Teeth whitening Kent

Teeth whitening Kent - Southview Dental Care

What Causes Tooth Discolouration?

Over time, teeth can lose their sparkle — but it doesn’t make your teeth unhealthy. Coffee, red wine, smoking and age all take their toll on our teeth, making them dull, and causing yellow or brown stains to appear. A dull smile can make us look and feel less attractive, as well as age us prematurely. Extrinsic stains build up on the outside of your teeth, and this discolouration can often be corrected under the care of your dentist.

Teeth whitening can eliminate many of these problems, and is now easily affordable, costing about the same as an average annual gym membership.

How Our Teeth Whitening Dentists Can Give You a Brighter Smile

Professional teeth whitening treatment is simple, gentle and effective. Under the care and direction of our dentists, teeth whitening can leave you with a sparkling smile which will boost your confidence — and quite possibly win some new admirers!

The first step of teeth whitening is to speak to us, so we can examine your teeth and make sure they are suitable for whitening. While teeth whitening is appropriate for most patients, it is not for everyone. Professional teeth whitening does not correct all types of tooth discolouration (such as any colour changes from an injury), and it does not work on dental veneers, crowns or fillings.

During your teeth whitening consultation, we keep your goals in mind. If you are not a suitable candidate for teeth whitening, we can work with you to come up with another solution to obtain the bright smile you are after. For example, we can discuss using cosmetic veneers to give you a whiter smile.

How Does Teeth Whitening in Kent Work?

Teeth whitening products contain one of two types of bleaches, either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These teeth bleaching products work by breaking stains into smaller pieces, making yellow colour less concentrated, and giving visibly whiter teeth.

Our at-home professional teeth whitening kits are superior to those found in a pharmacy or grocery store, because store-bought products use a lower concentration of bleaching agents than what we offer at the dental practice. 

A Simple and Effective At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit

At Southview Dental Care, we supply our patients with at-home teeth whitening treatment, complete with a set of custom-made gel trays. These trays are a little like thin mouthguards, and as they are shaped for you specifically, they ensure that the whitening gel reaches all parts of your teeth. When your trays are ready, we will show you how to use them properly to set you up for success.

Using our at-home teeth whitening kits, you will need to regularly apply the gel at home for 7 to 10 days, and wear the trays overnight. You may find that your teeth are more sensitive than usual during the treatment and for a few days afterwards, but these symptoms will soon disappear.

Overusing whitening products can damage your tooth enamel or gums, so please be sure to follow our instructions to keep your teeth healthy throughout the teeth whitening process.

Maintaining and Caring for Your Whiter Teeth

Many patients ask us how long their teeth will retain their new whiteness. It is difficult to say with certainty because there are so many different factors involved. In general, if you look after your teeth properly, the whitening should last for years.

Your ongoing dental hygiene must include brushing your teeth twice a day (especially before going to bed), following our advice about cleaning between your teeth and under the gumline and visiting our practice regularly for hygiene appointments.

If you smoke or drink lots of coffee, tea or red wine, your teeth will lose their newfound brightness faster, but the whitening effects are still likely to last much longer than many other beauty treatments!

The Road to Whiter Teeth Starts with a Consultation

A bright and dazzling smile can be yours, and we’re happy to help you achieve it. If you would like to learn more about teeth whitening and whether you are a suitable candidate, please arrange a consultation with us.

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