Teeth stains are inevitable due to smoking or consumption of a variety of foods and drinks (soft drinks, tea, coffee, red wine etc.). However, modern teeth whitening technology has enabled dentists to safely whiten teeth without harm to the tooth structure.
Almost all whitening methods are similar in concept, but some are much more effective because of the way the whitening material is applied to the teeth. The concentration of the material used has great influence on the outcome, which is why less potent over-the-counter whitening systems or toothpastes usually don’t give patients the results they are hoping for.
There are usually two methods of application:
• A professionally made tray used at home to apply the whitening agent; this may involve applying the agent for a short period of time regularly over 1-2 weeks. This method is the most cost effective and also is easier to maintain.
• Application of the whitening agent by
a dentist in the dental chair; this may involve one to two visits which can take up to or over an hour and sometimes involves heat or a light to accelerate the whitening process. We can give you more detailed information and help you decide which method is more suitable for you and your teeth