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The complete guide to teeth whitening in 2024

19 March 2024

Considering whitening your teeth? Here’s everything you need to know about teeth whitening treatments in 2024!

Have you got stained or discoloured teeth? 

You’re not alone.

Many adults in the UK are unhappy with their smiles, and stained, yellow teeth are often to blame.

If you’re considering getting your teeth whitened, our experts at The Smile Boutique have produced this definitive guide to teeth whitening in 2024 to help you decide if it’s the best option for you.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure that aims to improve the shade of a patient’s teeth by reducing and removing surface stains.

The severity of discolouration varies massively from patient to patient – some may have slight staining that they want to improve, while others have extreme stains they want to eliminate.

Whether you simply want to restore your natural tooth colour after years of smoking or tea and coffee drinking, or whiten your teeth beyond their natural colour for picture-perfect pearly whites, teeth whitening treatments will surely be a big help.

How do teeth whitening treatments work?

From professional whitening to at-home whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, the majority of teeth whitening treatments work to remove stains from the tooth surface in the same way.

All tooth whitening products contain peroxide-based bleaching agents – such as hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide – that penetrate the enamel and into the dentin to chemically erase stains.

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How will I benefit from whitening my teeth?

There are many ways you can benefit from teeth whitening treatment, including:

Improved dental health

Not many people realise that teeth whitening treatments offer a range of oral health advantages in addition to all the cosmetic benefits.

The bleaching agents used in teeth whitening treatments not only remove stains, but also eliminate bacteria on your teeth and around the gumline, which helps to prevent gum disease.

With better oral health, your risk of developing oral cancers and other conditions is also much less. 

Enhanced confidence

If your self-esteem has taken a hit and discoloured teeth are responsible, a brighter, whiter smile is sure to bring back lost confidence.

When you’re embarrassed or ashamed of your teeth, you obviously don’t want to show them off. But with the pearly white smile that teeth whitening provides, you’ll be able to smile for family photos, laugh with friends, and chat with colleagues without fear or shame. 

Long-lasting results

Opting for professional treatment to whiten teeth provides a long-lasting, sparkling white smile for you to enjoy.

So long as you take care of your teeth after your treatment, the results will last anywhere from a few months to a few years!

At-home VS professional teeth whitening

Both at-home and professional, in-practice teeth whitening treatments effectively eradicate stains and discolouration.

Many people opt for at-home treatments as they can be more convenient and completed in the privacy of their own homes.

However, if you’re looking for a quicker, longer-lasting solution, professional teeth whitening is the most logical route to take.

Whilst whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and other over-the-counter whitening products do a great job of improving the shade of your teeth, it can take a while before you start seeing any results and regular touch-ups are needed.

There are some professional treatments available, though, that can be completed at home. 

At home teeth whitening

Maintaining teeth whitening results

For a few days after your teeth whitening treatment, it’s normal to experience sensitive teeth and gums, so you should avoid acid-based irritants like fizzy drinks, citrus fruits, and pickled vegetables.

You should also avoid staining foods and drinks – including coffee, tea, red wine, tomato-based sauces, soy sauce, and chocolate – as much as possible, as well as tobacco and e-cigarettes.

Following a good oral hygiene routine is also important and you should brush and floss twice daily, and continue to attend regular dental checkups.

Brushing and flossing twice a day, with an anti-sensitivity toothpaste if needed, will help maintain your teeth’s new sparkly-white shade.

Book a consultation for teeth whitening in Peterborough!

There’s no denying the power of a pearly white smile.

To discuss the benefits of teeth whitening in further detail ,  get in touch with our reception team to book a consultation at our Peterborough dental clinic today!

We’re always happy to answer your questions and look forward to helping you regain your smile confidence!

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