Teeth Whitening: Great For The Party Season

13th December 2013

With Christmas just around the corner, it might be a nice idea to opt for teeth whitening in Manchester so that you’re ready for the party season and are looking your best, a service that we provide here at 207 Dental Care.

Teeth whitening is often necessary in adults who have staining from food and drinks. Coffee, tea and red wine are particular culprits, but built-up plaque and tartar can also cause problems, as can cracks in enamel which can catch stains in them. If you are considering this course of treatment, a dentist will need to see you first to assess your suitability for the procedure.

There are a couple of different kinds of whitening you can consider and the most common type is called dentist-supervised home whitening. You can have trays made specially to fit into your mouth like gum shields, with the whitening gel then added in. Your dentist will be able to give you helpful advice on how to use this at home.

Chair-side whitening is another option. You will be told if you are suitable for the treatment and it will take place at the dentists’ clinic. The dentist, hygienist or therapist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them, with the whitening product then applied to your teeth and left to work.

Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is most often used for these treatments. They make the colour lighter by allowing oxygen to get to the tooth. You can also choose chair-side power whitening, where gel is painted onto your teeth and then a light is shone onto it to speed up the whitening reaction. This procedure takes about two hours compared to the other options, which can take a couple of dentist visits or a few weeks at home. You can speak to someone at 207 Dental Care about your options.