Want to know how to get a whiter smile? Here are the teeth whitening methods we recommend.
July 18, 2016
According to research 45% of 18-24 year olds in the UK consider whiter teeth as the most desirable cosmetic dentistry treatment. If you are considering whitening your teeth, make sure you do so with a qualified and registered dentist.
Teeth Whitening Myths
It is often said that household purchases such as baking soda, strawberries and lemons can whiten your teeth. Baking Soda will in fact have little to no effect on the shade of your teeth but can disrupt the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the mouth. Strawberries and lemons will give you whiter teeth BUT as they are acidic foods they can cause the tooth enamel to erode. This damage to the tooth is permanent and may lead to a number of problems further down the line.
We offer a variety of ways to safely solve your worries concerning discoloured teeth and are happy to advise you on which treatment would be best suited for you.
Air flow stain removal
If your teeth have plaque build-up or are stained, then air flow could be the treatment for you. Using a stream of fine particles and compressed air, air flow can remove plaque build-up and staining. The particles used contain aluminium oxide which are gentle on the tooth surface but remain effective at removing stains.
Professional teeth whitening treatment
If your teeth are straight and in good condition but discoloured, then a professional teeth whitening kit is best suited to you. We were named the UK’s leading provider of Boutique Teeth Whitening in 2015 and are proud to supply this treatment in our practice. The treatment can be used at home and could give you whiter teeth in 2 – 4 weeks.
If your teeth are uneven in colour, shape, size or position then porcelain veneers may be the treatment for you. They are made by bonding a wafer thin layer of porcelain to the front of the tooth surface, completely covering it. The veneers can be used on a single tooth (with professional whitening perhaps on the adjacent teeth) or on multiple teeth in a smile.
Many celebrities, such as Morgan Freeman and Cheryl, have had veneers to whiter and straighten their smiles.
Veneers can also be used if the teeth have failed to respond to previous whitening treatment.
Composite veneers are a more conservative type of veneer. Like porcelain veneers, they can be used to change to colour, shape, size and position of your teeth. An advanced white, filling material, or composite, is bonded directly to the tooth surface and sets within a matter of seconds, giving an immediate difference to your smile.
Normally no preparation of the teeth is required for this kind of treatment and hence it is more conservative than porcelain veneers, which may require an amount of preparation work.
Replacing old and worn fillings
Old and worn fillings can cause teeth to look discoloured. Composite bonding can be used to replace these discoloured fillings.
To book a free consultation and discuss the best teeth whitening option for you, call 01904 639667.
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