More people are choosing to have their teeth whitened than ever before. Celebrities have made a bright white smile trendy, but white teeth have long been considered a sign of beauty, affluence and success. The good news is that you don’t have to have an A-list salary to enjoy a radiant smile and there are whitening options out there to suit everyone.
There are two main options available to those considering whitening treatment and these include in-chair professional whitening and home whitening treatment. In-chair treatments often produce longer-lasting, more impressive results, but they are more expensive. The treatment process generally involves applying bleaching agent to the teeth and activating it using a light source. In-chair treatments can usually lighten the shade of the teeth by several shades and some systems produce results in just an hour.
Home whitening is a convenient, affordable option, which also guarantees great results. This system is an excellent choice for those who struggle to make time for dental appointments, as treatment takes place at home and it can be fitted around your work or social schedule very easily. The process is simple and involves wearing a custom-made whitening tray, which sits over the teeth. Treatment duration is around 14 days with 6 hours of treatment per day. You can wear your trays at any time during the day or night, whichever is most convenient for you.
Is teeth whitening safe?
There has been a lot written in the news of late about the safety of tooth whitening. The advice from dentists is to see a dentist for professional, safe treatment if you want whiter, brighter teeth. It is now illegal for people who do not have formal dental qualifications and the relevant GDC registration to offer whitening treatment. When treatment is provided by an experienced dentist, it is considered very safe and effective. Some people experience very mild sensitivity, but this is usually short-lived.