Teeth whitening

Treatment for whiter teeth in Bristol

The tooth whitening procedure is by far the most popular cosmetic dental procedure available. Used by a wide range of people, this fast, affordable and effective treatment has a near instant impact on the whiteness of a patient’s teeth.

Discoloured Teeth

Teeth can become discoloured for a number of reasons; some of these are caused by external factors such as smoking or drinking red wine. Some antibiotics too can be responsible for discolouring our teeth. The fact is though that, whatever lifestyle we lead, as we grow older, our teeth will gradually become discoloured as the molecules inside of the teeth darken, giving our teeth a darker appearance.

The fact that having whiter teeth is becoming an important aspect of our appearance can be seen from the number of tooth whitening toothpastes that are advertised on TV. The reality of these though is that, due to health and safety issues, the whitening ingredient in these products is very limited and any difference that they make will be minimal. It should be noted that there are also a number of high street shops offering a tooth whitening service. Some of these have come under fire for using unqualified staff to perform the procedures. This is not only illegal but potentially dangerous too, as, if the gums and lips are not correctly protected, this can result in burning.

Professional Teeth Whitening

At Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol, we are fully trained in providing a safe and effective teeth whitening treatment and can offer two types to suit your requirements.

The first of these, which is the fastest acting, is the one we offer in-house called the Wy10 procedure. This involves the patient’s lips and gums being fully protected and a whitening gel being applied to the teeth. Once the whitening gel has been applied, it is activated by the use of a small light, which also raises the temperature a little to improve the whitening qualities of the gel. The whole procedure takes approximately one hour by which time, you will notice a very significant improvement in the whiteness of your teeth.

The other method that we offer is called ‘Enlighten’ and combines both home treatment and in-house too. This procedures involves the patient wearing specially made ‘trays’ that contain a whitening gel for 14 nights, whilst they sleep. This is then combined with a visit to our Bristol dental practice where one of our experienced cosmetic dentists will continue the treatment using whitening gel supplied by Enlighten. This latter procedure is more time consuming but, in the long run, gives your teeth the best chance of reaching their ultimate whiteness. This procedure may be especially useful for those with more severe discolouration.

In both cases, you will be entered into the Beau Monde Dental Care maintenance programme where we will monitor your progress and help you to achieve the whiteness that you desire.

How long does the effect last?

A commonly asked question is how long the effects of a teeth whitening procedure will last. This is very difficult to answer as people live different lifestyles. If you have had the procedure and are a heavy smoker, then, quite naturally, the results will not last for as long as someone who doesn’t smoke and lives a healthy lifestyle, avoiding tooth staining products too.

The effects can last up to three years, though, as previously stated, this will vary from patient to patient. At Beau Monde Dental Care, we will discuss this with you prior to commencing any procedure.

Side Effects

The other commonly asked question we hear at our Bristol practice about the procedure is about potential side effects of teeth whitening. The good news is that there are none. The only effect that you may feel is a little extra sensitivity to hot and cold for a short while after the procedure. This sensation though is short lived and your teeth will return to normal, albeit whiter, shortly afterwards.

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