News 26/03/2015

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is increasingly becoming one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in Benfleet, Hadleigh Essex.

Benfleet Dental Centre is seeing more and more people paying for brighter, whiter teeth and smiles. While this treatment was once thought to be expensive and only suitable for the rich and the famous, many people are now investing in their smiles to feel more confident.

Whitening is a very accessible treatment that can dramatically improve your appearance and help you to feel more confident. It can remove decades of staining from items like tea, coffee, red wine and certain spices.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening carried out by experienced dentists in Benfleet involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.

It is a form of cosmetic dentistry that should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental care professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.

Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there's no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.

How does teeth whitening work?

The most common form of teeth whitening or teeth bleaching uses special trays that are made to fit your teeth. These trays are filled with a whitening gel and then left on, usually for a few hours in the day or overnight.

The gel contains whitening agents that penetrate deep into the tooth and break up the bonds between the staining particles. Once these bonds are broken, the staining particles can be flushed out of the tooth.

Some teeth whitening systems also include an in-office treatment that uses a special light to accelerate the whitening process and achieve results much more quickly. In general, teeth whitening will take a minimum of 2 weeks before you see results.

What are the benefits of teeth whitening?

Some of the benefits of teeth whitening are:

  • It improves your appearance: this is a very good way of improving your appearance and one of the main reasons people choose to whiten their teeth at Benfleet Dental Centre.

  • It boosts self-confidence: Teeth whitening can improve a person’s self-confidence as looking good mostly has some influence on how one feels.

  • It’s very affordable: Teeth whitening at Benfleet Dental Centre is very affordable and carried out by professionally trained dental care professionals and due to its affordability it is a popular treatment for improving our patient’s teeth. We usually have special offers on teeth whitening see our special offers page.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

When done correctly under dental supervision, there should be no pain associated with teeth whitening. There is a slight risk of increased sensitivity if you are not used to teeth whitening. This should pass soon after the treatment as the pores in your teeth close up again.

Another risk factor for teeth whitening is that it is possible to over-whiten the teeth. This can result in damage to the enamel and discolouration that will not be able to be removed with whitening. It can also cause permanent sensitivity.

The final risk factor for teeth whitening is if the whitening gel gets on your gums. This can lead to burns. This is why it is important to use custom trays designed just for you by your dentist. You should also follow all instructions when whitening your teeth so you don’t get the whitening gel on your gums.

How can Benfleet Dental Centre help?

If you’re curious about teeth whitening and want to know how this treatment could work for you, book a consultation today. We can explore the treatment options and determine if you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening.

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Benfleet Dental Centre

8 Benfleet Road, Benfleet. SS7 1QB

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Monday08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday08:00 - 18:30
Wednesday08:00 - 17:00
Thursday08:00 - 17:00
Friday08:00 - 17:00
Saturday09:00 - 14:00*
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