Stains on the teeth can happen due to many factors, including lifestyle, aging or trauma.
Most common factors are:
- Red wine
- Lack of proper oral hygiene practices at home
Whitening is a great alternative to the more invasive cosmetic treatments to achieve a whiter and brighter smile. A consultation with your dental professional would be needed to rule out any current dental diseases or gum issues before treatment is begin.
The whitening process occurs over two appointments:
- Impressions of your teeth are taken to prepare a custom whitening tray that you will use to place the whitening gel inside. These trays are made especially for your mouth and have a sponge layer inside to spread the whitening gel evenly and prevents spillage onto your gums.
- Your custom trays are fitted and the whitening kit are delivered to you. Your dental professional will prepare a detailed explanation on how you will apply the whitening system and how long you will need to do this.
It is important to be aware that each individual is different and everyone's teeth will whiten according to how much their natural teeth will allow. Surface staining caused by foods, drink and smoking are easily whitened. However, the deeper the staining is within your tooth structure, the success rate may be reduced.
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem associated with whitening, especially if there is already pre-existing sensitivity with your natural teeth. In this case, whitening should be spread out over a longer length of time, coupled with a de-sensitising agent such as sensitive toothpaste or Tooth Mousse.