Teeth Whitening Bury, Prestwich, Manchester
As we get older our teeth naturally start to discolour. There are a number of reasons for this- genetics, poor oral hygiene, accidents and medication can all contribute. It can also be greatly enhanced by our lifestyle. For example smoking and consuming dark coloured drinks like coffee, coke, red wine and rum or foods such as berries and brightly coloured sauces can all increase the discolouration process.
Tooth whitening helps to remove these stains from inside and outside of your teeth. At Oakley Dental we offer a number of products to help whiten your teeth quickly, comfortably and safely. Treatments can be done either in surgery or in the comfort of your own home.
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Before Teeth Whitening
After Teeth Whitening
Who can perform tooth whitening?
Only registered dentists, dental therapists and dental hygienists working to the prescription of a dentist, can perform tooth whitening. You can check to see whether someone is registered by going to the General Dental Council website. It is actually illegal to perform tooth whitening without being GDC registered (even if the practitioner insists they are fully insured) and you should avoid anyone who isn’t registered as they could damage your teeth and/or overall oral health. Regulations are in place to ensure all practitioners are properly trained and to help keep the public safe.
How does tooth whitening work?
Teeth are most commonly whitened with the use of professional gel although your Dentist will discuss which method of tooth whitening is best for you.
The most common type of whitening is called ‘dentist-supervised home whitening’. This involves the use of trays that are specially made to fit into your mouth like gum-shields. The whitening gel is then put in the trays. Your Dentist will give you a plan which you will need to follow at home in order to provide the best results.
Another option is ‘chair-side whitening’ which will be done in surgery and will be supervised by your Dentist. Your dentist, hygienist or therapist will put a rubber shield or a gel on your gums to protect them and will then apply the whitening product directly to your teeth using a specially made tray.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the whitening product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and dentine of the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
How long does the procedure take?
Generally the length of time treatment will take depends on your desired shade and how discoloured your teeth are to start with. Home whitening can take 2-4 weeks once initially started by your dentist in the surgery while in-surgery power whitening treatments can be done in 1-2 hours.
How long does tooth whitening last?
This depends on your general lifestyle and varies from person to person. Effects can last for up to 3 years but will be significantly less if you smoke or regularly eat and drink products that might stain your teeth. You can help to keep teeth whiter by regularly brushing them twice a day, cutting down on foods that might stain your teeth and visiting your dentist on a regular basis.
Are there any side effects?
Some people can find that their teeth feel more sensitive to cold during treatment. Others may find that their gums become slightly uncomfortable. These symptoms are usually short-lived and stop after treatment is finished. If symptoms do continue then speak to your Dentist.
Does whitening work on all teeth?
Tooth whitening only works on natural teeth so cannot be used on false teeth such as dentures, crowns or veneers. Dead teeth (such as those with root fillings) which may have become discoloured over time can be whitened from inside.
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