There are many methods, techniques and types of teeth whitening available these days. From simple things such as teeth whitening toothpastes (they don’t actually whiten teeth!) to a variety of tray teeth whitening products (Pola night and day) and then onto more intensive tooth whitening services such as Zoom and Enlighten teeth whitening.
You can choose to do at home whitening with specialist whitening trays you can buy from your dental professional. There is also a faster teeth whitening procedure can be carried out in the practice. The latest procedure for whitening your teeth is the laser/ power whitening|technique carried out in the dental chair.
The only real side effects of any or all the teeth whitening systems is the possible temporary sensitivity during the whitening process- as long as your oral health is good enough to begin with.
A whitening gel is used in conjunction with a blue LED activating light lamp. The bleaching gel that is translucent will be applied to your teeth. The gel is infused with crystals and the LED light will be utilised in order to activate those crystals. They in turn absorb the energy from the light in order to penetrate into the enamel to amplify the whitening process and overall the teeth whitening effect.
Often your regular dental practitioner does not perform or have access to all the teeth whitening systems. A cosmetically focused dental practice generally carry out all the different teeth whitening procedures.
Typically it takes just a single visit at a dental practice to firstly assess your oral health by a dental professional in order to plan and discuss the options available and what would be the best way forwards for you and the colour of your teeth. Some people are looking to just lift the colour gently and carefully to take a few years of discolouration off, while others are looking to achieve that bright white Hollywood smile.
A dazzling white smile is the very best benefit to having teeth whitening undertaken. When you smile, having pearly white teeth will give you more self-confidence and you won’t feel the need to hide your teeth.
One advantage to the laser teeth whitening treatment is the immediate outcome which can be significant and you will see an instant difference in the colour of your teeth. Though this does vary dependent on your natural tooth shading- A/B’s are much more responsive to this type of whitening than C/D’s who are much better with the tray techniques overall or Enlighten whitening.
The teeth whitening treatment cannot perform miracles so if your teeth are very discoloured and stained due to smoking, tea and coffee or cola drinks, you can feel confident that they will end up being white brighter but more time and effort will be required.
There is no set standard in the field of cosmetic dentistry for identifying the colour of your teeth but one the one consistent standard that dental professionals typically use is called the Vita shade guide. There are 4 varieties of colour shade in the Vita guide and they are:
A- a reddish brown shade
B- this is a shade of reddish yellow
C- just grey is in this shade range
D- the final shade range is reddish grey
When it comes to the A shade group there are 5 different levels of darkness. For B, C, and D ranges, there are just 4 different levels of darkness.
When you have a consultation with a cosmetic dentist they will go over your expectations of the teeth whitening. No matter what teeth bleaching treatment you decide upon, the outcome for one person will not be the exact same for the next. How your teeth are structured and the amount of dental work you have had before along with the teeth whitening procedure you choose will directly affect the end results. Teeth whitening does not work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.
Another consideration is that not all of your teeth will start nor finish at the exact same colour. Canine/ eye teeth are typically the darkest of the teeth and your front teeth are frequently the whitest. Molars are usually in between the brightest and the darkest of your teeth. The health of your teeth and the amount of previous dental work you have had (especially on the front six teeth), as well as the teeth whitening procedure you choose will directly affect the end results.
Teeth will respond equally to the teeth whitening gel and so will still have the natural shade variations within them, though the difference reduces as the shade of the teeth lightens.
The goal for anybody having a teeth whitening procedure is to have their teeth looking as bright as possible while also looking natural. If you wish to achieve a much more media style blanket white uniform type shading then the teeth will need further treatment such as composite bonding or dental veneers using composite or porcelain.
As usual long term maintenance of your dental health is the key with good day to day oral hygiene and regular hygienist appointments will keep your teeth whitening sparkle for longer by removing stains from the surface of the teeth from tea/coffee/ red wine/smoking etc. Over a period of time the brightness will reduce (on average 1-2 shades over 12-18 months dependent on each individuals diet and hygiene care). Though if you look after your gel trays you can top up and maintain a stable shade with 1 or 2 sessions every 3-6 months to keep that gleaming shine.
IF YOU HAVE STAINED TEETH…….
If you have any concerns or issues with regards to missing teeth, loose teeth or dentures
and are looking at the potential solution of dental implant treatment then please get in touch.
Implants are a very predictable treatment option. They have good long term success rates but require regular care and maintenance to ensure they remain healthy for as long as possible.
Implants are generally placed under local anaesthetic. Once numb treatment is carried out with the very minimum of discomfort.
No, your dentist will show you how to clean any hard to reach areas around the implant. But you’ll mostly clean them as you would your normal teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a long term solution to your gap(s). They require less frequent replacement than other solutions such as dentures or bridgework, making them an overall cost-effective solution to replace a missing tooth (teeth).
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