Everything You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

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Pearly whites don’t get their name for any old reason! However, keeping them white is the tough part.

Once the damage is done, is there still a way to light up the room with your smile? The answer is yes- with cosmetic teeth whitening! It’s the confidence booster that’ll take your teeth to a whole new level of brightness!

It has become increasingly popular in the last few years, however there’s still some speculation as to whether it’s safe, worth the money and if it does more damage than good.

At Grange Family Dental, we offer teeth whitening with a bleaching gel that removes stains embedded inside the teeth. We often receive a lot of questions and concerns regarding the treatment, so we’ve decided to answer them all in the one place! Take a look at the list of commonly asked questions and find out everything you need to know about teeth whitening!

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What is the teeth whitening process?

For effective cosmetic teeth whitening, the process involves an appointment with us, followed by treatments in the comfort of your own home.

During your consultation, we’ll mould a custom-made mouthguard that will be used as a “bleaching tray”. You will be supplied with a whitening gel, which you apply to the mouthguard. Then, simply wear it on your teeth for around 30-45 minutes each night. We’ll show you how to apply the gel properly!

Once you’ve removed the mouthguard, wipe off any residue from your teeth or gums and rinse your mouth well.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Professional teeth whitening at Grange Family Dental is safe.

Dental professionals have spent a great deal of time researching and manufacturing products that offer safe and effective results. While you could experience minor side effects like tooth sensitivity, as a whole the treatment poses no threat to your teeth.

Does teeth whitening damage enamel?

NO. Enamel is considered the hardest tissue in the human body. It is the outermost layer of the tooth, however when we whiten our teeth, it’s the tissue beneath the enamel called dentin, that’s being bleached.

Yellowing teeth is often a sign of depleting enamel. As the enamel wears thinner, the yellow-coloured dentin beneath starts to become more visible. Whitening will not cause further damage.

Can regular brushing of teeth whiten them?

Brushing, flossing and adequate dentil hygiene will protect the enamel on your teeth, and reduce the chance of discolouration. Although it will not reverse the thinning of enamel, it can prevent it from happening in the future.

Do you still have to brush our teeth after whitening?

Of course! Daily brushing and flossing will help to maintain your flawless results! If you’re concerned about sensitivity, or you’ve suffered from it in the past, try using a toothpaste specially formulated to combat tooth sensitivity.

How long does teeth whitening last?

It varies from patient to patient, and is very dependant on your level of dental hygiene. If you avoid culprit foods and drinks and brush twice a day, your results will last a lot longer than others.

The beauty of our teeth whitening system is that it’s easy and affordable to perform a touch up when you start to see discolouration.

How often should you whiten your teeth?

You should start to see results after the first 3-4 applications! Once you’ve reached your desired level of whiteness, you only need to touch up and repeat the process when necessary.

There you have it- everything you need to know about teeth whitening! Help your smile reach its full potential, and book an appointment with us to determine which teeth whitening option will work best for you!

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