A white bright smile can be a confidence booster and a great way to get noticed.
If you are self-conscious about the shade of your teeth or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and recommended option for you to consider.
Tooth discolouration can be a result of either surface stain or internal stain factors. As a general rule our teeth become darker as we become older - it is part of the normal ageing process.
Well-known causes of tooth stains are tobacco (tar), strong tea, coffee, red wine and Melanoidins. Deposits of tartar (calculus) that form around the necks of the teeth will also pick up unsightly stains that are extremely difficult to remove
Teeth which have had their nerve removed will always be darker than their live counterparts. Upper front teeth that have taken a heavy knock will frequently become discoloured if the blood vessels have been ruptured at the end of the root
Regular visits to the dentist or hygienist and proper tooth brushing are all an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene, a healthy mouth and clean teeth.
There are many whitening options, from OTC toothpastes, rinses and strips, to professionally supervised solutions such as Philips Zoom in-office and take-home whitening treatments. Whitening products including hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which cause a chemical reaction that breaks apart the carbon bonds that create yellow stains. Once the bonds are broken, they no longer reflect a yellow colour.
The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of your dental professional who will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth and know the history of your teeth.
Dentists can bleach teeth externally by applying a bleaching product containing peroxides (usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). It can either be done at the dental surgery or by the patient at home. In-surgery systems usually involve a higher concentration of peroxide, which is used with a powerful dental light unit. Your gums need to be protected using a rubber shield or special paint-on varnish. At Belmore Dental Implant Clinic we offer the Philips Zoom Whitespeed system.
Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed is a scientifically advanced teeth whitening procedure applied chairside at Belmore Dental Implant Clinic. It is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results, and now with the most advanced LED whitening technology from Philips, the results are even better than ever.
After an initial oral exam, the complete treatment takes just one visit. The procedure begins with a short preparation period followed by three 15-minute bleaching sessions, with an optional fourth 15-minute session administered at the discretion of your dental professional.
Home teeth whitening kits are also available to lighten the teeth more gradually as they contain lower concentrations of peroxide, usually 3.5%.
Your dentist will take an impression of the teeth to produce a custom-made tray that covers the teeth to be bleached. The tray will hold the bleaching gel against the teeth with minimal contact with the gums and other oral tissues.
The tray is worn for several hours, usually at night time or when it is most convenient. A course of treatment usually takes two to three weeks.
When a tooth is discoloured following the death of the pulp, the dentist can carry out internal bleaching after the completion of root canal treatment for the tooth. The bleaching agent is sealed inside the tooth for about a week. It is cleaned out when satisfactory lightening is achieved and a tooth-coloured filling is placed inside the tooth. A very effective method is to combine internal and external bleaching.
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