By far the most affordable, and also one of the most effective cosmetic dental treatments available is cosmetic teeth whitening. Teeth whitening has grown massively in popularity in recent years, mainly because it is such good value and the results gained can be very impressive.
For as little as $500, a patient can gain a much whiter and more aesthetic smile by undergoing a couple of weeks worth of teeth whitening. The results are permanent and teeth whitening can be a benefit to almost any patient.
Teeth naturally stain due to a number of factors including: age, general wear and tear, consumption of coloured foods, consumption of coloured drinks, smoking or even disease or injury. Having yellow or brown teeth can be embarrassing and can lead to people feeling uncomfortable in both social and professional circumstances. Teeth whitening is the easiest and quickest way to re-gain your teeth’s natural white colour.
There are two main types of teeth whitening, laser whitening and at home ‘tray whitening’
Laser whiteing involves the use of a hydrogen peroxide based gel and also a powerful laser light. The lips are held away from the gums using soft rubber shields and the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied over the teeth. The laser is then directed at the teeth which activates the gel and begins the whitening process. This treatment is usually carried out in a few sessions in the dental surgery.
The second way to whiten teeth is by applying hydrogen peroxide based gel to a couple of specially made whitening trays which are made from moulds of your teeth. The gel ad trays are then worn over your teeth at night for a two week period, after which a whiter and brighter smile will be achieved. Tray whitening is good as it requires less surgery visits and can be done from the comfort of your own home. it is also usually cheaper than laser whitening.
Both forms of whitening, either tray or laser, are both very effective and will give some fantastic results. It is important however to make sure you undergo whitening treatment with a cosmetic dentist and not with a hairdresser, beautician or other non-medically trained professional. This will ensure that you are in the safest and most capable hands and will greatly help the success of the treatment.