A hard-to-remove stain can ruin an otherwise great outfit just in the same way stains on the teeth can ruin an otherwise great smile. Even the most diligent brushing can’t prevent teeth discolouring over the years, but patients don’t have to grin and bear it, or more likely not grin and bear it. Teeth whitening in Northern Ireland offers a solution.
As in the rest of the UK, teeth whitening in Northern Ireland must be carried out by a dental professional. This is because the whitening agent can be harmful if used incorrectly. Blue Sky Dentistry is one of many dental practices patients can go to for professional teeth whitening.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening uses a whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide. This is the chemical that does the hard work of lifting the stains off a patient’s teeth.
What kind of stains can teeth whitening remove?
Teeth whitening works well on surface stains, as opposed to intrinsic stains. Surface stains can be caused by eating and drinking highly pigmented foods and beverages, as well as smoking. Intrinsic stains meanwhile can be down to genetics.
Can teeth whitening be done at home?
Yes it can, but only with the support and help of a dental professional. Patients will be provided with custom-made teeth trays, which fit snugly over their teeth. A less concentrated form of whitening gel than the one used in dental practices will be provided. This is placed into the trays and the trays are worn for several hours a day, every day, for around 2 weeks. The teeth will gradually whiten over this time.
Patients wanting faster results are advised to have their teeth whitening in Northern Ireland carried out at the dental practice where a concentrated gel will be painted onto their teeth, after their lips and gums have been protected. This gel will be activated by a special light and will provide results in around an hour.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No. It can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on a patient’s lifestyle. Cutting back on highly pigmented foods and drinks and smoking, will help prolong the effects of teeth whitening.