FAQs - Teeth Whitening

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening involves a process where substances, primarily peroxides, are used to lighten the shade of the teeth. These substances penetrate the enamel of your teeth, breaking apart the stains and discolorations that have built up over time. The depth of whitening can vary depending on the severity of the stains and the strength of the whitening product.

Yes, teeth whitening is generally considered safe. However, it should be performed under the supervision of a dental professional like those at One Devonshire Place in Birmingham. Misuse or overuse of whitening products can potentially cause harm to your teeth and gums.

Some people may experience temporary side effects from teeth whitening such as tooth sensitivity or gum irritation. This can happen when the whitening solution is too strong or is left on the teeth for too long. To minimise these risks, always follow the instructions provided by your orthodontist at One Devonshire Place.

The longevity of teeth whitening can vary significantly between individuals, typically lasting from a few months to a few years. Factors that affect this include the type of stain that was present, your diet, and your oral hygiene habits. Regular dental check-ups at One Devonshire Place can help monitor the colour of your teeth and maintain the results for as long as possible.

When used correctly, teeth whitening procedures should not damage the enamel. Enamel damage typically occurs from misuse or overuse of whitening products. Always follow the directions provided by your orthodontist to ensure a safe and effective whitening process.

The frequency of teeth whitening will depend on the method you choose and the original shade of your teeth. If you're using an at-home whitening kit, you may need to apply it every few months. You might only need a touch-up every year or two for professional whitening treatments at places like One Devonshire Place in Birmingham.

You can whiten your teeth at home using various products like whitening toothpaste, strips, or trays. However, it is important to note that these products will not provide as significant or long-lasting results as professional treatments. Consider a professional whitening treatment at One Devonshire Place for the most effective results.

The best teeth whitening product will vary based on individual needs and preferences. Over-the-counter options can be effective for minor discolouration, but professional whitening treatment may be needed for more severe stains. Your orthodontist at One Devonshire Place can provide a recommendation based on your individual needs.

Teeth whitening is most effective on yellowish stains that are caused by food, drink, or smoking. Brownish or greyish stains, particularly those that are intrinsic or caused by certain medications, may not respond as well to whitening treatments. At One Devonshire Place, our dental professionals can evaluate your teeth and determine the most suitable treatment for your specific type of staining.

The cost of professional teeth whitening can vary widely, but in the UK, you can expect to pay between £200 to £700 per session. At One Devonshire Place in Birmingham, we offer competitive pricing and flexible payment options to make this beneficial service more accessible to our patients. It's worth noting that the cost usually includes professional consultation, custom trays for your teeth, and high-strength whitening gel not available over the counter.