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teeth whitening | Oldham Orthodontics

Everyone wants pearly-white teeth, which is why there are so many different teeth whitening methods out there. In this blog, we are going to discuss different ways to enhance your smile!

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpaste works by using polishing agents to remove staining that has built up on your tooth surface. It, therefore, gives the impression that teeth are whiter once some of the staining has been removed. It tends to be quite abrasive so we would only recommend it is used for a short period of time.

In Surgery Whitening Procedures

Many dental practices offer an in surgery whitening procedure whereby you can attend that practice and under the supervision of your dentist or hygienist (if they are qualified to do so) have your teeth whitened. The procedure lasts around 2 hours and you would hopefully leave with brighter, whiter teeth.*

Take Home Whitening Procedure

An alternative to the in surgery whitening is a take-home kit. Whitening trays are created from moulds of your teeth, these are custom made so will only ever fit your teeth and ensure they are the best fit possible. The trays can then be loaded with a professional whitening gel and you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your living room! The whitening procedure normally lasts around 2 weeks depending upon the manufacturers guidelines on the gel you have been provided with. You will be provided with a full set of instructions and your dental professional should ensure you fully understand how to operate the system before you leave your appointment.

Ensure you keep your bright smile...

Food and drinks such as red wine, blackberries, paprika and beetroot over time can cause your teeth to stain. By removing these from your diet you can help to prolong the whiteness of your teeth. If you do decide to eat any of these foods then you should swill your mouth out with water afterwards.

All whitening procedures should be carried out by a registered dental professional that is suitably qualified to do so.

For more advice on taking care of your teeth, especially while braces, contact us today.


*Certain shades of teeth do not whiten as well as others, results cannot be guaranteed.