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All You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

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All You Need to Know About Teeth Whitening

29 May 2019

Everyone’s teeth are unique and will discolour and stain in different ways. Typically caused by coffee, tea, wine, smoking and spicy foods, tooth discoloration has become a growing concern for the population. Effective in helping enhance smiles and wholeheartedly restoring confidence, teeth whitening has established itself as one of the most popular treatments available today. Through the use of whitening gels and solutions, the process is highly successful in tackling tooth discolouration; evidenced none more so than by previous Etwall Dental Practice patients, many of whom experienced a shade ten times lighter than their original colouring.

So how do the treatments work? At Etwall Dental Practice, our dental professionals advocate two trusted brands to help produce exceptional results. The first, Enlighten’s Evolution Teeth Whitening, begins with a visit to our practice to gather impressions of your teeth. From there, our laboratory team develop whitening moulds that fit comfortably in your mouth. For the next 14 nights, the moulds need to be filled with Evolution’s bleaching gel and worn overnight, helping to stimulate the whitening process by gently pushing stains out through pores in the teeth. Finally, you will require one last appointment at Etwall Dental Practice to carry out the final whitening treatment. Our dental professionals are keen to ensure the long-term maintenance of whiter teeth and so, you’ll leave us with guidance on how to preserve your new smile.

Alternatively, our dentists may deem the Pola home teeth whitening system necessary, for patients with heavily stained and discoloured teeth. The ten-day treatment is safe and convenient, only needing to be used for just 30 minutes a day. Applied within a whitening tray, Pola’s solution contains fluoride, which demineralises the tooth surface to combat tooth sensitivity. In addition, the unique, high water formulation has a natural pH and high viscosity which ensures gum protection during treatment. Our patients have been truly satisfied with the results experienced at the hands of the Pola treatment, and Etwall Dental Practice will endeavour to ensure you are too.

As with any treatment, teeth whitening is not without risk. There is a possibility that your gums will be sensitive to the chemicals used, particularly if you already have sensitive teeth. With that said, the formulation of the Pola home teeth whitening system offsets any potential discomfort. Moreover, patients can often worry about teeth whitening gels and solutions effecting tooth enamel. We can conclusively say that teeth whitening does not damage enamel. The layer of tissue beneath the enamel, the dentin, absorbs the majority of stains, so the enamel is not effected. Etwall Dental Practice ensures only the safest methods are used and with complete guidance and advice, our dental professionals ensure you are content throughout the whole process.

There is also the issue of frequency, too. Repetitive teeth whitening can begin to take its toll on your teeth, ultimately compromising their integrity. It’s for that reason, our dental professionals will not allow multiple treatments in a short amount of time, as they will become unsafe. This is especially important to remember if you are planning to get your teeth whitened for a particular event, so please contact as soon as possible so we can decide the best course of treatment for your situation.

Although not permanent, teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few months up to three years, with a variance dependent on a patient’s lifestyle and behaviours. To best maintain the new shade, we suggest abstaining from smoking or drinking red wine, tea or coffee as much as possible, particularly during initial weeks after treatment.

Whilst the aesthetic benefits of teeth whitening are clear to see, the treatment offers a number of other advantages. For instance, Etwall Dental Practice patients have noticed an improvement in their oral healthcare routine, as they look to preserve the new shades. Good oral health can often directly correlate to superior general health and the prevention of diseases. This is by far the most important reason to consider teeth whitening.

For many, teeth whitening is associated with appearing more youthful. Through looking as youthful as you may feel, your self-confidence and quality of life will no doubt improve tenfold. Combined with the enhanced release of natural endorphins with every smile, teeth whitening presents an affordable solution for those looking to improve overall health.

If you are considering teeth whitening, it’s crucial you first carry out significant research on the dentist who will be performing the treatment. Any dentist can perform teeth whitening, as long as they’re registered with the General Dental Council. Registered dental therapists and dental hygienists can also carry out teeth whitening on the prescription of a qualified dentist.

At Etwall Dental Practice, we’re fully aware of the importance of being happy in your appearance. That’s why if you feel your teeth are stained and want to take action, we encourage you to contact us or visit the practice to arrange a consultancy session with one of our dental professionals. We must inform you however, teeth whitening does not work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers, so please consider whether the treatment would best suit your needs. All treatments at Etwall Dental Practice are tested and approved, and we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional service from the first day to the last.

If you’re in need of or interested in another treatment, take a look at what’s available at Etwall Dental Practice.

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