Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The food and drinks we consume stain our teeth. Smoking also affects the colour of your teeth. Teeth whitening can help remove these stains.
In addition to this, tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can contribute to tooth discolouration, along with general ageing of teeth in later life. Patients who suffer from tooth decay and gum problems are advised to have their teeth treated first before having any teeth whitening treatment.
At The West Horsley Dental Practice we offer a range of treatments including:
- Enlighten Evolution Whitening (Combination)
- Home Whitening
Enlighten teeth whitening uses a special patented whitening gel. The gentle nature of the materials used to create Enlighten whitening treatment means that it is unlikely that individuals will have very sensitive teeth. It can also be used to treat severe and mild cases of teeth discolouration, which means it could be the ideal solution for a wide range of people.
Home Whitening involves creating a custom made mouth tray. A whitening gel is placed in the tray which you then wear for short periods during the day or while you are asleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change; but it will lighten the existing shade.
Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are many reasons why your teeth can become discoloured. This can include drinking tea, coffee, red wine or other food and drink with strong colourings. Another major cause is smoking, which can make the teeth appear yellowed. As you grow older your teeth can become darker naturally. Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can also contribute to discolouration. Teeth have nerves and blood vessels inside them. If these nerves and blood vessels are damaged the tooth may become darker (this can happen because of decay, or if the teeth are knocked).
Alternatives to tooth whitening?
Scale and polish, or air abrasion. This will only remove surface staining.
Veneers and crowns. This involves shaving of tooth enamel but can change shape as well as colour of smile.
Tooth whitening awareness
Transient tooth sensitivity may develop after treatment and will normally resolve within 24 hours.
Temporary inflammation or white spots on your gum or lips may be caused by the whitening procedure. These can cause short lived discomfort which resolves within a few hours.
Porcelain restorations such as crowns or veneers as well as white fillings will not change colour and may need to be replaced after the whitening procedure.
Avoid tobacco, tea, coffee and teeth staining foods such as tomato paste, food colourants and deeply coloured toothpastes and mouthwashes for 2 days after the whitening procedure.
Proper oral hygiene must be maintained including regular visits to hygienist in order to maintain optimum whiteness of the teeth.
Keep your recall appointments with your dentist.
There are no guarantees to the degree of tooth whitening.
The amount of teeth whitening depends on the individual and the reason for discolouration.