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10 April 2019

Teeth Whitening: A Beginner’s Guide To Achieving a Brighter Smile

Teeth whitening is one of the UK’s most requested cosmetic procedures, with the majority of people longing for that Hollywood smile. But what does teeth whitening involve, and why do you need it? If you’re looking to improve the look of your teeth, but need a little more insight, here is a basic guide of all you need to know.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a procedure which aims to lighten discoloration and stains from your teeth. There are a number of different ways to do this from toothpastes, at-home kits, LED lights and professional bleaching. To figure out which technique you need it’s always best to consult your dentist. Attempting to whiten your teeth with unfamiliar products does come with its own risk. These may contain ingredients which cause more harm than good, and for sensitive teeth this could result in painful teeth and gums. By going to a professional, they can also assess for underlying issues that need to be treated before your teeth are whitened. Although teeth whitening is something that needs to be maintained, you will achieve much better and longer-lasting results if you go to an expert.

Why do I need to whiten my teeth?

The food and drink we consume has an affect on the way our teeth look. The most common reasons for stained teeth are drinking tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, red wine or smoking. If this applies to you, then you may have already noticed the results on your teeth. By opting to whiten your teeth, this can help to remove these stains and restore their natural shine. The process can also help to improve your oral hygiene. Having whiter teeth will encourage you to keep up with regular brushing and flossing, to maintain your pearly whites. Since your smile is one of the first things people see, making sure it’s looking good can increase your confidence. This is especially true if you work in a customer or client facing role. You may also consider whitening your teeth in prep for a special occasion. Weddings or birthdays are times when all eyes are on you, so why not ensure that you look your best by visiting your dentist and bringing back your smile.

How can i maintain my results after whitening?

Depending on the type of treatment you receive, results can last from a couple of months to a year. If necessary, your dentist will advise you on what you can do at home. It’s important to follow this advice carefully, as the use of additional products after treatment could over bleach your teeth and cause permanent damage. However, there are some things you can incorporate into your routine safely. Perhaps try to cut down on the amount of dark coloured drinks you have, use a straw to keep dyes away from your teeth and quit smoking.

If this has got you interested in whitening your teeth, get in touch with Acorn Dental Practice, the high quality dentist treating York and the surrounding area. We take care of the whole process from the initial examination, discussing your options, the procedure and aftercare. For all enquiries get in touch today and find out how we can help.

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