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Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a conservative and effective technique to giving you a WOW! smile. A beautiful, bright smile always compliments your looks and gives you more confidence.

Bleaching always works, but some teeth need more bleaching than other teeth.

When I look at teeth, I categorize them as either yellow or grey shades ( I refer to the undertone of the tooth). The yellow shades usually bleach really well whereas the grey shades need a lot more effort.

Be aware that stains and opacities in teeth do not disappear with bleaching and in some cases can become more highlighted. The reason for this is that bleach lightens the colour of dentin thus making the tooth look “brighter from within”

There is either power bleaching (done in-surgery) or home bleaching. They both work really well  but for long term results a take home kit is required for 8-12 weekly top-ups.

Power bleaching appeals to patients, but to be really effective, a home course initially to pre-treat the teeth followed by in-surgery bleaching yields great results. Patients in the grey shade category should only persevere with home bleaching and results will be achieved after prolonged use.

 

Will bleaching harm my teeth?

The answer is NO!

But it can cause chemical burns to the gums if they are not isolated adequately. It can also make teeth a little more sensitive during the bleaching phase.

Teeth with active caries are exposed and should not be bleached until dental treatment has been completed.

Traditional power bleaching was banned in November 2012 in the UK and has been relaunched at a lower concentration. Sadly, there were a lot of unlicensed people carrying out bleaching procedures and as a result, there were a few mishaps resulting in a ban of bleaching products over a certain strength.         Thankfully, unlicensed persons are now banned from carrying out dental bleaching and the supply of bleaching products are more regulated in order to keep an effective procedure safe for you.

Make sure that the person you allow to whiten your teeth is registered with the General Dental Council and that they are practicing as either a Dentist, a Dental Therapist or a Dental Hygienist.

 

The Best Alternative To Natural Teeth

Dental Implants are artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. They are essentially small titanium screws which are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw bone.

Over time the Implant fuses to your jawbone and serves as a base for replacing individual teeth.

Your bone will fuse with the Dental Implant and the Implant will act as a normal tooth root, supporting a Crown, Bridge, full or partial Dentures.

When natural teeth are removed, many problems can occur.

The remaining teeth may shift, rotate and become crooked. An improper bite may develop, making it very difficult to chew food properly. Spaces and gaps between teeth may cause embarrassment, problems with speech, and lack of self-esteem.