What is take-home teeth whitening?
Take-home teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment that lifts stains from the pores of teeth and lightens the colour of natural tooth enamel, leading to the appearance of whiter, brighter teeth.
Take-home teeth whitening involves the creation of a customised mouth tray to which whitening product is added. The mouth tray is taken home with the whitening product and worn on the teeth at specific intervals over a period of up to 14 days.
Natural variations in tooth colour, changes due to ageing and staining due to certain foods and drinks can contribute to the darkening of your natural teeth.
Tooth whitening is a process that aims to help reverse these colour changes that have occurred over time.
When is take-home teeth whitening used?
Take-home teeth whitening is a cost-effective solution for people wanting whiter, brighter teeth. It can assist people with wear to the outer tooth layer (enamel) or extrinsic stains on the teeth of a yellow, brown appearance, typically caused by smoking or the consumption of coffee, wine, and cola and some foods.
What are the benefits of take-home teeth whitening?
There are several advantages associated with take-home teeth whitening:
- Custom-fitted mouth trays (made from impressions taken by the dentist) ensure maximum contact between the whitening product, which is applied to the mouth tray, and the teeth.
- Custom-fitted mouth trays minimise contact of the whitening gel with the gum tissue.
- The whitening product is milder than products used within dental surgeries, leading to less tooth sensitivity and control over the shade of white that is achieved.
- Take-home teeth whitening is more affordable than in-chair teeth whitening performed within dental surgeries.
Positive results from take-home teeth whitening rely on compliance with the at-home portion of the treatment protocol.
Teeth whitening is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Teeth whitening is not permanent and the degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth and the type of whitening system used. Teeth whitening will only work on natural teeth and extrinsic stains.
Call us for an initial appointment to confirm your suitability for take-home teeth whitening.