Teeth Whitening

Many people are seeking teeth whitening nowadays and this is one of the most common treatments as it can almost be completely elective and chosen for virtually any patient.

Am I suitable for teeth whitening?

So long as your teeth are dentally fit and healthy, and you do not have any existing crowns or veneers on the teeth that you want to have whitened then almost everyone is suitable for teeth whitening.

How fast does teeth whitening work?

Home teeth whitening takes a few days to reach a brighter shade, the good thing with home teeth whitening is that it allows you to control the process in the comfort of your own home. You simply where the bleaching trays with the teeth whitening bleaching gel inside for as long as you want, until you have reached the final white colour.

How long does teeth whitening last?

Generally speaking we find that once a person has had their teeth whitening that the teeth will drop back very slightly to a darker colour immediately that the whitening has ceased. As this is the case we recommend that you whiten your teeth very slightly whiter then you finally want them to end up. The whitening will then last for a good length of time so long as you keep your teeth clean and do not allow staining to build up again from either smoking or tea/coffee, wine etc.

Does teeth whitening hurt?

Not normally. You may experience some mild sensitivity whilst you are whitening your teeth, this is normal. Again, the good thing with home teeth whitening is that if you have any sensitivity you simply stop the whitening process. You may find that using a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth helps.

Could I go to a beauty spa or hair salon for teeth whitening?

We recommend that you always have teeth whitening by an adequately trained dental health professional. We always assess your teeth and gums for their overall health prior to whitening, this assessment requires detailed dental training and knowledge to be able to spot potential problems before they happen. If you choose to have your teeth whitening by a person that is not dentally trained then this may be a high-risk strategy.

One of the other problems with beauty spas and hair salons is that of cross infection control. Dental practices are tightly regulated to ensure that any risk of cross infection is completely mineralised, can you be sure that a hair salon or beauty spa works to the same high standards?

Can I have my teeth whitening if I have crowns or veneers?

Teeth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not whiten crowns or veneers, no matter what some other companies may say. If you want whiter teeth and you have existing dental veneers or crowns then the recommendation is to whiten your teeth first, then we can match your new crowns or veneers to this white and colour. The problem with doing it the other way round is that if we were to make your new crowns or veneers first, we have no way of knowing exactly how light, bright and white your teeth will go. Whitening your teeth first removes the guesswork from this process and ensures that your smile looks over all white and even.

Molesworth dental clinic offers cosmetic dental treatments to the local people of Dublin 2 and surrounding areas, they offer a free cosmetic dentistry appointment for anyone interested in dental implants, orthodontics or cosmetic dentistry.

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