Tooth Whitening

Tooth Whitening in Kippa Ring

Simple smile improvements are often the most noticed and for all the right reasons. For example, something as easily achieved as teeth whitening can make an enormous difference to a dull and lifeless smile.

Many seek this treatment purely to gain extra confidence when they smile. Others may want to undertake this treatment for a special occasion such as a wedding or reunion. Whatever the case may be, tooth whitening is a safe and successful way to improve your smile. Tooth Whitening or bleaching is also a process utilized for lightening the color of teeth that have not responded well to professional cleaning. The general process involves the application of a bleaching agent onto a tooth surface. Most bleaching agents are comprised of a Hydrogen Peroxide formula. Depending on the system chosen by your dentist, the strengths of the bleaching agents may vary.

Some general advantages of whitening / bleaching:

  • Bleaching is ideal for undamaged teeth that need lightening in color. (As opposed to crowns, veneers or facings)
  • Custom made trays can be used again at a later stage
  • Upper and lower teeth can be treated at the same time from one procedure
  • Approved tooth whitening products are safe to use

Some disadvantages of whitening / bleaching:

  • Not all teeth respond well to bleaching. For example, yellow, brown and orange stained teeth usually respond well to bleaching. However, grey stains may lighten a little, but results may not be as good
  • White composite restorations do not get affected by the bleaching process and may need to be replaced after the process in order to achieve a nice aesthetic result.
  • If the bleaching agent has a prolonged contact with the gums it can lead to irritation and burning
  • Bleaching should be done in a controlled setting. Some store bought whitening systems can be very strong and can damage teeth over a long-term period. We do not recommend such treatments
  • Bleaching may not be suitable for people with: pre-existing sensitive teeth, cracked teeth, worn teeth, receding gums or periodontal disease

In general, it is important to see a dentist before commencing any form of teeth whitening. There may be specific considerations that need to be taken in regards to your teeth. If you have ever wanted to whiten or even thought about whitening, it would be best to give us a call at KR Dental and organize a consultation.

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