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Teeth whitening is a safe, effective and simple way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth. It’s a cosmetic treatment which has become hugely popular in recent years as people are becoming increasingly conscious about their smile.

Reasons you may want your teeth whitened:

  • Your teeth have discoloured due to age
  • You have surface stains caused by food or drink
  • You’re a smoker
  • A build-up of calculus (tartar) has affected the colour of your teeth
  • You want a brighter smile


Having your teeth whitened is a simple and pain-free procedure. Your dentist will put a rubber shield or gel onto your gums to protect them and then apply the whitening product to your teeth using a custom-made tray which fits into your mouth like a mouth guard.
The length of treatment can vary and may require you to continue applying a product at home for a couple of weeks.

Tooth whitening is perfectly safe providing that you get it done by a qualified dentist. Many outlets offer this service but please be warned, the people carrying out the procedure often aren’t qualified to do so and may not be using products which are safe.
It is more expensive to get your teeth whitened at the dentist but you could end up with severe damage to your teeth and gums if it isn’t done properly.

If maintained properly, the effects of tooth whitening can last for a couple of years. Results do vary from person-to-person but avoiding anything that can discolour your teeth such as smoking and drinking red wine and coffee can preserve the results of your treatment for much longer.

If you’ve paid to have your teeth whitened, chances are that you want to try and maintain the colour for as long as possible. You can do this by:

  • Avoiding anything that may stain your teeth
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cutting down on sugary food and drinks
  • Using a whitening toothpaste – this can help to remove any stains
  • Visiting your dentist and oral hygienist at least once a year
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