Teeth Whitening

All You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

As a dentist in Glasgow who deals in general and cosmetic dentistry, one of the treatments we’re asked most for is teeth whitening, particularly at this time of year when patients want a gleaming smile to match their summer tan. Getting your teeth whitened is a fairly straightforward process and is a quick and easy way to give your smile a lift. There are various ways of whitening teeth which include bleaching, home whitening kits, and power whitening. We’re going to take a look at what teeth whitening involves and things to consider before, during, and after your treatment.

Why consider teeth whitening?

teeth whitening GlasgowTeeth naturally darken with age and get stained due to our love of drinks like coffee and red wine. People mostly want to get their teeth whitened to improve the appearance of their smile particularly if they have a special occasion looming ahead such as a wedding or graduation. Teeth whitening is also a great confidence booster and will have you walking around with a smile on your face most of the time.

We would highly recommend that you visit your dentist in Glasgow prior to undergoing any type of teeth whitening to ascertain that it’s safe for you to go ahead. For example, it’s not recommended to undergo teeth whitening if you have gum disease or decaying teeth. Also be aware that fillings and crowns will not bleach.

What’s involved in teeth whitening?

Treatment for teeth whitening varies depending on the procedure you choose.

Power whitening – This is a bleaching process carried out by your dentist in Glasgow. A barrier is applied to your lips and mouth and then whitening gel is placed over your teeth and this is then activated with a special lamp to speed up the whitening process. In most cases the entire treatment takes around an hour and will whiten your teeth by several shades.

Home whitening kits – These can be purchased from your chemist but we would recommend that you use the home whitening kit that your dentist can supply. This kit consists of custom made trays which provide a snug fit over your teeth. These are filled with whitening gel and left in the mouth for a few hours every day or worn over night. Generally the desired result takes 2 to 3 weeks. It’s important that the trays fit closely to the teeth so that bleach can’t escape and damage your gums and this isn’t normally the case with over the counter kits that contain ‘one size fits all’ trays.

What about after whitening?

How long your teeth remain looking white depends on how you care for them once they have been whitened. Cutting down on the foods and drink that stained them in the first place is always a good idea, and stopping smoking is essential. Other easy things you can do include:

  • Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste once in the morning and last thing at night
  • Visiting your Glasgow dentistevery six months for a check-up

If you’re nearing the end of Glasgow orthodontics treatment you may also want to consider tooth whitening to show off that beautiful new smile to good effect. For whatever reason you’re considering teeth whitening, we can assist. Call Botanics Dental Care today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment, find out more about the process, and see if it is for you. You can also get in touch online at our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk.

Professional Tooth Whitening – Things To Know

Smiling makes the world a happier place and there’s no doubting that a bright attractive smile is way more appealing than one in which teeth look stained and yellowish. Many people turn to teeth whitening treatments in order to achieve a dazzling smile, but this isn’t always necessary. Often teeth can accumulate superficial stains which make them look dirty, usually through the foods or drinks that we eat, and in many cases these can be removed by visiting your Glasgow dentist for a ‘clean and scrape’. If, however, your teeth are clean but still look dingy, then a professional tooth whitening treatment could be the solution. Before you head off to your dentist to get one, let’s take a look at a few facts that you should be aware of.

  • Glasgow dentistChemical process – Tooth whitening is basically a chemical process which usually uses hydrogen peroxide to bleach the teeth. This can be done at the dental clinic or with a home whitening kit that your dentist can provide, or over the counter products from a chemist.
  • Express or slow – Depending on the type of treatment you opt for (at the clinic or at home) a whitening treatment can be carried out by your dentist in your lunch hour or may take several weeks of treatment at home before you achieve your desired shade of teeth.
  • Very few side effects – If done by a dentist in Glasgow and carried out correctly, any side effects should be minimal. Your teeth may feel a little sensitive and this can last for an hour to two or three days before returning to normal. Sometimes your gums may feel a little irritated if any of the bleaching agent has inadvertently got into contact with your gums.
  • Not a permanent treatment – Tooth whitening is not permanent and can last anywhere from six months to a year. Often your dentist can provide you with touch up kits to use at home, enabling you to keep a long lasting white smile.
  • After care – In order to keep that white smile lasting longer you may need to reduce your intake of food and drinks which stain your teeth, such as coffee, tea, red wine and curries. It also helps to reduce or quit smoking.
  • Not all teeth will whiten – Sometimes the enamel on a person’s teeth may be malformed. This could have occurred as they grew up or be caused by too much fluoride during childhood which caused their teeth to discolour. In cases such as these bleaching will not work and they many need to seek another option such as veneers or crowns.
  • Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening – Your Glasgow dentist may tell you that teeth whitening is not recommend for the following reasons: You’re pregnant or breast feeding; You’re a teenager or younger; you have crowns or other bonded restorations on the front of your teeth which won’t whiten; you are allergic to peroxides; and finally your dental health is poor and you have gum disease and cavities which must be treated first of all.

If you’re looking to raise your confidence levels by getting your teeth whitened than why not get in touch with Botanics Dental Care. As a cosmetic dentist, tooth whitening is one of our most popular treatments. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book your appointment or visit our website at www.botanicsdentalcare.co.uk for more information.

Teeth Whitening at Botanics Dental Care

I often hear the same questions from different patients when they enquire about tooth whitening. There’s usually a wide variation in how much people already know and quite often misinformation has been gained from one source or another. In this article I hope to give everyone the information they need to decide whether tooth whitening is suitable for them or not.

Q. Do all dark teeth need whitening to improve their appearance?

A. There are two types of discolouration that can affect teeth – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic is caused by smoking, tea, coffee, red wine, curries and darker foods. Intrinsic is the natural colour of the teeth. This gradually darkens due to changes within the dentine of the tooth over time as we get older. Extrinsic staining can be removed during visits with the hygienist, so you may be delighted with the change at that time and decide whitening is unnecessary for you. Intrinsic staining will only be changed by whitening.

Q. What methods of tooth whitening are available?

A. Here at Botanics Dental Care we use an “at home method”.

Impressions are taken of your teeth and special “whitening trays” are made to fit over them. A mild peroxide gel is given to the patient to place in the trays which are then inserted over the teeth either for a couple of hours or overnight. The whole process takes approximately two to three weeks.

Q. How does tooth whitening work?

A. A gel containing a type of peroxide is placed on the tooth surface. Oxygen is released from the gel and penetrates the enamel, bleaching the dentine underneath.
Q. Does it hurt?

A. Some sensitivity can occur with whitening. We construct your whitening trays beforehand and always recommend that you use a desensitising agent provided by us for at least a week prior to whitening. This greatly reduces the incidence of sensitivity. If you still suffer from sensitivity, it is usually short-lived (about 24 hours) and can be controlled with painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Q. How white will my teeth go?

A. Results vary from person to person, but we expect a change of at least two shades on a dental shade guide. Shade B1 is the lightest shade on a standard dental shade but quite often we can achieve even lighter shades – because of this the shade guide manufacturer’s have had to extend their range!

Q. Will it damage my teeth?

A. It has approximately the same effect as drinking one can of cola spread out over a month. So you can see, there is an effect, but it is minimal.

Q. I have crowns / veneers / fillings at the front of my mouth. Will whitening change the colour of them?

A. Whitening only affects natural teeth and any restorations will remain unchanged. This may mean that following whitening you may prefer to replace those restorations to improve their appearance. We can advise you beforehand if that will be likely. If your teeth are heavily filled or have crowns or veneers, it may be better to achieve your desired change in appearance by replacing them completely. Again, we can advise you at your consultation.

Q. Is whitening safe?

A. Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact whitening is one of the safest cosmetic dental procedures available. As with many medical procedures, whitening is not recommended for children under 18 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. The at home whitening system costs £350 privately, £297.50 to members of our Patient Membership Scheme who receive a 15% discount.

So, if you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening, now is the time to act!