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The Teeth Whitening Questions You Should Be Asking

That sparkling smile is something that everyone wants. A good smile can make you look and feel great – and attract the attention of friends, colleagues – even passers by on the street.

It’s hardly surprising that teeth whitening has quickly become one of the most sought-after cosmetic dental treatments. Each week we speak to a wealth of patients who are adamant they’d like to achieve that fresh, clean, sparkling smile.

Along with the intent to transform their smile, invigorating how they feel about themselves – and how others perceive them – patients tend to have a handful of questions prior to opting for the procedure. As transparent and patient-centric cosmetic dentists in Galway, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. But what are the questions that you should be asking?

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes, teeth whitening is a completely safe procedure. Learned dentists in Galway, such as ourselves, use only the foremost professional teeth whitening products and dental practices. For example, over the counter teeth whitening products must not contain more than a very small trace of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Higher concentrations can carry the risk of chemical burns. If you’re thinking of buying an over the counter teeth whitening treatment, always make sure that you check the ingredients prior to purchase.

However, if you want professional teeth whitening in Galway with an unrivalled standard of treatment, your best option is to visit a dentist’s like ourselves. We can provide you with a full consultation where you’re free to ask any questions you like and, of course, our teeth whitening treatments are completely safe.

What are the Risks or Side Effects?

Provided you visit trusted cosmetic dentists in Galway, like we are, you shouldn’t have to be concerned with any risks or side effects. All treatment will be completed in a sterilised environment and any risks or side effects will be completely negated.

However, if teeth whitening isn’t performed correctly, patients can risk injury or uneven results. Should the bleaching agent come into contact with your gums or other soft tissues in your mouth, you may suffer chemical burns. Always choose dentists in Galway with strong experience completing teeth whitening procedures. This assures you that they have the acumen to complete the treatment.

Some patients can experience sensitive teeth and gums for a few days after the treatment. A good cosmetic dentist will be upfront and transparent with you at your initial consultation. They will clearly explain what’s involved in the procedure and what to expect afterwards.

How White Will My Teeth Get?

Of course, it’s best to be realistic with any expectations before deciding on any teeth whitening treatment, however there are generally shades of white that patients can choose from. This will be outlined by your dentist during your consultation.

It’s important to remember that not all treatments are equally effective for everyone. Depending on the composition of your teeth, treatments can produce varying degrees of success. Whereas professional teeth whitening in Galway by educated and fully-trained dentists will brighten your smile, teeth with significant stains or discolouration may not whiten to the same degree as teeth that are not.

How Long Does the Treatment Last?

Teeth whitening is by no means a permanent solution. How long the effects of the treatment will last is entirely dependent on the type of treatment you choose and how well you look after your teeth.

Teeth whitening can last anywhere from six months to two years. To maximise the longevity of the treatment, it’s best to avoid drinks and foods that are guilty of staining your teeth, these can include tea, coffee and beetroot. Also, smoking will stain your teeth and dull the effects of the treatment.

Is Teeth Whitening Effective If I Have Crowns or Veneers?

The treatment will not alter the colour of dental work such as crowns, veneers, fillings or bridges. Teeth whitening is specifically designed to enhance the brightness of your tooth enamel.

Should you have restorations like crowns or veneers, they should have been matched to the natural colour of your teeth. A sound cosmetic dentist in Galway will ask if you have had any dental restoration work prior to completing teeth whitening.

Poorly completing teeth whitening can make the colour of your dental restoration work more pronounced, something that can affect the overall results of any procedure.

If you’d like to learn more about teeth whitening from one of the most experienced cosmetic teeth whitening dentists in Galway, or book a consultation, contact us today on: (091) 58 22 22.

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