Before Tooth Whitening
After Tooth Whitening
It has been ruled by the General Dental Council (GDC), who regulate dentistry in the UK, that it is ILLEGAL for anyone other than a dental professional, who is registered with the GDC, to perform tooth whitening procedures on patients. The initial assessment must always be carried out by a registered dentist.
These regulations are in place to protect you, the patient. It ensures that anyone carrying out the procedure is qualified with the correct skills and knowledge to assess if you are suitable to have your teeth whitened, and without any risk of damage to your teeth or gums. There are occasions when a satisfactory improvement in appearance can be provided without whitening – the case below shows the improvement from our hygienist cleaning the teeth with a special jet mixture of water and baking soda to thoroughly remove stains on the surface of the teeth.
Only a qualified dental professional will be able to advise on any risks or potential complications such as the implications of
- Natural teeth whitening but visible porcelain crowns / veneers or a non-vital tooth remaining the original colour.
- Ensuring that yours gums are healthy
- Filings are not leaking
- Managing any sensitivity you may have during the whitening.
Thoroughly delighted with the results
I recently decided to have cosmetic dentistry done on my top teeth with whitening all over. Reason being, I was very unhappy with the shape of my top teeth and the colour. I didn’t want my smile to look artificial and I didn’t want them too white either.
From start to finish Paul and the team at Dentistry@Markethill took excellent care of me. Everything was discussed and planned carefully to the last detail. I am thoroughly delighted with the results and feel much more confident than before. This has been noticed by friends and family. Again a big big thank you to Paul and the team. Anyone thinking about having this work done, think no more , just do it – you won’t regret it.
HOW TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH
We will most importantly assess if tooth whitening is suitable for you and advise you of all the options and which whitening technique is best suitable for you.
The most common procedure is our “Professional tray system”. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and our technician makes a very thin gum-shield like tray to accurately fit your teeth. We will then advise on the most appropriate routine for use of the whitening gel in the trays for you. This may be 2-4 weeks depending on the initial shad of your teeth and the desired result.
The products used are usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and as the active components are broken down they penetrate the tooth without any adverse effect the surface of the tooth.
WILL MY TEETH STAY WHITE?
Your teeth will remain white for several years, although most patients when they see the improvement in their smile are keen to maintain the optimum whiteness and will use a top-up syringe of whitening gel every few months or just before a special occasion.
Regular visits to our hygienist will also prevent a build-up of unwanted stains from strongly coloured foods and drinks.
WHAT ABOUT WHITENING TOOTHPASTES
Several toothpastes claim to whiten your teeth. These will not affect the natural colour of your teeth but may be effective in removing stains and therefore improve the appearance.