Always wanted a whiter and brighter smile? Teeth whitening is a safe procedure that can lighten stained or discoloured teeth.
Tobacco, coffee, tea, alcohol, food additives, some developmental blemishes and natural aging all contribute to the discolouring and yellowing of teeth. While a professional dental clean can remove some staining, Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can provide patients with great results that whiten the colour of teeth which have discoloured over time. Teeth whitening, if maintained correctly, can leave patients with results that last. As teeth whitening agents have varying levels of peroxide in them, all procedures should only be carried out by qualified dentists who use a clinically proven cosmetic dental treatment.
What is involved in teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening procedures are typically carried out at home by the patient following a consultation with a dentist. Teeth whitening may not be appropriate for all patients, so before commencing any teeth whitening procedure it is best to discuss expected outcomes and time frames with a dentist.
Where appropriate, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to prepare a custom-made ultra thin mouth tray. The tray is used to hold the bleaching gel close to the teeth. Whitening gel is placed in the tray which is then worn for up to 2 hours a day. Results are usually seen within two weeks. Your dentist will advise you on how long to wear the tray both initially and for maintenance.
In some circumstances, teeth whitening procedures are provided in the dental chair by your dentist. Teeth whitening gel is placed on the teeth and the whitening process activated by use of a clinically proven ultraviolet light. Check with your local Dental Centre to see which procedures are available and most appropriate for you.
The cost of teeth whitening will vary depending on the type of procedure. Your Dentist will be able to provide you with a cost estimate prior to any treatment.
For more information on Teeth Whitening contact Gatley Park Dental.
Teeth whitening trays and gels:
Gatley Park Dental can provide you with teeth-whitening trays and gels that can be worn at home. These can be very effective, but results take longer to achieve than getting treatment done at our practice. We will take an impression of your teeth and give this to a dental technician, who will build a tray to the exact measurements of your mouth. We will check that the tray fits and demonstrate how to carry out the procedure at home.
The tray fits closely around the teeth, and is filled with a whitening gel. Depending on the strength of peroxide in the gel, these trays are usually worn for a couple of hours a day or overnight. Treatment can take anywhere from three days to a couple of weeks.
In market over-the-counter whitening kits are available, although we do not recommend using them as they use a generic sized tray, which could allow the bleaching agent to come into contact with your gums, causing irritation or any other side effects. Not only they are not made to fit your mouth exactly, it may also be the case that bleaching isn't suitable for you, especially if you have gum disease or crowns. Proceeding with the treatment in these circumstances could be harmful.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why are my teeth discoloured?
Teeth lose their natural colour for many reasons, but the main causes of teeth looking yellow are food and drink, oral hygiene and age. Drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, and certain fruits such as blueberries stain teeth quite badly. Smoking is another common culprit.
Can I have my teeth whitened if I have cavities or gum problems?
Before treatment you will always be seen by one of our dentists to make sure that having your teeth whitened is right for you. It is not a good idea to have your teeth whitened without treating existing dental problems because the whitening agent can aggravate any cavity or gum problems.
How long will my teeth stay white?
The treatment has a long term impact on lightening the colour of your teeth but they will not be immune to the same disclouring as they previously suffered. Stains build up on your teeth from everyday living.
Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and spicy foods can all dull your teeth's natural colour. To maintain the impact of the treatment it is advisable to brush your teeth more frequently.
Is teeth whitening painful?
It should be a painless process. However it has been known to cause teeth and gum sensitivity in some patients.
How does it work?
Dentist at Gatley Park Dental will first examine your teeth and gums for good oral health. Then we will discuss the best ways to achieve the results in the timeframe that you want. Depending on the type of system you decide upon we then schedule to provide you with all the information and timetable for treatment.
Is it safe and will it hurt?
As long as you have healthy teeth and gums it is perfectly safe. The primary ingredient in all gels is hydrogen peroxide, which has been safely used in teeth whitening for over 30 years and is recognised as an effective whitening product by the dental community.
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. It is best to avoid very hot or very cold drinks for the first 24 hours if there is any tooth sensitivity.
If any of these side effects continue you should contact us.
How white will my teeth become?
In clinical studies results will vary as your starting point may be different and everyone's teeth respond a little differently, but in virtually all cases, the results are dramatic. Ultimately, the goal will be to achieve your optimum, natural whiteness. During the consultation, our dentist will personally analyse your teeth and provide you with a customised recommendation. Even severe discoloration can be treated to yield great results. However, the more difficult cases can sometimes require a more lengthy treatment than our standard 20 minute treatment.
How long does it last?
The long-term results depend on the individual. Certain habits, such as the use of tobacco products, smoking, drinking a lot of coffee, tea, dark soft drinks, and infrequent visits to the dentist for regular cleanings, can work against the results. Regular professional care and maintaining oral hygine with good diet witness long term results. Some people prefer to repeat whitening treatment more frequently but we will advise you on the best way to optimise long term results.
You must not smoke during the whitening process. It is best to try to quit before you start to whiten your teeth.
Is this procedure for everyone?
Virtually anyone wanting to whiten his or her teeth can benefit from this treatment, including people with severe food, coffee, tobacco or tetracycline stains. Young adults from 16 years of age and older are good candidates for the procedure, especially for those that have heavy staining after orthodontic treatment is complete and their appliances are removed. We recommend that you not do this process while nursing or pregnant, receiving orthodontic treatment, or have extensive dental work, such as veneers or crown/bridges. These factors will be reviewed by our dentist at your initial consultation. The most ideal situation for Teeth Whitening is where there is not much wrong with your teeth except for the colour.
If you have old fillings, crowns or dental veneers, these will not change colour but can easily be replaced to match your whitened teeth and create a fantastic smile transformation. Our dentist will carry out a full oral assessment before helping you decide on the final options.
Can a single dark tooth be whitened?
This depends upon the cause of the dark colour, which can include a dead nerve, discoloured fillings, veneers or crowns. Our dentist will determine the cause and advise you of the correct treatment.
Is there anything else I should know?
Some patients may experience sensitivity from hot and cold drinks after treatment. If you are considering Teeth Whitening, please ask our dentist for further information about risks, benefits and suitability.
What if I have white fillings on teeth?
If you have white fillings in the front teeth that match the existing shade of your teeth before treatment, they may not match the teeth afterwards. This is because the technique lightens the teeth but cannot lighten fillings. When the desired colour has been reached, our dentist can replace these fillings with a lighter shade of filling material to match the new shade of your teeth at an additional cost.
What do I do if I have any sensitivity?
Sensitivity of the teeth is the most common side effect of home whitening. This usually occurs around the neck of the teeth where the gums have receded. If you experience any sensitivity you should stop whitening for a few days, and then resume the treatment. If you are concerned, please contact our dentist.
What about whitening toothpastes?
There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining. Therefore, they may improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Whitening toothpastes may also help the effect to last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened.
Don′t shy away from your smile any longer – take action and restore your smile′s youthful luster. To arrange a consultation regarding our teeth whitening options, contact Gatley Park Dental today. Our team can help you realise your dream of having a beautiful, bright white smile.
TEETH WHITENING BLOGS
Blog: Teeth Whitening Myths
Myth-1: Teeth Whitening makes teeth sensitive:
After the process of teeth whitening at dental clinic few patients may feel sensation to hot and cold for about a week's time. The sensation is not permanent and goes away naturally after few days or weeks.
Myth-2: Harms the enamel:
Teeth whitening treatments performed by a qualified dentist are absolutely safe and do not harm the tooth enamel. However some over-the-counter whitening products can damage enamel if they contain strong chemicals which can damage health of teeth enamel and gums.
Using peroxide to whiten teeth is very effective and safe. It has been used since more than 30 years. During this period many advancements have taken place, making the bleaching gel absolutely safe in terms of change or damage to the structure of teeth.
Myth-3: It is painful:
Teeth Whitening treatment is 100% painless. However if the bleaching agent comes in contact with gums, it may cause discomfort. Gel is applied on gums which act as a barrier and prevents bleaching agent touching the gum.
In exceptional cases some patients may experience a minor ache till few hours after the treatment. Taking over-the-counter pain medication can help resolve this discomfort.
Myth-4: It requires multiple visits to the dentist over the months:
With the help of technology your teeth can be brighten up to 8 shades within an hour's time. Only in some cases where results are not as desired, you may have to undergo for another session of teeth whitening treatment. However in most cases desired results are achieved within an hour's time.
Myth-5: You won't have cavities after teeth whitening:
Although the whitening process makes teeth look and feel healthy, bleach doesn't resolve tooth decay. You will still need to have cavities filled to keep the decay from reaching the inside of your tooth. Your dentist will usually fill the cavities first, and then schedule the whitening appointment.
Myth-6: You don't need oral care after teeth whitening:
Sorry, but No. Whitening does not disrupt bacteria colonies or remove plaque from your teeth. You must continue brushing and flossing your teeth two to three times a day to prevent the accumulation of plaque. Your dentist should perform a thorough cleaning session once every six to twelve months.
Myth-7: Results last for decades:
Sadly, not true. Your dental care and type of food and drinks you consume directly influences how long your teeth stay bright. Smoking and age also impact the color of your teeth.
If you have any unanswered questions talk to our dentist. Call us at 0161 428 3484.
Blog: The Teeth Whitening Diet
An apple a day keeps gum bacteria at bay. Their crisp texture and high water content increases saliva, washing away harmful bacteria that creates plaque and leads to discoloration over time. Its crunchiness, much like carrots, serves as a natural toothbrush. The malic acid, which is found in most teeth whitening products such as toothpaste, can also be found in apples, acting as a natural teeth whitening agent.
Cheese is rich in protein, calcium, and phosphorus, all of which can help buffer the acids in your mouth. Calcium and phosphorus also assist in the re-mineralisation or repairing of your teeth. If you eat hard cheeses, they can provide you with a natural tooth scrub, so go ahead and indulge yourself! Enjoy reduced fat cheese to minimise heart-unhealthy saturated fat in your diet.
Despite its bright red color, the chief component of strawberries - malic acid is a natural emulsifier that helps remove surface stains and plaque. Also, strawberries encourage saliva production. Strawberries might stain your shirt, but you should try mashing them up and rubbing them on your teeth. After five minutes, rinse it with water and you'll see the difference after a couple of tries!
Nuts such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, and sesame seeds stimulates saliva which can help wash away bacteria. They act like a scrub brush on your teeth, removing plaque and stains. Because of their protein content, nuts protect our teeth and keep them strong.
Raw vegetables acts like a toothbrush during meals. Vegetables that are high in fiber such as broccoli are good for keeping down inflammation of the gums. Because raw vegetables are difficult to chew, they increase saliva production and polishes teeth for a natural surface clean.
Onion and Garlic
Onions do not work well for your breath, but they contain antibacterial sulfur compounds that prevent plaque from forming on your teeth. And their lingering flavor helps whiten teeth in an indirect way: You're more likely to brush your teeth after eating them. You should consume raw onion to reap the anti-plaque benefit, so include them on sandwiches and in salads whenever you can. Garlic also contains these sulfur compounds.
Citrus fruits like grapefruits, lime, lemon and oranges help rinse your teeth naturally as you eat. Their tart taste enhances saliva production for a natural rinse and polish. The acids found in citrus fruits are effective teeth whiteners.
Pineapples can help whiten teeth. Pineapple is the only food that contains bromelain, which acts as a naturally stain remover and holds anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain also helps break up plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that accumulates on your teeth.
Sugar-free chewing gum
Chewing sugarless gums acts as remover of food and dead cells from teeth, gums and tounge. Not just that, it promotes production of salvia.
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