Over time many factors can combine to make our teeth lose their colour. Unsightly stains can be caused by the food we eat, smoking, drinking red wine, and coffee. For many people, having a bright white smile goes hand in hand with self-confidence and using home tooth whitening products can help achieve that.
How Do Teeth Become Stained?
The enamel layer of your teeth is porous which means that over time stains can work their way down into your tooth making it difficult to clean with normal brushing. While the stains are fairly harmless, many people find them unattractive. The only way to clean them properly is with special whiteners which use bleaching products.
There are two bleaching treatments on the market:
Some dentists offer a system that combines hydrogen peroxide gel that is combined with a high intensity light beam which increases the effect of the chemical reaction on your teeth. The process normally takes about an hour and may seem attractive if you want a quick pearl white smile. But it is often seen as a less effective treatment that produces variable short term results. It is considered as a surface whitening system that slow the staining process minimally and a recent study in the British Dental Journal found that the vast majority failed to live up to claims that they make teeth lighter.It can also be a much more expensive procedure.
Home Teeth Whitening
At the Alkali Dental Studios in London, we offer a variety of home tooth whitening products because which give much better results. Home kits usually involve wearing a whitening tray over your teeth for a period of time which can show significant results after a couple of days.
Hydrogen peroxide based products can alter tooth colour and give them a brighter look. Bleaching treatments don’t work on all kinds of stains and your dentist will be able to advise you whether it would be a suitable treatment or not.
Zoom! Home Whitening System
One of our most popular products, Zoom Whitening can help restore stained tooth enamel back to its former glory. It uses a revolutionary gel mixture that can whiten teeth by up to six shades in just three nights. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create trays that fit comfortably in your mouth. You then take the product home and inject Zoom Professional Home Teeth Whitening into the trays and wear them over night. They are safe to use and can be worn during the night while you sleep.
KOR Professional Home Teeth Whitening
Many dentists around the world believe that the KOR bleaching treatment is the most effective so far developed. The system works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The KOR whitening system means that the bleaching gel is absorbed more deeply producing better results. Again, your dentist will take moulds of your teeth to produce trays that can be injected with the special bleaching gel and then worn comfortably overnight.
Is Teeth Bleaching Safe?
Clinical studies show that teeth whitening, with a carbamide or hydrogen peroxide solution under the supervision of a dentist, is safe for both your teeth and gums. You may experience some tingling or sensitivity during or following the treatment but this shouldn’t persist. Using anti-sensitivity toothpaste prior to the treatment can make sure you don’t have any problems at all.
To get the best advice on any cosmetic teeth whitening treatment you should visit a qualified dentist at Alkali Dental Studios who will be able to explain what methods are available and the one that is most suited to your needs.