Teeth whitening is carried out for Weddings, Photo Shoots, New Relationships, Work reasons or just because you want to improve your smile.
Why do our teeth discolour?
Our teeth discolour for a number of reasons including our diet, the food and drink we intake, our oral hygiene and our social life style. Some of the common examples leading to discolouration of teeth are listed below:
Diet- Drinks with strong artificial colourings such as tea, coffee, red wine and sweetened drinks
Smoking – The tar from smoking causes teeth to turn brownish or yellow
Tooth decay, tartar or metal fillings can also cause teeth to discolour
Trauma- Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside them and if damaged, they can cause the teeth to change in colour
Medication- medication, specifically some antibiotics can cause the tooth to discolour over time. Children who take medication from an early age sometimes experience as they get older.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Under the supervision of a dentist and other clinical staff, whitening your teeth is completely safe. The special whitening gel includes carbamide peroxide as the primary ingredient to brighten your smile and is readily used by millions of people worldwide.
How long does it take to get teeth white?
This will be dependent upon which of the two systems you decide to use. The in house system offered at the practice will generate results almost instantly. However, the home teeth whitening system may take a longer time to get the results you desire but will differ from individual to individual. Our staff would be able to give you some further indication during a free consultation. To obtain the optimum natural whiteness of your teeth, we recommend that you opt for using both systems, the in house system and the home kits. Let our expert teeth whitening team restore that beautiful and natural looking smile that you desire.
How does home teeth whitening system work?
First of all, an impression is taken of your teeth so that custom-made trays can be built for your individual bleaching procedure. A special whitening gel is then placed within these comfortable trays and fitted over your teeth. The guard is usually worn overnight. As the carbamide peroxide in the gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine of your teeth to give a bright, whitening effect by bleaching out discolouration. The structure of your teeth is not changed by whitening, they are simply made whiter.
Which in house system do you use?
We have researched the various teeth whitening systems available on the market today to ensure that we offer our patients the best teeth-whitening product in terms of results and safety. We have chosen to use the Enlighten whitening system, in house as it guarantess to give the best whitening results.
How does it work?
In house Enlighten whitening undertaken by our dentist involves a power or lazer treatment directed on to your teeth. It is one of the simplest methods of improving your smile. The whole process to complete both upper and lower teeth takes approximately one and a half hours. One of the many benefits of Enlighten Teeth whitening is that your teeth become white by up to 9+ shades.
Are there any side effects of teeth whitening?
Side effects are unlikely, although a small number of people could experience increased sensitivity to heat or cold during the whitening process. But this is only temporary and can usually be treated with paracetamol or another pain relief product. Usually, this sensitivity disappears within 48 hours of the whitening process. Teeth whitening when prescribed by a dentist is a very reliable, safe and effective method of brightening your smile and harmless to the teeth.
How long does whitening last for?
The results can be permanent although the duration of your whitening procedure does depend largely upon you. if you practice good oral hygiene and brush normally, especially after consuming staining foods or beverages your results could last for years. However, if you use coffee, tobacco and red wine on a regular basis, you may need periodic top up treatments of either of the systems available.
Surprising to many, the natural colour of our teeth is not white. They are typically a shade of either yellow or grey, and also varies upon person to person and different ages.
The process to get teeth whiter is relatively straight forward but there are certain things that a patient has to do in order to help to maintain them as mentioned below.