Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Last Forever?
Nearly half of the UK population is said to be unhappy with their smile. It is no wonder then that more people each year look at taking up some sort of cosmetic dentistry treatment to make a positive change to their their teeth and oral health.
Dentists now offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic dentistry treatment options that can provide an ideal solution to give people a more confident smile. One of the most popular treatments taken today is tooth whitening. The results can be amazing, but how long does the treatment last? Let’s take a look at what to expect.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve a perfect smile through a wide variety of different treatments. For example, if you have heavily stained or discoloured teeth, you may want to try getting them professionally whitened by your dentist. If you have broken or missing teeth, your dentist will be able to thoroughly check and assess your teeth to see if you would be suitable for having a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, or having a crown fitted to replace a broken tooth. If you have crooked or overlapping teeth, you could look at having them straightened by using traditional or invisible braces.
The main aim of having your teeth whitened is to enhance your smile and improve the look of your teeth. Cosmetic dental treatments such as teeth whitening go much further than you usual check up and maybe a scale and polish. However, for you to be suitable for any sort of cosmetic treatments, not just teeth whitening, your teeth need to be strong, stable and healthy. You will not be able to receive most cosmetic treatments if you teeth are in need of some remedial work first. Once your dentist has a stable base to work from, you will be able to benefit from treatments such as whitening, bonding, veneers, and gum lifts.
Cosmetic teeth whitening treatments
Or teeth can become heavily stained and discoloured through drinking tea, coffee and smoking. Our teeth can also start to gradually discolour with age, but you can reverse these processes by having professional teeth whitening treatments with your dentist.
Your dentist will use carefully formulated bleaching agents to remove stains and make your teeth bright once again. Some dentist will also use laser whitening treatments, or a combination of both. Your treatment will be carefully supervised by your dentist and the results can be quite long-lasting, but not permanent.
You can help to keep your treated teeth white by regular brushing with a whitening toothpaste, giving up smoking, and reducing your tea and coffee consumption, but you may find that you will need to have further treatments in future years if you want to maintain your bright smile.
Having your teeth whitened isn’t a painful process. You can have in-office treatments where your dentist will carefully frame your teeth and protect your gums and lips from the whitening solution. Once the whitening solution is applied to the surface of your teeth, your dentist will use a special light to activate the solution.
An average in-office treatment is usually complete in just one hour and you can leave the dental surgery with a much brighter smile.
You may wish to choose an at-home whitening treatment. This is a very popular choice for many patients as they can use the treatment in comfort from home at a time that suits them. You will get a custom-designed dray that perfectly fits your teeth and solid instructions about how to use the whitening gel to brighten your teeth. Home treatment can take a few weeks to complete, and you can help to keep the results for longer with good brushing and reducing food and drinks that can lead to stains. You may need to repeat the process again in the future.