Want to whiten your teeth? Here are 5 things you need to know.

Typically, the beginning of a New Year is when people start to think about bettering themselves and how they want to change.

While some of the more popular options include hitting the gym or undergoing a makeover, another simple yet effective transformation is teeth whitening. So if you’re interested in brightening up your smile, take a minute to read about these 5 things you need to know before going ahead with it…

1- It won’t last forever.

All dentists will tell you the same thing; whitening won’t last forever. You will probably require a series of follow-up treatments, with the results generally lasting one to three years.

 2 – Not everyone can whiten their teeth.

If you are pregnant, you should avoid whitening due to the chemicals it utilises. On top of that, anyone with peroxide allergies, extremely sensitive teeth or gums, exposed roots, cavities, or worn enamel should avoid teeth whitening.

3 – Results vary.

The outcome isn’t the same for everyone; so don’t be disappointed if your teeth don’t turn out the way you expected based on someone else’s treatment. The better your oral hygiene and condition of your teeth, then the whiter they will be.

4 – Healthy teeth are important.

Speaking of oral hygiene, if you want your whitening to stick then you need to maintain good dental habits. That means not smoking, avoiding dark red wines, or any other staining substances like coffee for the first 48 hours following treatment.

5 – Do not over-whiten.

You might get caught up in how pearly white they look initially, but don’t become addicted! Having the procedure done too many times can result in permanent damage to your teeth by weakening the enamel and producing an irreversible discoloration.

And there you have it! Now that you know the facts, are you still interested in teeth whitening treatments?

You know the drill, give us a call on 020 8088 2079 and we’ll be happy to book you in and assess whether or not teeth whitening is appropriate for you.