What is tooth whitening?
When imagining the 'perfect smile', one of the first qualities that jumps out at us is the colour of the teeth. Fortunately, not only is colour one of the most significant aspects of a smile, it is also one of the quickest and easiest to improve by means of a simple treatment that has been perfected over the course of many years: tooth whitening.
This aesthetic treatment is one of the few that yields 100% positive results, in absolutely all cases the shade of the tooth is lightened without deteriorating or damaging the health of the mouth. Ultimately, tooth whitening is a simple, safe and effective procedure that does not modify the tooth structure. This is key for most patients, who want to be sure that no tooth enamel is lost during the whitening process.
At Vélez y Lozano, we perform tooth whitening in Murcia that guarantees remarkable yet natural-looking results. Because the technique is applied directly to the tooth itself, the tooth will remain the same, but more youthful looking. The process is divided into two phases:
The first is carried out with the 'Zoom WhiteSpeed' tooth whitening lamp, which allows us to achieve that 'wow' effect in a single 60-minute session.
The second part is carried out at the patient’s own home, and involves a lower-concentration product that requires a treatment lasting around three weeks.
Benefits of tooth whitening
Improvements in the patient's life
- Higher self-esteem.
- Increased self-confidence.
- And more reasons to smile.
This results in improved social and professional relationships and a more positive attitude towards life.
Improvements to the tooth enamel itself
- A more youthful, attractive colour.
- Natural, pleasing tones.
- Doesn’t damage the tooth.
- You can eat and drink whatever you like.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will tooth whitening affect my teeth?
No, the tooth whitening performed by the professionals at Vélez y Lozano Dental Clinic in Murcia does not affect the enamel or health of your teeth.
How long does treatment at the clinic take?
The appointment lasts around 60 minutes. First a small cleaning procedure is performed, followed by the exclusive whitening protocol ZOOM WHITESPEED.
How long does the treatment at home take?
Approximately three weeks.
How long do the result last?
Between 2 and 5 years, depending on what you eat and drink, whether you smoke, etc. For optimal maintenance of the results, we recommend proper dental hygiene and regular visits to the clinic for cleaning and other types of enamel maintenance. Furthermore, the patient can give themselves a booster treatment every 6 to 12 months at home without impacting the health of their teeth.
Does it hurt?
No, bleaching is painless. Some patients experience slight sensitivity at the start or end of treatment, which subsides naturally and gradually. It is also easy to resolve by following a few recommendations at home, and it disappears just a few days after finishing the treatment.
Can I have my teeth whitened if they are hypersensitive?
Yes. There are products that alleviate this sensitivity and allow the treatment to be performed by the best specialists at Vélez y Lozano.
Can fillings, crowns or veneers be whitened?
No, only natural teeth can be whitened. If you have a lot of fillings or old crowns, ceramic veneers are the best option in your case.
I only have one discoloured tooth. Is it possible to even out the colour with this treatment?
In these cases it is usually necessary to perform internal dental bleaching, which is a different procedure that is normally carried out over two sessions at the clinic. Visit us and we will advise you on the best option for your case.
Can I have my teeth whitened if I’m pregnant?
It is advisable to wait until the end of the pregnancy, as this is a non-urgent treatment.
Are toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth effective?
Products with concentrations of less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide are harmless to health. That's why they are freely available, although they have practically no effect. Furthermore, whitening toothpastes often score very high on the RDA index, which means they are very abrasive to dentine. Therefore we do not recommend them.
Bleaching products with a carbamide peroxide concentration higher than 0.3% or with more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide may only be distributed by dentists, and must be supervised by specialists to avoid the risks of misuse.