Teeth Whitening

Brightening Your Smile Can Make You Look Healthier

WHAT IS TEETH WHITENING

Teeth whitening also known as teeth bleaching is a simple, safe and effective method to creating a whiter and brighter smile. Research suggests that brightening your smile can make you look healthier, as well as younger and more attractive. There are many different methods available for teeth whitening, such as chemical whitening and abrasive brightening. At the Brighton implant clinics, where possible, we want to use the most highly effective, and non – intrusive methods to achieving desired results.

WHAT CAUSES STAINED TEETH

There are many contributing factors which can cause stains to teeth. Discoloration to teeth usually begins in your late 20s and early 30s, as the outer layer of the teeth, also known as tooth enamel, starts to become thinner with age. Unfortunately, discoloration can also be hereditary, meaning due to genetics, you can be prone to early yellowing or discoloration of the teeth.

The biggest contributing factor to teeth staining is lifestyle, your diet has a large impact on your teeth. Tea, coffee, red wine as well as citrus and acidic foods can lead to teeth becoming stained.

Chemical damage such as medicines or tobacco also discolours teeth, these are usually called extrinsic stains, this is where the enamel of the tooth becomes marked. Many extrinsic type stains are reversible and can completely disappear using teeth whitening treatments.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Teeth whitening is an effective method in eliminating or reducing discoloration of teeth, by removing yellow and or brown extrinsic stains. Teeth can be brightened 4 or 5 shades alone in the first treatment and over all more than seven shades whiter with on going treatment. You and your dentist using a shade chart can decide the best and most appropriate shade to suit your smile.

Teeth whitening is not a permanent process although will last longer depending on lifestyle, whitening usually lasts one to two years. After a teeth whitening treatment, teeth may have an increase of sensitivity for one or two days, however this will not have any lasting affect or damage to teeth.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REMOVE ALL STAINS? INTRINSIC AND EXTRINSIC STAINS

Teeth whitening procedures are highly effective in removing different kinds of stains, although they may not completely eliminate some stains, it should be noted that the darker the stain i.e brown or black, the tougher it will be to remove. There are two different types of stains which can cause discoloration to the teeth, these are intrinsic and extrinsic stains.

Extrinsic stains are the discoloration of the outer layer of the teeth, these stains are superficial, meaning that they can be removed from teeth whitening, bleaching and or polishing.

In some cases, the tooth’s inner structure becomes discoloured, giving teeth a yellow or grey hue. The difference between extrinsic and intrinsic stains, is that intrinsic stains are deep within the tooth’s structure, therefore stains cannot be easily removed. Depending on the severity of the condition, some intrinsic stains can never be removed by means of bleaching or whitening. There are other treatments or procedures available for intrinsic stains, such as porcelain veneers. See our porcelain veneers page at the Brighton Implant clinic.

Intrinsic stains can be caused by different conditions and traumas to the teeth. An example of this is the use of tetracycline, an antibiotic. This medication taken by children at a young age during teeth development, can cause intrinsic stains which cannot be removed through teeth whitening. Trauma to teeth, causing blood vessel or nerve damage can also cause intrinsic stains, root canal treatment may be advisable here, as to prevent further staining to the teeth.

FLUOROSIS

Fluoride is found in many foods, all drinking water, and is used as an active ingredient in many toothpastes. This mineral has been clinically proven to strengthen tooth enamel which helps build resilience against tooth decay. Overexposure to fluoride during early teeth development however can cause a dental condition called fluorosis. Fluorosis can be mild or severe, depending on the level of exposure. Mild fluorosis can lead to white lines, spots or streaks appearing on teeth. Teeth whitening can brighten your smile making the appearance of these marks less noticeable. In more severe cases, affected teeth may become pitted and develop grey, black or brown spots. In these cases, teeth whitening can not treat those affected teeth.t the Brighton Implant clinic.

Intrinsic stains can be caused by different conditions and traumas to the teeth. An example of this is the use of tetracycline, an antibiotic. This medication taken by children at a young age during teeth development, can cause intrinsic stains which cannot be removed through teeth whitening. Trauma to teeth, causing blood vessel or nerve damage can also cause intrinsic stains, root canal treatment may be advisable here, as to prevent further staining to the teeth.

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT AND TEETH WHITENING

Root canal treatment may become a necessity in preventing further infection, decay, discoloration or tooth loss. Tooth whitening, such as Zoom whitening is an external agent used to whiten teeth. If a tooth or set of teeth become darkened following a root canal treatment, the dentist may be able to apply a bleaching agent internally within the tooth. This process is called non-vital whitening, which is where the tooth’s pulp chamber is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and filled with a bleach – soaked cotton ball. This remains within the teeth pulp chamber, usually changed once a week. Over time the affected tooth or teeth will whiten from the inside out.

PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING VS OVER-THE-COUNTER HOME WHITENING

Oral health experts advise that professional teeth whitening will give you the most effective results in brightening your smile, compared to over the counter home whitening solutions.

Unlike home treatments, receiving treatment from a cosmetic dentist professional, will enable you to ensure your over all oral health, as well as checking for any underlying issues which could be leading to tooth discoloration.

Receiving ‘in – house’ treatment is custom to you, which means all aspects of the procedure are to complement your desired results. With professional teeth whitening, patients can obtain desired results in just one treatment, as well as advice on oral hygiene practices to maintain that smile.

Some over- the-counter or home bleaching products can achieve desired results. It is advised to use products which are less abrasive, as they are safer although will prolong treatment. It should be noted that not all over – the- counter treatments are safe, which can cause damage to teeth, especially without all round care of your dental health. Home bleaching products can lead to damage to teeth as well as gum and soft – tissue irritation. It is advisable to inform your dentist of any over the counter products you wish to use.

ARE WHITENING TOOTHPASTES EFFECTIVE

Whitening toothpastes can be effective in cleaning, as well as whitening (to an extent) your teeth. Many whitening toothpastes use abrasion, when an abrasive agent is used on the teeth’s outer layer, the ‘newer’ layer appears considerably whiter. This can cause damage by wearing down tooth enamel as well as damage to the gums. Toothpaste will not give you the same results as professional teeth whitening, but it can be used in preserving results following whitening treatment. Quality whitening toothpaste can help prevent stains from adhering to teeth. Before selecting any toothpaste, consider the ingredients as certain toothpastes are less abrasive than others.

WHAT ARE OUR PATIENTS SAYING

I had 2 implants, all in all took 10 months to complete, but wow was I happy with the results, cannot put into words how happy I am, my amazing dentist Aura Fanandez was fantastic, I was probably one of the most nervous patients, but I shouldn't of been, it never hurt once. Really !! So recommend them.

Kalih-Saleh

From the beginning of the process to my final fit of all on four implants the care I received from Bruno and all his team was excellent. Bruno's manner is caring and non intimidating. His attention to detail with regard to getting my final teeth to look 'just right' was exemplary.

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