Have you been toying with the idea of getting your teeth whitened in 2019? If so, you won’t be alone. Teeth whitening is the most popular dental treatment throughout the world.
At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we do teeth whitening for many of our patients, so we can confirm that it’s very popular in Glasgow too.
What makes teeth whitening so popular?
We think it is because you can dramatically change the look of your smile without having to undergo any treatments that will alter the structure of your teeth.
Whitening is not permanent, but you can make it last longer by watching what and how you eat. Plus, when it does finally wear off, you can easily get a top-up treatment. Teeth whitening is safe to repeat as many times as you like. It can make your teeth feel sensitive for a while though, so you may need help with that.
What does whitening do?
Whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide (water with an extra oxygen atom) that gently lifts out traces of foods and drinks that have got lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel. These surface stains are easily removed and whitening works on 92% of cases here.
Whitening will not work on stains that are intrinsic to your teeth, but you can cover them over with veneers or composite bonding instead.
There are 2 ways you can get your whitening done.
In the clinic
Book yourself in for a power whitening session and you will see dramatic results in around an hour. We use a plastic barrier over your lips and gums and then paint your teeth with a fairly strong concentration of whitening gel. We stop the treatment once your teeth have reached the shade of white you wanted.
In your home
Or why not get some gel trays made to exactly fit your teeth and carry out your whitening treatment at home. It takes longer, a couple of weeks, because the solution is milder, but once you have the trays you can buy more gel to top-up your treatment as and when you like.