Tooth whitening is a very simple, common procedure to whiten natural tooth enamel in a short time, and can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and, just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Our teeth can become more discoloured as we get older. They can also be stained on the surface through food and drinks and smoking. Calculus and tartar can also affect the colour of the teeth. Whiter teeth give a more youthful and confident smile.
Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are.
The 'active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets in to the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
At Woodside Dental practice we offer professional home whitening kits rather than laser/in surgery tooth whitening systems as we feel they provide a much longer lasting result. As there is reduced dental chair time involved the costs are also considerably less.