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Why do people get their teeth whitened?

Most people in the UK are conscious of caring for their teeth and ensuring that they look straight and also look white and clean. Dental hygiene has become a trend amongst adults and this is influenced by social media and watching celebrities and bloggers with perfect teeth. Clear Braces Direct in London offers teeth whitening to patients who are looking to perfect their smile and improve the appearance of their teeth.

Who can have teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is available to all patients over the age of 16. If patients feel conscious about the colour of their teeth they should visit Clear Braces Direct in London where the expert hygienists will be able to book an appointment and discuss the most suitable treatment for the patient on an individual case-by-case basis. It is important that patients ensure that they undergo their teeth whitening procedure at a dentist’s practice and not a beauty salon as it is illegal for anyone but dentists to perform professional teeth whitening.

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What are the different types of teeth whitening available?

There are a number of different teeth whitening options available to patients at Clear Braces Direct in London. Often the dentist can provide take-home teeth whitening kits which consist of custom-made trays or ready-made kits. The custom-made trays consist of a higher level of the bleach than can be usually found in over-the-counter whitening trays available in stores. The level of bleach will be dependent on the strength required by the patient and the results that the patient is trying to achieve. The trays are easy to use and the dentist will be able to properly advise the patient on how to use the trays effectively at the appointment.

Patients that do not wish to use trays and ready-made kits and would prefer more substantial treatment can opt for treatments at their dentist instead. Often people only require minimal cleaning and can achieve the results they are looking for just by visiting their hygiene. At this appointment, the hygienist will lift the surface stains and the plaque on the teeth and this will give a whiter, brighter smile. The appointment will usually take between 30-40 minutes. It is best to book an appointment with the hygienist before deciding whether to go on teeth whitening treatment as often this will be sufficient. Often after this treatment, the whitening effect lasts for up to about 6 months but this will also be determined by how effectively the patient maintains oral hygiene.

Teeth bleaching is also an option available to patients for non-vital teeth only and this deals with discolouration on the surface of the teeth. The dentists will place the bleach inside the tooth and this will remain in the tooth until the desired shade of white is achieved. Teeth bleaching has more of a long-lasting effect than other teeth whitening treatments but the dentist will determine whether the treatment is appropriate for the patient based on their individual personal needs and requirements.


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