White teeth are seen as the healthiest by many – and a bright white smile can improve your confidence no end and make you feel ready to take on the world. 

Throughout our lives our teeth can become naturally stained by a number of things such as coffee and tea, tomato, alcohol and even smoking. To ensure that your teeth don’t turn yellow and dull, it is important to consider different teeth whitening treatments and options. 

You can try out natural teeth whitening at home using banana or baking soda – however for a treatment that will really last and give you a bright smile, visiting the dentist is an important choice. 

Your general dentist can provide you with advice and treatments to whiten your teeth – so stop delaying and visit them today if your smile is ruining your confidence. 

 

Why visit a dentist? 

We all know that there are tons of whitening kits and treatments you can buy online and do at home – so why come to the dentist? The main reason why you should choose to come to the dentist for your whitening needs is that they will provide treatments that will not damage enamel on your teeth. Your enamel is a protective layer on your teeth and if this is damaged it can ruin your smile and make you more prone to damage. 

 

An initial consultation

When you first visit your dentist to find out about their whitening treatments you will have a checkup that inspects the teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for a whitening treatment to go ahead. They will then discuss the best whitening option for you and your teeth. At this point they will also show you a chart of teeth colour and let you know what shade of white you can expect to achieve. This will ensure you don’t have unrealistic expectations but it will also ensure that your teeth look natural. 

 

In house whitening 

The first type of whitening treatment can be done in the dentist chair and you can go up six shades of white in an hour. This is a great option for those who need a quick fix for an event or a specific reason. This treatment involves gel and a UV light that will lighten your teeth and get them looking bright in no time. 

 

At home whitening 

If the option is available and viable for you, your dentist can provide you with a home whitening kit that involves trays and gel to treat your teeth. The dentist will talk you through how to wear this correctly and you should wear it overnight for both convenience and effectiveness. This treatment might take a few weeks for you to achieve the white you want however a more gradual process like this might be better for you and will look more natural. 

 

Internal teeth whitening 

Sometimes it will only be certain teeth that have changed color – and a tooth may have gone darker due to previous root canal treatments or something else. In this case, your dentist might suggest internally bleaching your teeth. This will involve reopening the hole where your root canal was treated and placing the bleaching product inside. It will then be closed with a temporary filling. This treatment will be carried out a few times over 1-2 weeks.