I want my teeth to be white, I look in the mirror and I don’t like their colour, so I stop smiling. You are not alone; unfortunately everyone has stains and discoloured teeth.
Don’t despair though, if you ever wondered how to keep your pearly white, teeth whitening treatments carried out by a dentist are an easy, safe and effective way to improve your smile.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment and very popular in the UK, but before going into more detail, let’s take a look at what stains your teeth. Unfortunately our daily diet such as our passion for coffee, red wine, tea, smoking, curry and the passage of time will make our teeth less white and attractive.
Our teeth are made of 2 layers:
Dentin, the inner soft section
Enamel, the outer hard layer
The outer enamel layer is slightly porous and a microbiological film forms on top of it – however, this can be removed to a certain degree by brushing your teeth twice a day and visiting the hygienist every 3 months. This is the best way to preserve natural whiteness; however the film can penetrate into the tooth causing stains which cannot be easily removed. Apart from being aesthetically unpleasant, these stains are harmless.
There is a lot of misinformation regarding the teeth whitening treatments and we would like to shed some light on the topic.
Teeth whitening, by law needs to be carried by a dentist or under a hygienist prescription. All the whitening products used at Confidental Clinic, your dentist in Surbiton have been rigorously tested both for safety and efficiency. By buying teeth whitening products from high street or internet you expose yourself to substantial risk. These products can contain illegal chemicals that will erode your enamel and many do not work at all.
The EU has regulated teeth whitening treatments, so they need to be carried out only in dental practices under direction of a qualified dentist or hygienist. Any products with more than 6% peroxide have been banned in the EU for causing tooth sensitivity and gum burns; whilst anything with below 1% peroxide won’t do much at all.
Here at the Confidental Clinic we also offer our teeth whitening home kit system. Our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and mouth to create special light plastic trays, which will precisely fit onto your teeth. You will need to come for 10 minutes consultation, where the dentist will make sure the tray fit your teeth perfect and will explain how to use the whitening gel. The results are visible within 2 weeks and they will last between 6 months to 18 months. This is not a permanent whitening solution and the process needs to be repeated periodically.
Teeth whitening treatments under the supervision of a highly experienced clinician will result in a bright white smile so if you’re interested in boosting your smile and confidence, please give us a call on 020 8399 1291 to arrange a consultation.