Have you recently finished wearing braces in Kent? If so you may want to finish off your new smile with teeth whitening, but it is important to make sure you whiten your teeth safely and successfully. Perhaps you’ve already tried one of the many over-the-counter whitening kits and have been disappointed with the results? If so then it’s well worth making an appointment with Dr Rik Trivedi to find out how professional teeth whitening can give you the smile you really want.

Teeth whitening has become such a commonplace affair that many people overlook the fact that it is a dental treatment, and that is best carried out by a qualified dental professional who is able to adjust the treatment to take into account your particular dental needs, for example through prescribing the correct bleaching gel to take tooth sensitivity into account. Some people may be completely unaware of the need to have a full dental check-up before using any type of whitening product.

Book a Check-up at Parrock Street before Having Your Teeth Whitened

This step is essential, especially if you haven’t visited a dentist for a while. The reason for this is that using whitening products on an unhealthy mouth which has signs of tooth decay or gum disease could produce unwanted side effects, and could even make these conditions worse. Teeth are whitened using bleach, and any disease that allows the bleach to penetrate into the tooth or gums could cause unwanted sensitivity or even pain.

Your dentist is also the best person to advise you as to what you can reasonably expect through whitening your teeth, as certain shades or colours react differently to the bleach than others, and treatment can also be affected by other factors. For instance if you have any crowns or veneers, have dental fluorosis or teeth that have discoloured in due to root canal therapy, then your dentist may recommend a slightly different approach. Teeth that have been root treated may need to be bleached internally, and porcelain restorations cannot be lightened by teeth whitening so you may need to have these restorations replaced once you have finished teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening at Home

Once you have received a clean bill of health from your dentist then Parrock Street can supply you with custom-made whitening trays to use at home. The advantage of choosing to whiten your teeth in this way is that the treatment is highly controllable. You’ll probably need to wear the trays overnight, or can choose to whiten more slowly through only leaving them in for a couple of hours.

It’s important to follow our instructions given by our dentist in Kent closely as this will give you the very best results in the safest way possible. The final outcome should be a beautifully white and healthy smile. Want to find out more about whitening using our custom-made trays? Call us on 01474 537191.