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In today's world, having a bright and confident smile has become increasingly important. In-chair tooth whitening is one of the popular methods to achieve instantly and dramatically whiter teeth. It is sometimes called chairside bleaching, in-office or professional teeth whitening. It is a light-activated whitening session performed by a dentist or trained dental professional to lighten the colour of your teeth. 

Before Teeth Whitening In Office?

Before deciding which bleaching method is best for your needs, you should be aware that tooth whitening is sometimes universally effective. Suppose you have sensitive teeth, gum disease or teeth with worn enamel dental restorations like crowns and veneers. In that case, your dentist may discourage tooth whitening. Not all stains can be lightened by professional bleaching, and your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if the procedure is right for you.

Is Chairside Tooth Whitening Safe?

Both chairside and at-home teeth whitening are generally safe. However, chairside teeth whitening offers the advantage of being performed and supervised by a dental professional. Following the dentist's instructions and recommendations is vital to minimise potential risks and ensure the best results. This procedure is generally more effective than at-home whitening options. It might change your natural tooth colour from five to seven shades brighter.

With at-home whitening, proper usage and following the manufacturer's instructions are crucial to avoid gum irritation or tooth sensitivity. Alternative whitening treatments, such as over-the-counter whitening kits, may be less successful because they utilise less bleaching material. Furthermore, uncustomised trays might expose the gumline to the abrasive gel, resulting in adverse effects such as chemical burns after contact for an extended amount of time. However, at-home whitening kits can be more affordable and convenient for some individuals.

How Does In-Office Tooth Whitening Work?

Before the procedure, your dentist will perform a proper examination to diagnose the cause of discolouration and the aesthetic condition of your teeth. Once the diagnosis is determined, the dentist can advise whether you are a good candidate for the treatment and which whitening method may work effectively.

The treatment begins with professional teeth cleaning, removing any plaque or debris that could interfere with the whitening process. Next, a protective gel shield is applied to your gums to minimise irritation and protect them from the bleaching agent. A high-concentration bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, is carefully applied to the surface of your teeth. A special light activates the bleaching agent, accelerating the whitening process. This activation breaks down stains and discolouration on your teeth, allowing the whitening agent to produce more effective results. The treatment usually takes about 60-90 minutes, depending on the desired level of whitening.

Once the procedure is performed, the dentist will provide instructions for post-treatment care to maintain your newly whitened smile. They may recommend desensitising toothpaste if you experience temporary sensitivity after the procedure. Some patients may experience temporary tooth sensitivity or gum irritation after the procedure. These side effects are typically mild and diminish within a few days.

What to Expect After Teeth Whitening At the Dentist?

The results vary from person to person, depending on factors such as diet, oral hygiene, and genetics. On average, they can last from six months to two years. Ensuring good dental hygiene and avoiding staining foods and beverages may be beneficial to extend the results.. Here we suggest some practical guidelines to extend the results of your in-office whitening treatment.

  1. Practice good oral hygiene.

Consistent oral hygiene is crucial for maintaining the results of your teeth whitening. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, and remember to floss daily. Using an electric toothbrush may provide a more thorough cleaning, further preventing stains from redeveloping.

  1. Visit your dentist.

Regular dental examinations and cleanings are necessary for good oral health and a beautiful smile. Plaque and tartar buildup, which can contribute to staining and discoloration, can be cleaned by your dentist.

  1. Avoid staining foods and beverages.

Some foods and drinks can cause staining and discolouration, diminishing your whitening results. Reduce your intake of coffee, tea, red wine, and soft beverages. If you consume these beverages, consider using a straw to minimise contact with your teeth.

  1. Give up on tobacco consumption.

Tobacco products, both smoked and smokeless, can cause significant staining on your teeth. To maintain the results of your chairside teeth whitening, consider quitting or reducing your tobacco use.

  1. Use whitening toothpaste

Using a whitening toothpaste or at-home whitening products occasionally can help maintain the brightness of your smile. Consult your dentist for recommendations on suitable products.

  1. Consume a balanced diet.

A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and dairy products can support oral health and help maintain your whitened teeth. Calcium-rich foods, such as milk, cheese, and yoghurt, can strengthen enamel, further preventing stains.

Teeth darken with age, developing a yellow, brown, green, or grey hue (due to heredity and eating habits). The good news is that yellowed teeth tend to whiten most readily. Depending on your eating and drinking habits, additional chairside teeth whitening sessions should become a part of your regular dental hygiene regimen. But judging from the results, it's worth it. In general, for most individuals, in-chair tooth whitening will produce dramatic results into a beautiful, confident smile. And, after all, isn't that the goal of chairside teeth whitening?

About Forest & Ray

Forest & Ray is a private dentist in London (Holborn, Camden) practice offering a wide range of treatments (basically everything), same-day appointments 7 days a week and affordable prices. The key behind a beautiful smile is self confidence, and success. At Forest & Ray we ensure to help you to the best of our ability. If you place your trust in us, we will make sure you achieve your goals and maintain oral hygiene to the maximum of its capacity. Regardless of any age or condition, we promise painless treatments and a professional team.

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