Everything you need to know about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth using a specially formulated gel. Teeth whitening in Glasgow with Dental FX is a cost-effective and safe way to buffer your smile, protecting the surface of your teeth whilst lightening them several shades. If you are interested in teeth whitening in Glasgow, there are a few things you should consider. What is the best method for you? Are your teeth suitable for this kind of treatment and are you aware of the minor side-effects? To find out everything you need to know about teeth whitening in Glasgow, contact us and we would be happy to arrange your consultation.


Can anyone get their teeth whitened?

You may have seen a lot of adverts floating around on social media, promoting home teeth whitening. Although these methods may be effective for some people, not everyone has suitable teeth for whitening which is why it is important to seek advice from a dentist. Generally, yellow or discoloured teeth react well to lightening gel. However, grey-toned or brown teeth are usually too damaged to see positive outcomes, as well as teeth with caps, crowns, veneers or fillings. Similarly, teeth that are discoloured as a result of an injury or medications would not be appropriate for whitening.

What is the best method of whitening

There are many methods of whitening, some which are more effective than others. Low cost and easily accessible methods include whitening toothpaste, bleaching strips or charcoal whitening powder but, these options don’t tend to show the same results as dentist-recommended treatments. Many dentists would argue that the treatment with the best, proven results, is at-home bleaching. For at home bleaching, a unique mouth tray is created from a mould of your teeth, which is then filled by you with a whitening solution. Results usually take a few weeks to show, but this method is extremely cost effective, long lasting and easy to manage.

Are there any side-effects?

As with any form of medical treatment, whitening can have some minor side-effects. The most common of these is tooth sensitivity, which is why this method is not recommended for people with incredibly sensitive teeth. It is possible to experience some minor pain but rest assured, there are ways to manage it. First of all, follow advice from your dentist. If they recommend you only leave your trays in for up to two hours a day, do not exceed that. Secondly, purchase some anti-sensitivity toothpaste and some fluoride rinses to help alleviate symptoms, as well as suitable pain relievers if advised to by your dentist. However, most people minimise discomfort by limiting their intake of hold and cold drinks and giving their teeth a break from whitening.

Will my teeth stay white?

Teeth whitening largely depends on your eating, drinking and recreational habits. If you smoke, drink coffee and neglect oral health care, the whiteness will fade quicker than with someone who avoids all of those things. If you do look after your teeth, whitening can last up to a few years and can even be extended further using similar whitening products.