Centre offers teeth whitening. If your smile is not as dazzling as you would like, there are options available to make them whiter.
What Are My Options?
At-home whitening strips or gels are available to buy at almost any store. Care should be taken if you choose to try teeth whitening at home. The biggest downfalls of at-home kits are that they do not provide the amount of bright white that most patients are looking for, and the treatments last for days to weeks on end. The reason for this is the concentration of the peroxide-based whitening agents in the over-the-counter kits.
Some whitening toothpaste contains peroxide, but they aren’t left on the teeth long enough to affect any whitening changes. Toothpaste that does not have peroxide will contain chemicals or polishing agents to scrub stains from the teeth, but without the bleaching effect, these will only obtain approximately one shade lighter. So, patients still do not receive the results they would like.
The last in-home option would be tray-based whitening. A gel or paste that contains peroxide is placed in the tray, and the tray is worn for a specified amount of time per day for up to four weeks. Careful attention must be paid to the directions for any bleach-based system to avoid damaging the enamel on your teeth. These tray-based systems can be purchased either over the counter or in the dentist office.
When used improperly, home kits have caused temporarily bleached, or even burned, gums.
In-office teeth whitening at Keswick Dental will produce better results in a shorter amount of time. It doesn’t take as long, because the whitening agents in the dental office will contain more peroxide than an over-the-counter kit. This strength is only available to dentists because the process must be supervised by a trained professional to protect the enamel on the teeth. The stronger formula can dehydrate the teeth or even cause sensitivity if left on for too long.
In-office procedures can also incorporate light, heat, or a combination of both to speed up the whitening process.
Professional whitening can produce dramatic results of three to eight shades whiter and only take 30 to 60 minutes, although they could require several visits to achieve that kind of result.
After the treatments, maintaining the whitening results requires a good daily oral routine with brushing, flossing, and rinsing. The patient should also avoid foods known to stain teeth more easily, such as:
- Dark berries
- Dark sauces
- Red wine
- Sports drinks
- Carbonated beverages
Any type of bleaching can cause tooth sensitivity, so if you have sensitive teeth to begin with, it can be especially uncomfortable. Be aware that crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings will not whiten, and the bleaching agent works best on yellowed teeth. If teeth are brown or gray, bleaching will probably not work at all. If the tooth staining is because of illness or possibly medications, whitening results may not be optimal.
Before trying any type of whitening system, you should talk to your dentist about the best option for you.
If you need teeth whitening in Keswick, call Keswick Dental Centre today to set up an appointment to speak with one of our dentists.Teeth Whitening Keswick
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