Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a big, bright, beautiful smile?
You can have your teeth whitened to improve your appearance. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, beauty and a healthier lifestyle. You will find that you tend to smile more often and are less self-conscious.
Whitening toothpaste can remove a stain that is on the outside of the teeth. However, whitening toothpaste and professional dental cleanings will not change the colour or intrinsic staining of the teeth. That is why bleaching is so popular.
Why have teeth lost their whiteness?
There are many causes. The most common include genetics, ageing, consumption of staining substances (smoking, coffee, tea and sweet drinks), tetracycline (antibiotic) staining, excessive fluoride and old fillings.
Staining is not the only factor that can affect the colour of an individual’s teeth. Some people have naturally brighter enamel than others. There can also be medical reasons for any change in the colour of your teeth. This may be a side-effect of the medication or in some cases discoloration may be caused by the disease itself. If you suspect that there is an underlying medical cause for your teeth discoloration, be sure to inform your cosmetic dentist.
How white will the teeth be after treatment?
Some whitening procedures claim they can whiten your teeth by up to nine shades, but that is highly unlikely. However, a change of two or three shades will make a significant difference to anyone’s smile. There is no one standard system in the dental field to measure and determine tooth colour. During your first consultation for tooth whitening, your dentist will discuss with you what you can expect for your specific smile. The final outcome will be determined not only by the structure of your teeth but by the type of procedure you and your dentist decide to follow.
Bleaching does not lighten artificial materials such as resins, silicants, or porcelains. Certain drugs taken in childhood, tetracycline for instance, can leave dark colours that cannot be changed by chemical bleaching.
There are also times when bleaching is not considered the best choice. In cases of severe discoloration veneers or crowns may be the superior choice. Teeth shaded in yellow, brown or orange respond better to lightening. If you have very sensitive teeth, periodontal disease, or teeth with worn enamel, your dentist may discourage bleaching.
Types of Bleaching:
The Zoom! In-Surgery Whitening System is a safe, effective and fast method of tooth whitening procedure. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results.
We also offer at-home bleaching, for those patients who prefer to bleach in the comfort of their home and at leisure, for a fraction of the cost. Your dentist will assess your tooth whitening needs and will recommend the correct system for you.
At your first appointment, an impression will be taken to prepare a custom mouth tray. At your next appointment, we will provide you with a supply of whitening gel and your bleach trays and you will be instructed how to achieve your desired shade.