Teeth Whitening by your Bournemouth Dentist
Get the Whiter Teeth and Healthier Smile You've Been Wanting
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to enhance your looks. Whether you want to add a sparkle to your everyday smile, for your wedding day, or perfect your look for business meetings, whitening is simple, safe and affordable. Many people say that they feel years younger after the treatment, having erased the effects of ageing, coffee, red wine and cigarettes. In fact teeth whitening can do far more than revitalise your smile – it can revitalise your self-image, your mannerisms and the impression that you make on others.
Pre-bleaching dental examination
Before the tooth whitening process you should have a full examination prior to beginning any whitening procedure to ensure that your oral health is good and all restorations are sound. This includes documenting the current shade of your teeth. We will identify any dental work that exists on those teeth you have chosen to whiten. It is imperative for you to realise that the shade of existing dental restorations will not lighten and could need to be replaced after the bleaching process. You will of course be informed of any such options.
Q: What causes yellow teeth?
There are numerous types of teeth stains; some are genetic, environmental or pharmacological in nature. The most common are surface stains on the enamel or beneath the enamel in the dentin. Surface stains are caused by foods, beverages and lifestyle behaviours, like smoking. Over time, surface stains may penetrate the enamel and change the colour of the dentin, which darkens the overall appearance of the tooth due to the translucency of the enamel layer. When this occurs, the tooth often appears yellow.
Whiten your way, on your time
Day White and Night White whitening gives you superior whitening results by utilising high-potency gels with custom-moulded trays specially made to fit your teeth. Day White and Night White kits offer different options to meet your needs. You will be matched with the treatment that fits your lifestyle to achieve your best results.
Q: How long should I wear my Whitening Trays?Day White: The Day White teeth whitening at home system is ideal for patients that clench their teeth or feel uncomfortable wearing overnight tooth bleaching trays. For optimal results, tooth whitening trays should be worn once a day for 1 hour. Night White: For patients who want to wake up with a whiter smile, or have a hectic schedule during the day, the Night White system requires teeth bleaching trays to be worn nightly while you sleep. Or, for a minimum of 4 hoursper day.
Q: How long will the whitening effects last?
The whitening effects that a person achieves can last somewhat indefinitely but in most cases a satisfactory shade change is found to last on the order of two to four years. Even though a person′s teeth have been whitened, natural lifestyle processes will continue to occur with agents such as coffee, tea, curry, and tobacco products and you can expect to perform touch up whitening treatments from time to time.
Once initially whitened it is typically an easy matter to retreat or ″touch up″ your teeth at that point in time when you feel they are needed.
Q: When won′t a tooth bleaching system work?
Some types of tooth discolouration are more resistant to lightening than others. Your dentist, as part of their initial examination, will need to determine the most likely cause of your tooth staining. Having done so they can then convey to you what type of whitening results they think can be achieved.
Attempting to bleach teeth to an unnatural level of whiteness can be expected to fail
Please don′t compare the colour of your teeth to those people featured in films, on TV, or in magazine advertisements. In fact, the shade of many models′ and actors′ teeth are unnatural. The extreme shade you see has either been achieved by a means other than by bleaching (such as by placing dental crowns or porcelain veneers) or else never existed at all and instead was created by doctoring a picture.
For a stunning, natural and healthy smile
Tooth whitening is only performed on those who have been clinically examined for dental health, fully informed of the possible risks, and have signed a consent form. Each person is an individual with individual needs and is treated as such; this is the same for any type of treatment.
Q: Does bleaching harm the teeth or gums?
Safety studies have shown that bleaching teeth using dentist prescribed home bleaching technique is perfectly safe on the teeth, cheeks, gum and tissue of the mouth. Bleaching the teeth with a dentist prescribed kit is equivalent to drinking one soda drink. The bleaching material has a ph, which is neutral.
There are problems with the bleaching kits which are purchased over the counter. Although they are inexpensive, they normally contain an acid rinse, which can damage the teeth or thin down the enamel of the teeth. This acid rinse can be extremely harmful to the teeth.
Q: How will my teeth feel?
Normally the teeth feel very clean after the bleaching procedure. The bleaching materials also have an indirect effect on the gums in helping them to heal or improving the health of the gums. This is how the technique was invented, as it was first used to heal gum irritation during orthodontic treatment.
The minimum age for tooth whitening is 18 years old.