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27 January 2017

Teeth Whitening In Manchester – Whitening Kits To Go – Really?

Whether you opt for teeth whitening in Manchester after orthodontic treatment such as 6 month smiles Manchester or before undergoing restorative treatment such as dental implants. Manchester patients should know that there are a number of options open to them. One such choice is dental whitening kits that you take home.

More commonly known as ‘whitening kits to go’, or ‘dental teeth whitening take home kits’ these aren’t to be confused with the vast array of over-the-counter teeth whitening products that you can buy in pharmacies and online for a few quid. Instead these are proper bone fide dental treatments designed to whiten teeth safely and properly. So how do they work?

All teeth whitening bleaching kits (and there are a few brands that dentists use) start with custom-made trays. Firstly impressions are taken and from these laboratory technicians will make up a series of personalised trays. Made from clear plastic the trays are designed to be filled with a bleaching agent supplied by your dentist and worn over the teeth just like you would a mouthguard. Typically they’re worn over night for a couple of weeks and will lighten your teeth by up to six shades.

The benefits of this type of teeth whitening in Manchester are as follows

  • It can be carried out in the comfort of your own home, making for a convenient form of dental treatment
  • The bleaching gel (containing hydrogen peroxide) is strong enough to work (around 3.5%) but safe enough to not cause damage
  • It can be monitored by your dentist during the process
  • It can be used in conjunction with chair side teeth whitening treatment as a top up measure

As a result it’s a popular cosmetic dental treatment, particularly for those people who have undergone orthodontic treatment such as 6 month smiles in Manchester, or are about to have dental implants. Manchester residents however, may wonder what the difference is between dental home bleaching kits and chair-side teeth whitening procedures carried out in the dental practice itself.

With in-practice teeth whitening treatments, the hydrogen peroxide levels used in the whitening gels usually falls between 25% and 40%. As you can see, this is much higher that the 3.5% used in take home bleaching kits  Because they contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, chair-side procedures can whiten teeth much faster (usually within 1 hour) but have to be carried out by a registered professional (eg, a dentist). On the contrary, home kits are designed to gradually whiten teeth over a two-four week period and are carried out by the recipient.

In essence, with more and more people opting for teeth whitening in Manchester it comes as no surprise that more and more dentists are offering it as a treatment. So now you know what to expect from chair-side teeth whitening procedures and take home kits supplied by your dentist, all you have to do is to choose the right dentist for your needs.

If you want to find out more about teeth whitening procedures or  are considering teeth whitening after 6 month smiles Manchester, or before undergoing dental implants, Manchester patients might want to talk to us about how we can help bring back your great looking smile. Contact Church Road Dental and Cosmetics today on  0161 486 0743 to book a consultation. On behalf of Shi Karim and the team, we look forward to welcoming you.

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