Teeth whitening treatments for all budgets

If you've decided to give your teeth an overhaul to get that winning Hollywood smile, you will need to decide which treatment suits your budget.

When it comes to low-budget approach cheap home whitening kits can be bought from high street chemists, or online. The kits supplied usually come with two mouth trays, an application syringe and bleaching agent, such as carbamide peroxide gel and complete application instructions. If you are tempted to go down this route make sure you read the instructions fully, at least once, before even attempting to administer self-treatment.

Home-based kits do what it says on the tin, but arguably nowhere near the standard of professional teeth whitening. For the ultimate winning smile a trip to the dental clinic is necessary. However, not all the work needs to be performed at the clinic as it depends upon which treatment is selected, and that may depend upon the extent of teeth discolouration in the first place. An initial consultation is required to determine whether you are suitable for teeth whitening treatment. If you get the go-ahead then there are usually several options when it comes to treatment.

With a home/tray based teeth whitening solution you will attend the clinic to give impressions of your teeth from which the dentist will produce tailored trays, moulded to your teeth's exact contours. You will then return once your trays are ready and the dentist will take from 30 minutes to an hour to apply your first treatment and to guide you through how to carry on using the trays at home. You then take away the required number of syringes and a supply of the whitening product to finish the treatment over an advised period of time at home.

Dental clinics also offer a power teeth whitening solution that is billed as the most effective in-clinic whitening solution. This quick method is used to bleach the teeth, lightening any discolouration of tooth enamel and dentine. Results are immediate and can typically make teeth from six to ten shades lighter. The treatment takes less than an hour, meaning that it can be applied during a lunchtime appointment - ideal for those ultra-busy people for whom tray or strip methods would simply take too long to work.

Whitening may not be required for an entire set of teeth. For those that have a discoloured front tooth that has previously been subject to root canal work there is a treatment known as internal tooth whitening. The dentist drills a hole in the back of the tooth to expose the top of the root canal. Then, a special whitening gel is applied over the top of a protective impervious lining, and the hole closed with a coloured filling material bung. The results are monitored over a number of days to check that the discolouration has lightened, and once confirmed then the bung is removed and a permanent white filling seals off the hole.

Depending upon your budget and the amount you wish to lighten your teeth, there are many ways to get whiter teeth. To determine the best solution it may be worth getting a free consultation.


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