Here we go again. The sun is disappearing from Scotland for the next few months. It’s dark, dark, dark again and we all need each other’s smiles to keep cheerful. How is yours doing? Is it up for breaking out spontaneously on the streets of Glasgow as we trek through the dark to and from work? Or are you keeping it under wraps and going for the grimace rather than the grin?
If you are a closed lip smiler because you are ashamed of your teeth, then why not think about getting the word’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment and giving us all a boost with your whiter smile?
Why so popular?
Here at The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence, we think teeth whitening is so popular because it’s an easy way to transform any smile without having to have treatments that alter the size, shape or position of your teeth. It’s so easy, you can even do it yourself at home. Or, if you’d rather, we can do it for you at our dental practice. With either method, it’s a good idea to get any plaque removed first as this creates a barrier between the whitening gel and your teeth.
Take home whitening kits
It’s safer to use a kit from a dental practice than one bought off-the-shelf because the gel trays we give you are made to fit your teeth exactly. This means that you get maximum contact between the gel and your teeth without it spilling out and onto the soft parts of your mouth. The home-use gel uses 10% hydrogen peroxide, which is milder than the one we use in the clinic. You can buy courses that take 10-14 days, or 5-7 if you have already had power whitening at the clinic. You wear your gel-filled trays for 60-90 minutes every day.
We can use a stronger gel in-clinic, painting it onto your teeth, having already protected your lips and gums with plastic barriers. It takes about an hour to go several shades lighter.
Whitening is successful in about 92% of treatments. If your discolouration is not suitable for whitening, you may want to think about having veneers instead.