Who Would Benefit From Teeth Whitening Treatment?
Anyone that undergoes a teeth whitening treatment gets a brighter, whiter smile and a boost of confidence. People with discoloured, stained teeth will therefore benefit the most from teeth whitening treatment. Sometimes, discolouration on the teeth occurs as a result of a medical issue, such as a nerve that has died, but the most common reasons for teeth stains are due to lifestyle choices, habits and ageing. Regarding the latter, the core tissue within your teeth naturally goes yellow over time, meaning that as you get older, you will notice more stains.
Stains can range in appearance and colour, but a teeth whitening treatment will help to treat a variety of stains. Most people associate teeth staining with a yellow discolouration, which is caused by tobacco, drinks such as tea and coffee and poor oral hygiene. Brown discolouration is also common and can appear due to the factors previously listed, as well as more serious dental problems such as tartar build-up and tooth decay. Some people may even notice white stains, caused by too much fluoride, or dark tooth stains, that are black, from the silver sulphide present in their fillings and crowns. Depending on the nature of the stain, patients may be advised to have a stain removal treatment before beginning a teeth whitening treatment.
Having good oral hygiene is a vital requirement for teeth whitening treatments. If you have health issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, some of the products may not be suitable for you. The best way to maintain good oral hygiene is to regularly brush your teeth, and use additional products such as dental floss and mouthwash, as well as attend regular dental appointments so that any potential issues can be addressed at the earliest opportunity. Before teeth whitening treatment commences for any of our patients, we’ll assess the suitability of your teeth and your oral hygiene, to ensure that the treatment is right for you and would be effective without causing any problems. Our treatment is also suitable for those with sensitive teeth. Whilst some teeth sensitivity may occur during the treatment, our dentists can make suggestions to minimise this, both pre and post-treatment.
Teeth whitening does not tend to work properly for patients with dental crowns, as the products do not work on the materials that are used for fillings and crowns. Crowns do tend to stay the same colour though, so if your crown is whiter than your teeth, you could have the rest of your teeth whitened so then they match the shade of your crown.
Professional Teeth Whitening In Didsbury: How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
Our effective tooth whitening treatment is designed to be safe, pain-free and easy to use at home in just a few simple steps. First, your dentist will conduct an oral health check, to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. In your first appointment, your dentist will use our iTero scanner to take impressions of your teeth. This will ensure that your whitening tray fits correctly. The tray is made from soft, clear plastic and is designed to fit precisely and comfortably, to hold the whitening gel against your teeth. By creating a tray that is tailored exactly to your teeth and the shape of your mouth, you can rest assured that each tooth will have an even and consistent coverage of the tooth whitening gel that we use.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the gel is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, in a safe amount and concentration. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter. These ingredients are usually found in common teeth whitening products, such as toothpaste, but our treatment allows the gel to be directly applied to the teeth in a higher concentration. This procedure is entirely safe, effective and pain-free, but you may experience some sensitivity throughout the treatment and for a short time after. This is completely normal and isn’t a cause for concern. It should pass within a couple of days. If you are concerned, you can speak to a member of our experienced team here at Parkfield Dental for advice, reassurance and peace of mind.
Once you have received your teeth whitening tray, your dentist will tell you how to use it – our home whitening kits allow you to have teeth whitening sessions in the comfort of your own home! We always recommend that our patients carry out the whitening before bedtime, as your teeth are more likely to stain immediately after the treatment because your pores are open. This night time method also means that you can achieve whiter teeth without any disruption to your day! Our dentists can discuss a personalised plan with you when your treatment commences, to ensure that you’re fully informed and confident about when and how to use the custom trays.
The total treatment can usually be done within two to four weeks and the results are long-lasting. For whiter teeth for years to come, simply have top-up whitening sessions every six to nine months, following advice from your dentist. Aftercare is minimal – teeth whitening has even been easier! Your dentist will recommend specific guidance based on your own dental health, but generally, it involves regular brushing using fluoride toothpaste and regular dental check-ups.
Stain Removal & Teeth Whitening
Based on the results of your dentist’s assessment when they take a look at your teeth and your oral hygiene, to assess your suitability, they may recommend that you have a stain removal treatment prior to starting a teeth whitening plan, in order to remove any underlying stains. This is because some teeth whitening products cannot effectively remove stubborn stains. Here at Parkfield Dental, we use a high-tech stain removal solution called AirFlow, which used a jet of compressed air, water and sodium bicarbonate particles to blast the tooth surface and remove stains and plaque. Results using AirFlow can be achieved in under 20 minutes, so the treatment is quick and easy, with minimal disruption to your day.
What Are The Risks Of DIY Teeth Whitening?
There are many suggestions out there, particularly online, for DIY teeth whitening solutions. Some of these are homemade concoctions including charcoal, mashed bananas and strawberries, whilst bleaching kits and teeth whitening strips can include harmful substances such as diluted bleach! Whilst many people are tempted by these solutions – which are often advertised as quick and cost-effective – seeking a quality tooth whitening treatment from a qualified dentist is always the best option.
Here at Parkfield Dental, our solution is extremely simple and cost-effective, with the added benefit of having a dentist guide you through the process. Even with teeth whitening kits that can be ordered online, some of these do not contain a sufficient amount of the whitening product to be effective.
The dangers of DIY teeth whitening kits are varied, with side effects that can depend on the individual. However, here are some risks that are associated with these kits:
- A poor-fitting tray: If your tray is not made-to-measure and therefore does not fit properly, this may result in the bleaching gel leaking out. This can then irritate the gums, causing gum sensitivity and even blistering in the mouth.
- Throat and stomach damage: By using harmful substances, especially in an ill-fitting tray that makes them leak, you are at risk of swallowing them. This is extremely dangerous and can cause serious burns to your stomach and throat, amongst many other issues.
- Gum damage: High concentrations of hydrogen peroxide found in DIY kits can cause gum infections and gum disease. Signs of these issues include red, inflamed gums and even bleeding.
- Enamel erosion: Common products used in DIY kits include hydrogen peroxide and bicarbonate. With improper use, and without dentist supervision, these can cause severe damage to the tooth enamel, which is there to protect the teeth and give them a glossy finish. When the enamel is eroded and becomes exposed, your teeth are more susceptible to yellowing and thinning. This, therefore, has the opposite effect of a tooth whitening solution.
- Tooth sensitivity and irritation: Whilst it is normal to experience some sensitivity with any tooth whitening treatment, this should disappear within a couple of days. However, with DIY kits that are made with harmful products, you’re at risk of worsening your tooth sensitivity and experiencing irritation for a longer period of time.
The Solution: Using A Highly Qualified Dentist To Deliver A Personalised Teeth Whitening Treatment
The safest and most effective way to achieve whiter teeth is with a treatment from your dentist. It is illegal for any non-dental professional to administer teeth whitening treatments, which highlights the importance of having a highly qualified professional to assist you and oversee the treatment. Because certain teeth whitening products are not always suitable for patients, depending on factors such as their tooth enamel and overall hygiene, having a consultation with your dentist is crucial. Receiving the treatment from an online source or a non-dental professional could lead to several complications, as previously discussed. The skills, techniques and expertise of your dentist are unrivalled, and there is no team better placed to guide you through teeth whitening treatment than the dentists at Parkfield Dental.
Here at Parkfield, we are committed to delivering a first-class experience for all of our patients, whether they have opted for our teeth whitening solution or are receiving any of our other treatments. We deliver this experience by forming close relationships with our patients and taking the time to learn about their needs and concerns. We will then deliver a personal service tailored to each patient, to ensure that they receive a treatment that is suitable for them and that will achieve the best results. It is this approach to dental care that has earned us such a strong reputation in the area over the last 30 years, serving customers in our Manchester clinic from Didsbury and other areas of Manchester, as well as further afield from Hale, Heaton Mersey, Gatley and surrounding areas.
Interested In Achieving A Brighter, Whiter Smile? Get In Touch With Parkfield Today
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