Discolouration is a common concern — in fact, most people notice a change in the shade of their teeth as they age
Often caused by eating and drinking highly pigmented foods and beverages, as well as smoking, discolouration and stains, can lower self-confidence and affect the aesthetics of your smile. But, thanks to professional teeth whitening systems, the condition is easy to resolve. We look at what the process involves, and just how long it really takes…
What does the process involve?
The first part of the process is to have impressions of your teeth taken. These impressions are used to create customised teeth whitening trays designed to fit your mouth perfectly. While store-bought whitening products use a generic whitening tray, opting for a professional technique means that the treatment will be completely tailored to your teeth. Generic products do not always fit properly, which can cause the tooth-whitening gel to leak out, leading to gum irritation and inefficient treatment.
When your whitening trays are ready, we’ll show you how to use the kit, which comprises of your customised trays, tooth whitening gel, and specially formulated tooth mousse to reduce sensitivity. We’ll show you how much whitening gel to use and let you know when you should wear your customised trays.
How long does the process take?
Once your whitening trays are ready to be used, you’ll wear them overnight or for a set period of time during the day. The duration of the treatment varies from case to case and will depend on your individual expectations, as well as the severity of your discolouration. Most people achieve great results in about two weeks.
How does it feel?
In some cases, patients feel some sensitivity during the treatment, but this should resolve itself within one to three days of completing the process. The specially formulated tooth mousse provided in your kit will also help manage any sensitivity you might experience.
Can I prevent my teeth from discolouring again?
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to prevent your teeth from discolouring again over time. Six monthly at-home ‘top-up’ treatments can help to keep your teeth looking healthy and white. It is, however, possible to slow down the discolouration process through certain lifestyle habits. These include avoiding highly pigmented foods as much as possible. Foods and drinks that can lead to discolouration include:
- Citrus and acidic foods, like tomatoes and citrus fruit
- Red wine
- Dark fruits and berries, like blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates
- Soy sauce
While you don’t need to avoid these foods and drinks completely, don’t allow them to sit on your teeth for a long period of time. Rinse your mouth out with water after eating, and brush your teeth around half an hour later to reduce the risk of staining.
You can also slow down yellowing by sticking to a healthy regime — brush and floss daily and be sure to go for regular dental check-ups and professional cleans.
Are you interested in brightening your smile? Chat with our dentists to find out if a professional whitening treatment is the best option for you. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.