A white smile is associated with happiness, health, beauty and self-care – who wouldn’t want one? Thanks to teeth whitening treatment, it’s possible to reinvigorate your smile, which can work to enhance your whole face. Take a look at what’s involved in the teeth whitening procedure here at Shields dental practice in Limerick.
The teeth whitening procedure: things to know
The teeth whitening procedure is straightforward and non-invasive. In the past, the whitening gel used caused sensitivity for those with sensitive teeth. Thanks to today’s cutting edge technology, even those with sensitive teeth are suitable for treatment.
The steps involved in the teeth whitening procedure at Shields are:
Step 1: initial consultation to discuss your expectations of treatment and what you dislike about your teeth at present. Full examination of your mouth to ensure your teeth are correctly structured and healthy enough for teeth whitening treatment. If you have misaligned teeth or signs of gum disease or decay, this will be addressed beforehand. We will also ask you what teeth shade you are looking to achieve and the various shades we can provide through treatment.
Step 2: we take impressions of your teeth, so we can create custom-fitting whitening trays, to which you will apply the bleaching agent from home over a period of around two weeks, depending on your chosen tooth shade. We will show you how to do this, so you feel confident once you leave the practice (please contact us if you’re unsure of anything at all during the at-home stage of treatment).
Step 3: once you have completed the at-home whitening procedure, you will have beautifully white teeth. By avoiding teeth-staining food and drink, refraining from smoking and attending hygienist appointments to have plaque and surface stains removed, you can expect the results to last as long as 2-3 years.
The benefits of teeth whitening can go a long way:
Advance your career prospects: first impressions are essential when it comes to employability, and smiling certainly helps. Studies have shown that employers are more likely to employ a person that smiles more often than someone who does not. Discoloured teeth can make you less likely to smile and therefore less likely to make connections that will further your career. Choose the teeth whitening procedure to get you that dream job or promotion.
Improve your oral health routine: teeth whitening treatment gives you the chance to wipe the slate clean and inspire you to take better care of your teeth in the future and create new habits.
Great for your wellbeing: if discoloured teeth have been getting you down, having them whitened can help you feel more confident and happy in yourself and around your friends and family.
Look younger: white teeth are linked to a youthful appearance, and the effects of treatment can even take years off your whole face.
What makes the professional teeth whitening procedure superior?
It’s imperative that if you do choose to whiten your teeth, you approach a dentist. Unfortunately, unqualified individuals offer the teeth whitening procedure without the vital qualifications needed to render it safe. Tragically this has resulted in many people across Ireland sustaining irreversible damage to their gums and caused severe pain.
Meanwhile, there have been reports of home whitening kits being sold online and containing dangerous levels of a bleaching chemical that contains 300 times the recommended amount of hydrogen peroxide.
Our team of dentists here in Limerick are highly qualified in performing cosmetic dental treatments like teeth whitening. We create custom-fitting whitening trays that perfectly fit your unique tooth structure, so there is no risk of the bleaching agent making contact with your gums.
We use only the most highly respected brands here at Shields, including whitening systems from PacDent and SDI Pola Night.
Did you know we offer free video consultations at our Limerick Dental practice? These are ideal if you would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry at Shields. Book yours online here.
Dental implants: free consultations in Limerick
We are also offering free consultations for dental implants treatment.
Dental implants: things to know
Dental implants are a life-changing means of replacing a missing tooth. They’re unrivalled in the degree of function and aesthetic they offer and are the next best thing to a real tooth. There are many advantages to getting dental implants over conventional dentures and bridges, including:
They’re secure: dental implants provide an amazing degree of stability, so you don’t have to worry about slipping dentures or limiting the foods you eat.
They protect your jawbone: implants are the only treatment that protects your jawbone from slipping away, which can eventually cause a hollowed and sunken look to your face.
They reduce your chance of gum disease: gaps in your smile increase your chance of developing gum disease as part of your gum is exposed. It’s also more difficult to brush and floss. Dental implants restore your teeth, thus reducing your chance of developing excess amounts of plaque and tartar. Be sure to come along to regular hygienist appointments in Limerick, even after your implants have been placed.
Smile with confidence: like the teeth whitening procedure, dental implants can restore your confidence and your enjoyment in smiling. Confidence and wellbeing in day-to-day life are invaluable and arguably the most significant benefit of transformative dental treatment, like dental implants and teeth whitening.
Contact our Limerick dental practice to find out more about teeth whitening treatment and dental implants today.