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The truth about tooth whitening

Tooth discolouration, or dull teeth, is caused by several factors, namely ageing, poor dental hygiene, staining and as a side effect of specific medications. Whatever its cause may be, discoloured teeth can negatively impact the way you see yourself and how others view you, which can lower your confidence and self-esteem to crippling levels.

If you have grown tired of not smiling for the camera because you are paranoid of others passing judgement onto you, or hate the way your teeth look, then perhaps it is time you considered tooth whitening in Burnham.

With 39 years of collective experience under our belts, we can promise you a dazzling, white smile under our care at The Dental Surgery Burnham!

Is tooth whitening in Burnham for me?

Tooth whitening in Burnham might seem like a miracle cure for unsightly teeth, made even more appealing by the seemingly endless methods to bleach teeth that include professional inhouse treatments and DIY kits.

That said, lightening the colour of one’s pearly whites by a few shades is not recommended to everyone. People with tender gums or a receding gum line might be particularly sensitive to the treatment and struggle more with the possible side effects of the treatments.

Something else to take into consideration is that teeth whitening is more effective in removing yellow stains, over brown or grey ones. At the same time, tooth-coloured crowns or fillings will not take to the bleach as well as your natural teeth, so you might want to consider alternative options in these instances.

Whitening is strictly a cosmetic procedure and should not be applied to milk teeth.

How does teeth whitening work?

Professional bleach is the most common form of teeth whitening. Typically, a custom-fitted tray filled with a whitening product covers your teeth. This product contains an active ingredient, typically Hydrogen Peroxide, which lifts the stains off your teeth in a chemical reaction called oxidation.

Are there times when the procedure does not work?

Bleach will not work on prostheses, such as crowns, dentures, fillings and veneers.

How effective and long-lasting are the results?

Teeth whitening can be highly effective and can help you obtain the smile you have always dreamed of having. You can choose the shade of white that you want your teeth to be, without the effect appearing fake or unnatural.

That said, the results of teeth whitening are not permanent, lasting between six months and three years. In order to maintain the look, you will need a touch-up in the future. To prolong the benefits of teeth whitening, curb your consumption of wine, coffee and other beverages with tannins, cigarettes and foods known to stain teeth.

Can I combine other products with professional teeth whitening?

Specialised teeth whitening toothpaste is FDA-cleared and safe to use, but it is important to note that the paste works to remove stains, not change the colour of your teeth. Teeth whitening products of these kinds should be used in conjunction with professional bleach for optimal results that will meet your expectations.

Are you tired of hiding your lovely smile because you are self-conscious about your teeth? With our experience and skill, you can enjoy brilliant pearly whites and the confidence that comes along with them!

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