Teeth whitening treatment is available for both men and women alike and professional treatments can whiten and brighten even the dullest of smiles and are affordable for every budget. There are a few options available to people who are looking at doing this including using a home bleaching kit such as the ‘Zoom’ system with step by step instructions on how to make your teeth whiter yourself. Or booking a session at a local dentist who will be able to advise on if you are suitable for the treatment and supervise the process if you are.
In South Africa teeth whitening treatment is becoming more popular especially for people that have stains from food and drinks such as red wine, coffee or tea and nicotine stains from smoking. Some people have staining under the surface which may have been caused by taking antibiotic medication or other things and want them whitened again. For best results a patient will take two or three visits to the dentist over a period of about three weeks to a month. After which they will be given a treatment to continue at home for another two to four weeks in order to get the maximum results and the most beautiful white smile possible.
The effects of this process can last up to three years but if you are smoking regularly it will be less likely to last that long as well as if you are drinking and eating products that cause stains. It is best to consult your dentist for advice before you start with any treatment, even if you are going to use the home based kits like the ‘Zoom’ professional tooth whitening system. There are no major side effects to having this done although some people may experience sensitivity to cold afterwards, discomfort in the gums or a sore throat. These side effects are not serious providing they do not persist and normally will not last very long after the process.
Home kits are readily available and cheaper than having your dentist carry out the procedure but they are not really recommended as they are not as effective or as safe as having your smile made brighter by a professional. Toothpastes are available at supermarkets and pharmacies that can help a little in removing stains and improving the overall appearance of your smile but they will not be effective in getting your teeth really white. These toothpastes are however good to use after you have been through a professional teeth whitening treatment and will help keep your smile bright and white.