Teeth whitening

Day to day activities such as drinking tea, coffee, colas, red wine and smoking tobacco can cause undue stress and strain on the colour of your teeth. If you are not happy with the discoloration of your teeth we have a solution! Teeth whitening

pola bleach before-after

We offer:

Home teeth  whitening – achieves a good result with compliant patients. Generally you spend about an hour a day for about 3 weeks and your teeth will be whiter and brighter. A small plastic stent is made to snuggly fit your mouth. The gel(consisting of carbamide peroxide) is then placed in the trays and the tray inserted in your mouth for the insructed time period. Generally the higher the concentration, the shorter the period of time per day that you leave the gel in your mouth. The carbamide peroxide is broken down and oxygen enters the enamel and dentin. This bleaches out the discoloured areas. The structure of the tooth is not changed. The color of the tooth is simply made lighter.

In-Office teeth  whitening generally takes about an hour to hour and a half of your time in our practice we use Pola Office. Using the latest blue light technology and whitening gel. The gel is applied on your teeth, after the gums are protected with a protective dam and the blue light activates the gel. We also offer a take-home kit to top up the initial whitening treatment (this has an added cost to your office treatment) you will be given instructions and advice on the best time to use this and the continuing results you can expect. Your bleaching treatment may need to be topped up every 6 months to maintain the effect The most important thing to consider is that you have a very healthy mouth before you carry out these procedures. If you are suffering from gum disease or cavities or leaking fillings these will need to be fixed prior to commencing any bleaching program    Therefore it is highly recommended that you have had a checkup done in the last three months before you have whitening done.

For more information  http://www.toothwhiteningfacts.com.au. Remember that not everybody benefits from this procedure and therefore other solutions may be more appropriate such as veneers. Whitening your teeth will provide an instant lift to your smile to give you that extra confidence to show them off! Some patients may experience a dull ache following the procedure. Taking an analgesic almost always resolves the discomfort. It is best to avoid hot and cold drinks for the first 24 hours. We will provide you with an information sheet on how we can help you reduce the sensitivity as much as possible.

Potential Problems with Teeth Whitening

Tooth Sensitivity: During the first 24 hours following whitening many patients experience sensitivity. With in-office whitening, this sensitivity will usually subside within 1-2 days. With take-home whitening, it may be necessary to reduce the number of hours you wear the tray or stop using it for a short time to resolve the sensitivity.

Gum Irritation: Whitening may cause temporary inflammation of your gums. This is a minor problem and will subside within a few days.

Sore Throat: Most take-home whitening gel is very thick and will not run down your throat unless you overload the tray with gel and the excess may go down your throat and cause soreness. This soreness will subside in several days. In the event that you feel gel in your mouth or throat, spit out the excess gel instead of swallowing it.

Leaking Fillings or Cavities: Most  teeth whitening is indicated for the outside of the teeth (unless you already had a root canal). However, if you have any fillings that are leaking and the gel gets into the inside of the teeth, damage to the nerves of the tooth could result. In this case, the fillings need to be redone prior to the whitening. In addition, open cavities can also allow gel to reach the nerves of the teeth. All cavities should also be filled before teeth whitening.

 

Putney Dental Surgery now offers on line purchase of professionally recommended products such as recaldent chewing gum and GC tooth mousse at dentalshop.com
We use and recommend the Pikster product range

Local residents from Putney Hill, Putney or Ryde can pick up these  products  (Colgates, Recladent, GC Tooth Mousse)from our practice

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