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The Benefits of Teeth Whitening

A radiant smile can light up a room. If your smile isn’t as bright as you’d like it to be, teeth whitening treatments can help. Teeth whitening treatments can significantly lighten teeth for a noticeable change in your appearance.

How Do Teeth Whitening Products Work?

Over time, teeth naturally discolour. Teeth naturally have a greyish-yellow tint, and can yellow as tooth enamel thins to show the underlying dentin starts to show through. Surface stains from smoking and tobacco products or deeply coloured food and drink like coffee or red wine darken teeth.

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There are two main categories of teeth whitening products: surface whiteners and bleaches. Surface whiteners use mild abrasives to remove surface stains; these are often found in toothpastes or chewing gums. Bleaches, on the other hand, are peroxide-based and diffuse into the teeth where they break down complex molecules to reduce discolourations

Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening Services

Once you have decided to whiten your teeth, you may wonder if it’s worth trying over-the-counter products like whitening toothpastes or strips, or going to your dentist. However, there are some definite benefits to having your whitening treatments done by a dental professional.

Customized and Professional Treatment

A professional teeth whitening treatment is tailored to your specific needs. Because your dentist and hygienist examine your teeth first, they can ensure the procedure will make your teeth whiter. In some cases, such as with very thin tooth enamel, whitening may not help, so veneers or another solution may be more effective.

More Dramatic, Long-Lasting Results

Dentists use stronger cleaning compounds and specialized equipment to provide a whiter smile than you’ll ever achieve from a DIY product. The treatment is safe, efficient, and delivers results faster than over-the-counter options. Professional teeth whitening treatments offer long-lasting results. With good oral hygiene practices, the effects of a professional whitening session can last for a long time.

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Cost Effective

Although a professional whitening session might be more expensive initially than over-the-counter products, it can be more cost effective over time. Professional treatments provide more immediate and dramatic results, so you need fewer sessions to achieve your goals, and results can be long-lasting, so you save money over time.

Professional Guidance

After a professional teeth whitening session, your dentist can provide advice on how to maintain your brighter smile. This can include tips on diet, oral hygiene practices, and follow-up treatments if necessary.

At Gateshead Dental, we know many patients are interested in getting a whiter smile. That’s why we offer professional whitening treatments, so our patients can achieve whiter teeth safely. Custom and standard trays to take home are available, so you can get the tooth whitening results you are looking for.

Dr. Christopher Sims
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