Bleaching can be useful in treating discoloured or stained teeth. First of all you need a through professional cleaning to start with. Your dentist will recommend bleeching if it is suitable. Bleaching needs to done by a qualified dentist to be safe and effective.
Advantages of bleaching
- Bleaching is ideal for undamaged teeth that only need lightening in colour
- Once the custom tray has been fitted, you can do the bleaching at home, and the tray can be reused later.
- You can bleach both upper and lower teeth
- Approved tooth bleaching products are safe to use
Disadvantages of bleaching
Some blemishes won’t improve. Bleaching works best on brown, yellow or orange stained teeth. Grey stains may lighten a little but the results will not be as good.
Prolonged contact between bleach and the gums may lead to short term irritation or burning. Care must be taken to prevent this
If you have sensitive teeth, or if you have gum disease, or worn teeth, bleaching may not be suitable
Some over the counter preparations are very abrasive, and can damage teeth over time.
Some white filling may need to be replaced after bleaching
Some teeth may not bleach evenly