Most people experience some degree of discolouration on their teeth at some point in their lives — whether caused by food stains, smoking, or ageing, stains are a common dental issue.
If you’d like a brighter, more radiant smile, why not try professional whitening? Although there are a number of teeth whitening techniques currently available, many methods, unfortunately, cause some discomfort and sensitivity. The good news? Dental on Clarke offers a treatment that is gentle on the teeth and gums. That means less pain and more effective results.
What causes discolouration?
Discolouration and staining occur as a result of large, dark molecules attaching to the teeth. Dark drinks such as red wine, cola, tea and coffee can stain teeth, while smoking can also contribute significantly to discolouration. The condition can also occur as a natural part of the ageing process. When the enamel on the teeth becomes thinner with time, the yellowing or darkened dentine below starts to show through. Whitening techniques are most effective on stains that affect the surface of the tooth.
How does whitening work?
There are a wide variety of whitening techniques available, ranging from over-the-counter formulas to professional treatments administered by your dentist. Generally, these teeth whitening techniques work by making use of a chemical known as hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide works by dissolving the large, dark molecules on the teeth, transforming them into smaller, whiter particles. Many popular express teeth whitening methods, however, can cause pain and sensitivity in the teeth and gums.
At Dental on Clarke, we use a technique that is very gentle. The method produces highly effective results without causing pain and discomfort. While it’s important to us that the process leaves you with a beautiful, white smile, we also want you to remain comfortable throughout the treatment. During the process, we will begin by taking an impression of your mouth. The impression is then used to create special whitening trays, which are customised to fit your mouth. We will then explain to you how to use your teeth whitening trays at home, along with a tooth whitening gel and specially formulated toothpaste that aid the process.
How long does it take?
The time it takes to whiten your teeth will depend on your unique circumstances, as well as the particular shade of white you aim to achieve. We will advise you on the best treatment plan for your needs. Your teeth whitening kit will typically be used overnight, or for a set period of time during the day, depending on your lifestyle. It’s a good idea to avoid dark coloured foods and drinks while you are using your tooth whitening kit — try and stay away from red wine, coffee, fizzy drinks and soy sauce for the best results.
What do I need to know before the process begins?
It’s important to note that this whitening technique does not work effectively on fillings, crowns and veneers. Also, certain dental issues can affect the results of the treatment — cavities, for example, should be treated before your teeth are professionally whitened. In some cases, tooth decay and receding gums may feel sensitive during treatment. Good oral hygiene and thorough cleaning will help to keep the results of the whitening technique intact for longer. Side-effects of our whitening technique are extremely rare and are suitable for most patients. The treatment is convenient and fuss-free.
Are you interested in trying out this whitening technique for yourself? Chat with your dentist to find out if it’s the best option for you. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here.