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Tooth whitening FAQs at The Park Practice Glasgow West End Kelvingrove

Q.Does tooth whitening damage your teeth?

A: No, not at all. It does make your teeth temporarily sensitive, however this can be treated by wearing the whitening plates with a sensitive toothpaste such as Colgate sensitive whitening toothpaste or for more serious cases of sensitivity your dentist can supply you with some tooth conditioning paste.

Q.Does tooth whitening hurt?

A: The tooth whitening process can sometimes make your teeth temporarily sensitive, however this will go away in a matter of days with the use of a good toothpaste for sensitive teeth. The treatment will not damage your teeth or gums.

Q.How do you reduce the sensitivity caused by teeth whitening?

A: If your teeth become more sensitive due to the tooth whitening, take a day or two off from wearing the plates with bleach. Instead fill the plates with a toothpaste for sensitive teeth.

Q.How long does the process take?

A: The treatment should take from 1 to 2 weeks if plates are worn as instructed by your dentist and the proper hygiene processes are followed.

Q.What is the whitening agent like?

A: The gel comes in a syringe or in a new bubble dispenser and is clear in colour. It has the consistency of a clear gel and is easily rinsed away with water.

Q.Can I replace my bleaching gel with household bleach?

A: No! Never put household bleach near your mouth.

Q.How long will the whitening last?

A: When your teeth originally come through they are in their natural white state. Our teeth are resilient to the food and drink colourings we put in our mouth. However, over time they will gradually become stained through daily consumption of coloured foods, drink and smoking. Any food or drinks products that will stain white clothing will stain your teeth!

The whitening process simply reverses this stain damage by removing the stain from the tooth wall to take your teeth back to their natural colour – or as close to your natural colour as possible. The length of time that your teeth will stay this white really depends on how well you care for your teeth.

Hints and advice to reduce the staining on your teeth accumulated over time:

  • always brush your teeth for 2 minutes morning and night using fluoride toothpaste
  • use a whitening mouthwash daily
  • floss regularly
  • reduce the amount of staining foods and drinks you intake (i.e. coffee, red wine, gravy, etc.)
  • refrain from smoking
Q.Do whitening toothpastes work?

A: Whitening toothpastes are more of a preventative measure. They will really help those who have had their teeth whitened to reduce daily staining and keep your teeth white; however they will have little effect on removing embedded stains which have occurred over time.

Q.Why are the home whitening kits safer than laser whitening?

A: The home whitening kits offer more controlled results and have the distinct advantage that you can re-whiten with your trays at any time. Laser whitening is very fast and intense but doesn't give long lasting results. Your teeth will begin to darken or discolour more quickly and you will have to return to have laser whitening treatment sooner than with tooth whitening kits.

Questions and answers about tooth whitening and sensitivity

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