Pearly White Once More

a patient having her teeth whitenedIt’s easy to see why teeth whitening is the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. In Belfast, teeth whitening is also the number one treatment that people choose when they want to add some zing to their appearance.

In Belfast, teeth whitening treatments are available from dentists such as Blue Sky Dentistry. Going to a dentist for teeth whitening is important, even though off-the-shelf kits are available, because the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide, can be an irritant. In fact, in the UK it is now illegal for non-medically trained people to deliver teeth whitening.

Wondering why teeth whitening in Belfast is so popular? Well, it’s non-invasive. The structure of the teeth does not have to be altered in any way for whitening to take place, although a good clean first helps. Secondly, people associate white teeth with being young and healthy, so whitening is a quick way to take a few years off physical looks. It is easy to whiten teeth accurately, lightening them by a shade or two or going for the brightest white, which is shade B1. The dentist can show a colour match card to pick out the shade and most will recommend a shade of white that looks natural.

There are two ways to get teeth whitening in Belfast. It can be done at the dentist or at home. Let’s take a look at these now.

In-clinic whitening

The patient needs to set aside an hour or so for in-clinic whitening. They lie back with protective barriers over their lips and gums, and the dentist applies the whitening gel to the teeth. The gel is activated by a UV light. Some dentists offer movies to watch and music to listen to. Some even have massage chairs to relax in.

At-home whitening

The gel for home use is less concentrated. The patient gets custom-made gel trays, created from impressions of their teeth, along with the gel. They wear the trays for an hour or so each day and over the next two to three weeks, their teeth gradually whiten.

Teeth whitening is not permanent, but can last longer if patients avoid things like coffee, tea and red wine and diligently brush their teeth after meals.