How Effective is Teeth Whitening?

A popular treatment with those who are seeking the kind of Hollywood smile that is common not only on the big screen but on local reality shows, across advertising posters, and in and around local businesses, it’s fair to say that teeth whitening in Essex has seen a spike in demand in recent years.

But one question that is often left unanswered by those who offer the treatment is whether or not it’s effective. Here at Bluebell Dentistry & Aesthetics, we combine our dentistry knowledge with the practical side of teeth whitening, to uncover the reality behind this growing aesthetic offering.

How does teeth whitening treatment work?

When you approach our team in search of a teeth whitening treatment, you will first be invited to talk through the realities of the treatment as a professional service. While many of our clients come to us having tried various at-home kits and whitening products, the difference between those and a professionally administered service is vast and so it’s important that you pay attention to the process as well as the reality of the results.

Once you decide to proceed with the treatment, your dentist will take a scan of your teeth and provide you with a gradual whitening kit to administer at home – not unlike those found online, aside from what they contain and the safety regulations in place. All of our kits use high quality bleach which is designed to work while safeguarding the strength of your teeth and gums; something which is not always true of the store and online-bought kits.

Now for the big question – does it actually work?

Is it effective?

The core component of any teeth whitening kit is the bleach, with professional dentist-provided kits using the kind of high quality ingredients which not only protect your teeth and oral health but maximise the results you will see.

For most of our clients, teeth which have been whitened will rarely return to their original colour although future staining is inevitable depending on your diet and other lifestyle factors. Teeth whitening is not and should never be a replacement for good, effective oral health and hygiene – nor is it a permanent solution, with the quality of the results generally fading a little over time. Our advice to clients is always to combine any teeth whitening treatment with a good quality whitening toothpaste to maintain the results.

Is teeth whitening a good option for me?

If you find that your smile looks a little faded in photographs or the mirror, then a teeth whitening treatment can do the world of good – not just for your teeth but for your confidence too.

With professional dentists combining dentistry and aesthetics to help restore the smile of our patients, we can also help to advise you on the treatments that are best suited to your individual needs. Simply give us a call or send us a message and we’ll get back to you to either confirm a consultation or provide you with more information.