Teeth whitening has of late become a standard procedure, with almost everyone looking for the perfect white smile. As a result, various types of whitening are now available. Here we'll look at some of the more popular treatments and the benefits of each.

In Office Teeth Whitening

This is a whitening service performed by a professional dentist. It is performed using lasers and specially designed lights. These, used together with a whitening gel are mostly applied to the front eight teeth and are a fast and relatively safe way of obtaining almost instant results. This type of whitening is an excellent starter to a more intensive home whitening program.

Over the Counter Teeth Whitening

This kind of whitening is the most popular of all, mainly because of its relative accessibility and the fact that it is cheap and affordable to many. It involves the use of whitening methods that are available from pharmacies and can be used safely without the supervision of a dentist.

These methods include whitening toothpaste, paint on whitening gels, whitening strips and whitening gel. It is, however, advisable to get professional advice if the user has a dental condition, and they can cause tooth sensitivity if not used properly.

When applying these home whitening methods, some factors should be considered. These include the type of whitening gel chosen and its side effects, the implications of using whitening strips and whitening gel trays on the general comfort, among others. These are the some of the reasons why it is important to get professional advice.

Use of Porcelain Veneers

This is an artificial method of whitening that does not directly involve the use of chemical treatment. This method involves the placement of a thin shell of porcelain over the stained tooth, for the purpose of concealing the stains and discolouration. The porcelain shells are custom made to maintain the natural look of the mouth and will serve to complement the smile, fill spaces, reshape the teeth and make minor dental adjustments.

The porcelain veneer method is, however, unresponsive to any future whitening treatment and, therefore, require frequent touch-up and maintenance. The white shade of the veneer should also match with the natural white of the teeth to ensure even coloured teeth appearance.

Our teeth are one of the most prominent and important features of our face, and we want them to feel and look their best. With Invisalign you can get that perfect set of teeth without the hassle of restrictive orthodontic devices like traditional braces. It's a revolutionary treatment which can help realign your smile with a minimal impact on the way your teeth look and feel throughout the day,

Invisalign is designed to improve the appearance of your teeth over a period of time. It all works by using clear aligners that are placed on the teeth which gradually move them into a better position. And with each aligner being specially designed, it means you can get the right look just for you without having to compromise.

They are used to correct various common orthodontic issues like the overcrowding of teeth, cross bite, deep bite, under bite and widely spaced teeth. It is a more comfortable and almost invisible way to straighten teeth than braces, with the added benefit of being able to remove them whenever needed. There is no longer the hindrance of having them removed by trained professionals, and your lifestyle can remain the same - in and out when you want them.

They are great for people who want to maintain the look and feel of their natural teeth while gradually working towards their dream smile. Being able to eat the foods they want, whilst still maintaining the best oral hygiene possible, is an ideal solution for most people.

It all works by having a physical impression or scan of your teeth, which is then transferred over to your provider to perfect and create into a suitable mould. You then receive a range of aligners which you're able to change at home every two weeks, and to ensure that your teeth are on track, a check-up of every two months is highly recommended.

When it comes to Invisalign it's a a gradual change that occurs week by week, and bit by bit. By the end of your treatment you should have the perfectly aligned teeth you always wanted. Some people need and extra couple of aligners to make a few final adjustments, but in general most people will not require any additional work.