Everyone wants to have the best smile possible, but if the more expensive cosmetic dentistry treatments are out of reach due to budgetary constraints in 2018, then getting teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is an effective way to lift the whole smile for less money.
Don’t Go Cheap
Although it is tempting to buy an off-the-shelf whitening kit, either in a pharmacy or online, it’s best not to. These kits have been known to do more harm than good because the trays they use are designed to fit everyone and ill-fitting trays can cause the whitening gel to spill out and hurt soft mouth tissues such as the tongue and gums. Quality teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is available from various reputable dental practices including Blue Sky Dentistry.
There are usually two different ways to get teeth whitening in Northern Ireland from a dentist. Whichever option is chosen, having a good scale and polish to remove any barriers from plaque and tartar will make the whitening much more effective. Also, whitening does not work on restorations such as white fillings, crowns, veneers and dental implants.
The patient’s lips and gums are protected with a plastic barrier and the teeth are painted with a gel containing the active ingredient hydrogen peroxide. The gel is activated by a UV lamp and it takes around an hour to lighten the teeth by several shades. During this time, the patient can often watch TV or a film, or listen to music. Some dentists even have a massage chair they can use.
The dentist takes impressions of the patient’s teeth and uses them to make gel trays. The patient takes them home, along with a milder concentration of the whitening gel. They put the gel in the trays and put them on over their teeth. Wearing the gel-filled trays for a short period each day takes two to three weeks to lighten the teeth.
Teeth whitening in Northern Ireland is not permanent, so cleaning the teeth after every meal and avoiding the foods and drinks that caused the staining in the first place can make the whitening last longer.