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Pros and cons of teeth whitening

If you are thinking about getting some sort of cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth, you need to consider the pros and cons of the available options, to make sure you know whether or not the particular procedure is right for you. Although tooth whitening is a non-invasive treatment it is still a good idea to ask your surgeon about the possible side effects or the negative aspects of the procedure; you should also do a little bit of homework before attending an appointment, so that you know what questions to ask.

To book a consultation or just to speak to someone about the procedure and learn more about the cosmetic treatments on offer, you should contact the Pearl Dental Clinic; this London surgery can offer all the latest modern techniques to give you a smile you can be proud of. Get in touch today to make an appointment and start the treatment process. In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons associated with a tooth whitening treatment, in order to help you decide whether this procedure is suitable for you.

What are the pros associated with tooth whitening?

It can improve your appearance – This is the biggest reason most people arrange a whitening treatment; tooth bleaching can get rid of stains and discolouration that make the teeth look unhealthy or unsightly. Our smile is usually the first thing other people see when they meet us initially, so don’t underestimate the effect dark, discoloured teeth can have on a person’s self-esteem. There’s no shame in wanting to look your best, so if you have teeth that are making you feel self-conscious, you should consider a whitening treatment to improve their appearance and feel better about smiling in public.

It is very effective – Most patients will see dramatic results with teeth whitening after just one session; it can sometimes improve the teeth by up to eight shades – which is a huge difference when you consider that one or two shades would be noticeable. The reason this sort of treatment is so effective is because it is a simple premise; the peroxide gel is layered over the enamel and left to break down the dark molecules for a short while, which should provide a big improvement after at least three separate applications.

It is relatively cheap – When compared to other restorative and cosmetic treatments, tooth whitening is very cheap, generally costing around three or four hundred pounds for a professional session. There are also home whitening kits that could be around two hundred pounds, which is extremely cheap in comparison to things like veneers or implants, which would be thousands of pounds. This is the cheapest and easiest way to give your smile a boost without having to resort to invasive surgery or a treatment that will dramatically change the structure of your teeth.

It is non-invasive – As well as being cheaper than other types of dental treatment, tooth whitening is much less invasive, which is perfect if you don’t like the idea of getting a surgical procedure to make your smile look healthier. Whereas fitting dental veneers would mean cutting away a large amount of the tooth structure to make room around them for the laminates, less-invasive treatments like tooth bleaching will not affect the shape or structure of the teeth and there is usually no need for any type of anaesthetic. The gel is applied to the outside of the teeth and will not penetrate beyond the enamel; which also means that there is little to no recovery period required afterwards. Most people are happy to leave the clinic straight away after the treatment has been carried out, without any real healing time needed.

What are the cons associated with tooth whitening?

It might not work for everyone – Unfortunately, due to the high number of people who receive this treatment regularly, not everyone will see the same positive results after getting their teeth whitened. This is not due to shoddy products or bad staff training, it is just a matter of numbers – no two patients will react to the whitening gel in the same way and this means that the teeth will not become significantly whiter in some cases. However, most people will find that the treatment is very successful and should improve their teeth noticeably in just one short session. If there is extensive discolouration, it is well worth considering a repeat treatment to break down the stains, as they might just need to be exposed to a higher level of peroxide to eliminate the dark molecules.

There can be some side-effects – Due to the fact that this sort of treatment is not invasive at all, any side-effects are not likely to be dangerous or severely painful, but they should still be mentioned at your consultation if you decide to go ahead with the whitening procedure. The most common side-effect with tooth bleaching is sensitivity that leads to toothache; this symptom will often develop due to the dehydration of the enamel, as this exposes the inner pulp to outside temperatures. In the vast majority of cases, this sensitivity will alleviate after a few days and should be easily controlled using off-the-shelf painkillers. Other side-effects may include; white spots on the teeth, burns to the gum line, and bleached spots on the soft tissue around the teeth.

It can still be expensive – When you consider that tooth whitening will have to be repeated at some stage, this can mean that the price of the treatment could increase over the years. However, if you want to keep your teeth in a bright, white condition for longer, all you have to do is avoid consuming products with dark molecules in them – tooth whitening is a restorative treatment not a preventative one. You could also invest in a home whitening kit to maintain the level of whiteness over the years as this would generally be cheaper than returning to the clinic repeatedly over this timespan.

Pearl Dental Clinic is open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm. You can book an appointment by calling us on 0208 547 9997 or emailing us or booking an appointment online

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