What you need to know about teeth whitening procedures in the Putney area

We all want that show-stopping, vibrant white smile and now achieving it is easier than ever. Professional teeth whitening is the single most cost-effective, fast, and easy way to make a big statement with your smile. Patients who come in for a teeth whitening procedure are amazed at their results after just one quick appointment.

To understand more about teeth whitening, let’s first look at what causes teeth to become stained.
  1. Dark colour foods and beverages. Coffee, tea, red wine, sodas, pasta sauce, and acidic fruits are some of the biggest culprits. If you can’t get by without your morning cup of coffee or tea, consider drinking it through a straw to limit exposure to your teeth.

  2. Tobacco. The nicotine in cigarettes can cause teeth to turn yellow and dingy. In addition, smoking is bad for your health and can increase your risk for gum disease and oral cancer. If you need help quitting, we can refer you to resources.

  3. Medications. Certain antibiotics and other medications can stain teeth.

  4. Poor oral hygiene. If you are not brushing and flossing properly, it can leave your teeth looking discoloured.

  5. Age. As we age, our enamel naturally becomes worn down, leaving teeth to look dark, discoloured, and even yellow.
Once you opt for teeth whitening services, a few simple lifestyle changes can help ensure that your brand new smile stays as white and vibrant as possible.

Professional teeth whitening vs. Over-the-counter products

As consumers, we are well aware of the availability of over-the-counter products that promise to deliver a whiter smile. They are available at drug stores on every corner and their price tag can be very alluring. The problem is that the bleaching agent used in over-the-counter methods is considerably weaker than professional whitening solutions. In addition, over-the-counter whitening products are one-size fits all. This can lead to uneven results and even increased sensitivity in teeth and gums from uncontrolled exposure to the whitening agent.

With professional teeth whitening procedures, you are not only getting a product that can deliver teeth up to eight shades whiter in a single visit, you are under the supervision of your dental team. This means that the whitening agent will be applied correctly and evenly, and your gums and lips will be properly protected. In addition, in-office teeth whitening is completed in less than an hour, whereas at home methods can take weeks to produce minimal results.

To learn more about our teeth whitening services, come visit Gentle Dental Putney.
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