When deciding to whitening your teeth, there are always some questions that come to mind. How white will my teeth get? How long will the treatment last? Are there any side effects that may occur? We've taken a look at these common whitening questions to help you understand what to expect when undertaking a teeth whitening treatment. Remember, all your questions are important and you should ask your local dentist about any concerns you have before undergoing your teeth whitening treatment.
Not all whitening treatments are equally effective, therefore you need to be realistic about your expectations when undergoing whitening. Teeth whitening is different for every person and there are many variables that will determine how white your teeth will get including:
When whitening your teeth two to three shades can make a difference to anyone’s smile. Whilst whitening treatments can make this change, these variables need to be considered in your expectations.
Be aware that the many white smiles you see on your favourite social media pages may not be real teeth and could in fact be ‘veneers’ on the surface of the teeth. Again, remember to factor this into your expectations and do your research before buying.
You’ve finished your whitening treatment, your teeth are a nice, bright white, but how long will it last?
Long-term results are dependent on your lifestyle habits and behaviours. Eating and drinking stain-causing food and drink, smoking, and trauma to the teeth can increase the rate of discolouration. However, with the correct maintenance, the effects of teeth whitening can last for a few years:
Teeth whitening is a non-invasive treatment and is completely safe when performed correctly. When performed incorrectly, teeth whitening treatments can cause uneven results and potential injury.
Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone and consulting a dentist before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment is strongly recommended. Your dentist can advise on the best treatment for you based on your individual needs. Any oral health conditions you are experiencing (decay, gum disease etc.) should be treated before you start your whitening treatment.