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Month: May 2019

Teeth whitening – all you need to know.

Teeth whitening – all you need to know.


Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market. However, with a lot of information and products offered, it is really important that you do research before you start any treatment.

We will try to describe here what works, how, and what may potentially be harmful.

Teeth whitening should only be carried out by a dentist or hygienist.

Unfortunately, there is many non-professionals who are not qualified to carry out procedures. There is also a lot of misinformation making it difficult to choose correct option for someone who’s interested in getting their teeth whitened. That’s why it’s important to see a qualified dental practitioner for teeth whitening. First, because they will advise you before the treatment, make sure the whitening is safe for you, answer your questions and explain everything in detail. Also, there is a guarantee that they will use legal, controller chemicals that have been deemed safe and will not cause irreparable damage to your teeth or burnt and blistered gums. The next reason to see the dentist or the hygienist for teeth whitening is that they can guide you through the entire process from start to finish in a safe manner and discuss the archived result after the treatment is finished.

At Sistova Road Dental Studio we offer home whitening.

What does it mean?

It means that we provide customized trays and bleaching gels to use at home. At the first appointment dental impressions are taken at the surgery and custom-made trays are produced which fit snugly over the teeth and are fitted at the next visit. A small amount of whitening agent is placed in the tray and worn by the patient at home, usually through the night, according to the instructions, for a period of 2 to 5 weeks for most of the patients. Then we are happy to meet you and discussed achieved results.

The active whitening ingredient is carbamide peroxide in a glycerine base.


  • The teeth can be whitened fairly quickly in a simple manner
  • Exact match to your dental structure
  • Use while sleeping
  • Clear, thin, and not invasive
  • Trays last for 2-5 years
  • To maintain your new shade, you need purchase only gel and use the trays once every 2-3 months.


  • Sensitivity may result during the whitening. This is usually slight and temporary.
  • No recommended during pregnancy – there have been no adverse reactions, but long-term clinical results are unknown.
  • Not all types of staining and discolouration respond well to teeth whitening. Results on teeth which are very dark or have patchy staining may be less predictable.
  • White fillings, porcelain crowns and bridgework you may have will remain unchanged through the whitening process.

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?

You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.

We recommend the following tips to take care of your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth properly.  Brushing your teeth properly is the first step towards making the results of your teeth whitening project last. 
  • Cut down drinking and smoking. Many alcoholic drinks such as wine have tannins that can stain the teeth. The same is with the nicotine in tobacco.
  • Visit your dental hygienist regularly, as often as they recommend.
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