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The Top 5 FAQ's of Teeth Whitening

Posted on October 5, 2016

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The Top 5 FAQ’s of Teeth Whitening


Over the last 10 years, a brilliant, white smile has become one of the most desirable accessories. Unfortunately, many fall into the trap of unregulated products, unprofessional dentists and damaging home-whitening kits.


The first step to a comfortable, successful whitening experience is to do the research! We have compiled the top 5 questions we are asked at Michael Kelly Dentistry to get you started.



Is Teeth Whitening Bad For My Enamel?


A large body of research on bleaching has determined that low concentrations of peroxide, from a reputable source, are safe if used as directed, after a proper dental examination.


Dental whitening provided by anyone other than a dental professional is not controlled or regulated and can in fact damage your tooth enamel. At Michael Kelly Dentistry we use leading brands of whitening gels which have been thoroughly tested and trialled to give you a stunning result without any fear of damage to teeth or gums.


However, tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of bleaching. Our latest whitening gel contains a new product - Novon - to counteract the tooth sensitivity, which can affect so many people who want to have their teeth whitened.



Will my teeth be permanently sensitive after whitening?


Teeth whitening can temporarily expose the soft dentin under the hard enamel of the tooth, giving the whitening gel access to the nerve endings within. This can sometimes cause a little sensitivity - but it is normally only temporary.


Other sensitivity complications can come with the use of unregulated teeth whitening gels. Untested brands of gels and poorly fabricated whitening trays can cause chemical burns on gums.


With proper care and following advice from your cosmetic dentist, if sensitivity affects you, it should disappear within a few days with no permanent damage.



How long will tooth whitening last?


On average, tooth whitening lasts anywhere from 6 months to 2 years - it all depends on the quality of the procedure and how you care for your smile afterwards.


Avoiding smoking, coffee and red-wine are all sure ways to keep your teeth whiter for longer. At Michael Kelly Dentistry, we provide a full, qualified service from consultation to aftercare on how to maintain and care for your newly whitened smile for long-lasting, desirable results.



When might teeth whitening not work?


Nearly all cosmetic procedure results depend on the original state of the area - this includes teeth whitening. Teeth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour - it also only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any type of ‘false' teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.


If your veneers are stained or discoloured contact Michael Kelly Dentistry today to organise a consultation, or take a look at some of the information here:



How much does teeth whitening cost?


When it comes to the cost of teeth whitening, it varies majorly from practice to practice and country to country. As it is a cosmetic procedure, it is not normally covered by the NHS unless there is a medical reason - i.e the tooth has died or the nerves are damaged.


Researching and finding the perfect cosmetic dentist can be a time consuming process, however choosing the right practice can make or break your dental experience.


At Michael Kelly Dentistry, for a limited time only we are offering our expert teeth whitening procedure for only £225 - a massive saving of £125.


For a full consultation, and a limited time offer on teeth whitening, contact Michael Kelly Dentistry today - we can help transform your smile!