How to whiten your teeth at home properly

Posted on Feb 17, 2021 in News

We all know that a brighter and straighter smile can leave a great first impression on others. One treatment that can make a big change and can help you get the ‘Hollywood smile’ effect is teeth whitening. It’s extremely popular and is ideal for people with healthy gums and teeth who wish to improve their overall appearance.

When it comes to teeth-whitening, you’ve got two options, getting them whitened at a clinic or in the comfort of your own home. We spoke to Dr Carmen Colomar, an associate dentist at Moira Wong Orthodontics, shes a highly talented and accomplished orthodontist based in London who has extensive experience in all aspects of dentistry. She let us know the advantages of teeth whitening at home and how it compares to treating your teeth at a clinic.

Who is eligible for home whitening?

Almost everyone over 18 years-old who has had a recent check up to assess that they’re dentally fit, that they’re not pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are the advantages of teeth whitening at home?

It is safe, easy to use and the majority of patients find it comfortable. The results are predictable and stable in time.

The main side effects of all types of whitening include: reversible sensitivity, it goes few days after the treatment is completed. Most people experience it to some degree.

How does it work?

The dentist makes custom whitening trays for the patient to load whitening gel into them home, they’re made of a flexible material that molds to your teeth. All the whitening gel products contain one of two active ingredients: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. The peroxides penetrate the enamel and reach the stain molecules in the dentine and break them away.

Daily applications are required, depending on the severity of the case and the age of the patient. The treatment should usually last 2 to 6 weeks. Severe cases with tetracycline staining (antibiotics discolouration) may need treatment for months.

Does it damage teeth?

Not at all.

Is there a difference between online whitening kits and kits from dentists?

Yes, over the counter/online gels contain much lower concentrations, up to 0.3% of carbamide peroxide (or up to 0.1% of hydrogen peroxide), and at the dentist from 10 to 16%.

What aesthetic results can patients realistically expect?

It does not whiten crown/veneers, fillings or dentures though the treatment is very predictable. It has over a 95% success rate.

To begin teeth whitening at home or for more information on dental treatment, you may like to book an appointment with a leading orthodontist such as Dr Moira Wong. Click here to visit her profile today.

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Dr. Moira Wong – Orthodontist

An exceptionally skilled orthodontist who simply loves to improve the smiles of adults and children.

Dr Moira Wong (GDC no: 67960, UK) developed an ambition to specialise in the field of orthodontics during her time as a dentistry student at the London Hospital Medical College. After graduating in 1994, she gained experience in all fields of dentistry prior to specialisation. This included working as part of the Pennstar trauma team at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Wong’s career pathway began with a spell as a house officer in prosthetic dentistry at the Royal London Hospital, followed by senior house officer positions at the Bristol Dental Hospital. During this period she gained her fellowship in dental surgery and worked in the paediatric dentistry department, treating special needs children and addressing complicated developmental problems. She also worked with adults requiring the replacement of multiple teeth.

Returning to London to take up a position as a senior house officer in oral surgery, Dr Wong gained experience in dental and facial surgery. One of her busiest nights was helping with the suturing of patients following a national rail crash.

Dr Wong was then accepted onto the specialty training programme at Guy’s Hospital, where she spent a further three years gaining her master’s degree. She continued onto a consultant training programme at King’s College and St George’s Hospital, gaining her Fellowship in orthodontics. Currently less than 300 UK practitioners have this level of training, with just 5 to 10 people gaining the accreditation in an average year.

Today, Dr Wong has acquired an excellent reputation for her highly sophisticated work and approachable, communicative manner. Her ambition is to be recognised as nothing less than the best orthodontist in London.