The clocks have changed and Easter is almost upon us, which can only mean one thing – it’s officially spring! With the weather improving every day and the evenings getting longer, it’s time to say goodbye to the winter wardrobe and dig out your spring outfits. It’s also the ideal time to invest in making yourself look and feel great with a spring makeover. If you feel that your teeth are holding you back, then why not consider some of the options available to put a sparkling smile back on your face. Our experts answer some of your most common questions about teeth whitening.
If you feel frustrated about the colour of your teeth, you are not alone – it is one of the most common complaints of UK adults as far as their teeth are concerned. If you’ve tried buying whitening products over the counter at your local supermarket or pharmacy, you may be even more frustrated at having put in the effort and expense to see nothing in return. Our advice – always opt for professional teeth whitening performed by a registered dentist.
Because of strict health and safety rules, high street products are only allowed to carry a very small amount of the active substances required to remove stains and as a result simply aren’t able to tackle the real cause of staining. Only a dentist has access to chemicals that are suitably strong to get the desired results.
It is important to remember that your teeth will naturally lose their colour and shine over time as a natural result of aging. Although some lifestyle factors such as frequently drinking coffee, tea or red wine or smoking or chewing tobacco will significantly increase the likelihood of discoloration, even those who go to great lengths to protect their teeth can still find themselves wishing they could whiten them up.
In most cases, the appearance of staining is not caused by surface discolouration alone, but by deeper stains that have penetrated the enamel. These stains are much more stubborn and DIY kits are not capable of tackling them.
Professional teeth whitening uses carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide as the whitening agent. At the right strength, it is able to penetrate the enamel and reach the discolored molecules inside your tooth. Oxygen molecules from the whitening agent then react with the discolored molecules in your teeth, causing the bonds to breakdown and thus eliminating the stains.
As long as you have your teeth whitened by a qualified, registered dentist then the procedure is completely safe. There are several reasons to choose a dentist. They will only use approved substances that are of the correct strength, and will give you a thorough examination before commencing any treatment to ensure it is suitable for you. They will also ensure that sensitive areas such as your gums are not exposed to the whitening chemicals, helping to avoid the risk of discomfort. Finally, you can be sure that everything – both substances and equipment – will be compliant with the strictest hygiene rules.
Here at Perfect Profiles, we offer two popular and reliable teeth whitening options, Philips Zoom! In-Chair Whitening and Boutique home whitening.
For people looking for quick results, we’d recommend our in-chair Philips Zoom! Treatment. This treatment comprises of a 60 minute session made up of 4 x 15 minute whitening sessions, as well as a scale and polish beforehand and a free consultation.
If you would prefer to whiten your teeth in your own time at home and are prepared to wait for results, we suggest our Boutique home whitening option. Our home whitening kits use professional whitening trays made from impressions taken of your teeth in-practice, which you can then use during the day or overnight, depending on your preferences. The double action formula tackles persistent surface stains and at the same time penetrates deep into the teeth to clean from the inside. The treatment gets to work quickly, often resulting in visible results within a week.
Ultimately, the choice of teeth whitening treatment will depend on your lifestyle and how quickly you need your teeth whitened.
If you are planning a wedding this summer and want picture perfect smiles all round for the big day, then check out our fantastic new wedding packages which offer everything for the bride and groom to smile with confidence, as well as fantastic discounts for guests. View our wedding packages page for more details.
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To find out more or book your teeth whitening treatment now at a clinic near you, call today on Luton 01582 518 100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500 823.