Teeth can become dull or discoloured for a number of reasons. These include:
- Poor oral hygiene
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Frequent drinking of coffee, tea, and red wine
- Eating foods which create stains, for example blueberries
There are two main methods to whiten teeth. The most common method is:
Home Whitening: In this system, custom-made clear gum shields are made to perfectly fit on your teeth. A prescribed whitening gel is placed in the gum-shields to whiten your teeth for an hour during the day, or whilst you sleep. After 7 – 10 days, you will achieve your optimum level of whiteness.
The main advantage of home whitening is that you can buy top-up gels without needing a dental appointment. Some patients top up their whitening every couple of months, some top up once a year. It depends on how sparkly you want your teeth, and your eating and smoking habits.
Rapid Whitening: A special whitening gel is placed on your teeth at the clinic, and a UV light is used to accelerate the whitening process. Optimum results are usually achieved in one hour, and a home whitening kit is included so that the whitening can be topped up as desired.