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31 / 07 / 2023

A bright, radiant smile can boost confidence and leave a lasting impression. However, over time, factors like age, diet, and lifestyle choices can cause teeth to become stained or discoloured. Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that aims to reverse these effects and restore the perfect smile. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a dental procedure designed to lighten your teeth’ colour and remove stains or discolouration. It is a safe and non-invasive method that targets surface stains and deep-seated discolouration within the tooth enamel. Teeth whitening can be performed in various ways, but here at Mumbles Dentist in Swansea, we provide expert teeth whitening services to help improve the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth whitening process

The teeth whitening process involves the application of whitening agents that penetrate the tooth enamel to break down stains and discolouration. There are primarily two types of teeth-whitening agents:

Hydrogen peroxide

Most teeth whitening products use hydrogen peroxide as the active ingredient. It reacts with the enamel, releasing oxygen molecules that break apart the stain molecules, leading to a whiter appearance.

Carbamide peroxide

Carbamide peroxide is another commonly used whitening agent. When applied to the teeth, it breaks down into hydrogen peroxide and urea, producing the same oxygen-releasing effect.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The longevity of teeth whitening results varies depending on individual factors such as lifestyle, diet, and oral hygiene practices. On average, teeth whitening results can last from several months to a couple of years. However, with proper dental care and maintenance, the effects can be extended. 

It is important to note that teeth whitening is not permanent, and over time, the natural ageing process and exposure to staining agents can cause teeth to lose some of their brightness. Touch-up treatments maintain the results for a longer period.

Teeth whitening aftercare

After undergoing teeth whitening, proper aftercare is crucial to preserve the results and ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Here are a few tips to remember after you’ve had your teeth whitened:

Avoid staining agents: To maintain the whiteness of your teeth, limit the consumption of foods and beverages that can stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and coloured sauces.

Practice good oral hygiene: Regular brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are vital to keep your teeth clean and free from surface stains. 

Rinse after eating: Whenever possible, rinse your mouth with water after consuming staining foods or beverages to minimise their impact on your teeth.

Use a straw: When drinking beverages that can stain teeth, consider using a straw to minimise direct contact with your teeth.

Quit smoking: Smoking not only stains teeth but also affects overall oral health. Quitting smoking can improve the appearance of your smile and enhance your oral well-being.

Regular dental check-ups: Arrange regular dental check-ups to monitor the health of your teeth and discuss touch-up teeth whitening options with your dentist.

Teeth whitening is a popular and reliable method for achieving a brighter, more confident smile. By understanding the process and aftercare that is recommended after your teeth whitening treatment, you can make informed decisions about your dental care. While the results are not permanent, following proper aftercare guidelines can help extend the longevity of the effects.

Please book an appointment with us today to discover more about how we can help you with our teeth whitening services.


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