Teeth Whitening

A brighter, whiter smile at Wickham Dental Practice, near Fareham

Having a tooth whitening procedure is one of the fastest ways to make your smile look brand new once more. It is a straightforward procedure which takes about one hour, after which you will see a very noticeable difference in the appearance of your teeth. Although there are home tooth whitening kits which can be bought over the counter, these are not as effective as a professional tooth whitening procedure, and indeed, if not applied correctly, can even cause damage to the soft tissues such as the gums and lips.

By having your teeth professionally whitened by a cosmetic dentist, you will obtain the best results and in a safe environment. When having the procedure with a cosmetic dentist, the lips and gums will be fully protected before the tooth whitening gel is applied to the teeth. This gel is then sometimes activated with a laser light although this depends on the type of gel used. Depending on the extent of discolouration to the teeth, this procedure can be carried out more than once in order to attain the best results.

Once completed, you should see an improvement to the whiteness of your teeth by up to a factor of seven, giving you a whiteness you perhaps thought was not possible. There are no side effects to this procedure although there may be a slight increase in sensitivity for a little while afterwards but this usually goes quite quickly, usually within 48 hours. The whitening effect can be expected to last for up to three years although this will vary widely from case to case. A heavy smoker, for example, should not expect for them to remain white for anywhere near that length of time.

Whilst many people do have this procedure on a one off basis such as to look great on their wedding day, others choose to continue this treatment to keep their teeth looking great throughout their life and do so with no risk to their teeth as a tooth whitening procedure can be performed time after time quite safely.

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