Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural color of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete color change; but it will lighten the existing shade.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are. First the dentist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect the soft tissue. They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield. The ?active ingredient? in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth color is made lighter.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don?t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discoloring and staining.
We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
Bush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
Cut down on how often you have sugary snacks and drinks
Visit your dentist at least once a year.
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