Teeth whitening is a simple yet effective way of lightening the colour of your teeth. Staining on our teeth is caused by diet, the foods and drinks we consume all play a part in this. In addition to this tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can also contribute to the discolouration, also along with general aging of the teeth. Teeth whitening can help remove these stains.
Patients who suffer from tooth decay and gum related problems are advised to seek treatment prior to having any whitening.
At Healthy Smile Dental we offer a range of whitening treatments including:
- Enlighten Evolution Teeth Whitening (Combination)
- Home Teeth Whitening
Enlighten EvolutionTeeth Whitening:
This uses a special patented whitening gel which is made from a gentle nature of materials, these materials are therefore unlikely to cause individuals sensitivity during the whitening process. It can also be used to treat severe and mild cases of teeth discolouration. This allows Enlighten to be the ideal solution for a wide range of people.
Home Teeth Whitening:
Home whitening involves creating a custom made mouth tray, this is done within the surgery by taking an impression of your teeth and is sent off to the laboratory technician who will construct the tray, the whitening gel is then placed in the tray which you then where for short periods during the day or overnight whilst you are asleep.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT IS TOOTH WHITENING?
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it will lighten the existing shade.
WHY WOULD I NEED MY TEETH WHITENED?
Teeth can be discoloured by many reasons these can include; drinking tea, coffee, red wine or other food and drink with strong colourings. Another major factor in tooth discolouration is smoking this can make teeth appear yellowed it also increases tooth decay which can add to the colour. Teeth have blood vessels and nerves inside them and if these become damaged the tooth may become darker, other fillings and tar build up can also contribute.
ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO TOOTH WHITENING?
There are a couple of other options for whitening these include Scale and polish, or air abrasion. This will only remove surface staining.
Veneers and crowns. This involves shaving of tooth enamel but can change shape as well as colour of smile.
TOOTH WHITENING AWARENESS
Tooth sensitivity may develop after treatment and will normally resolve within 24 hours.
Temporary inflammation or white spots on your gum or lips may be caused by the whitening procedure. These can cause short lived discomfort which resolves within a few hours.
Porcelain restorations such as crowns or veneers as well as white fillings will not change colour and may need to be replaced after the whitening procedure.
Avoid tobacco, tea, coffee and teeth staining foods such as tomato paste, food colourants and deeply coloured toothpastes and mouthwashes for 2 days after the whitening procedure.
Proper oral hygiene must be maintained including regular visits to hygienist in order to maintain optimum whiteness of the teeth.
Keep your recall appointments with your dentist.
There are no guarantees to the degree of tooth whitening. The amount of teeth whitening depends on the individual and the reason for discolouration.
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