This is an increasingly popular treatment here at Brickfields and many of our patients have had fabulous results.
Teeth whitening is a process which aims to enhance the colour of the tooth back to a cleaner, whiter appearance using a bleaching method. As we age our teeth naturally darken or discolour. Added to this drinking tea, coffee and red wine and eating certain foods can all add to the problem as does the build up of plaque and tartar. People who smoke will see a dramatic darkening and disolouration of their teeth.
If you are thinking of having this procedure done we will arrange for you to speak with one of our team who will be able to asses you and advise you on the best form of treatment that will suit you. You will be talked through the process and have any questions that you may have answered. The risks, whilst few, will also be explained so that you are able to make an informed choice whether to proceed. There are a few side effects which normally pass after a few days. These can include increased sensitivity to hot and cold things, a sore throat and white patches on your gums.
If you suffer from tooth decay or gum disease it is necessary that these be treated prior to commencing any whitening procedures.
We would not permit a pregnant or nursing mother to undergo any whitening treatments. Likewise anyone who is under the age of 18 as teeth can still be developing at this point.
The products we use usually contain a chemical called Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide. As these breakdown they allow oxygen to enter the outer layer of the enamel and as a result the teeth become whiter. The effects can last anything from 12 weeks to 3 years but its success can depend on many factors and the individual having the treatment.
Unfortunately it will not and we would have to gradually change them with to a lighter coloured version.
In this instance you must practice excellent oral hygiene. Make sure that you visit one of our hygienists regularly and try to reduce your intake of those drinks that will stain your teeth. Always use a fluoride toothpaste which is more abrasive than a regular one.
There are over the counter products that you can use at home for teeth whitening but they have lower doses of the chemicals that we as professionals use so the long term effect will possibly be reduced.
Once you have decided to go ahead with treatment we will advise you which is the best one for you. There are two main types of whitening: internal where the bleach is placed in the tooth and external where it is placed on the outer surface of the tooth.
This can only be done if you have had root canal treatment. In this instance the blood vessels and nerves will have been replaced by a rubber filling. We will place the gel inside the hole and then seal it with a short term filling. The bleach remains in there until you return a week later to have the filling and the bleach removed. We then seal the hole with a more natural coloured filling.
This is less invasive and involves us making a rubber tray that fits your teeth exactly. We will show you how to apply the gel. You will need to repeat the process for 30 to 60 minutes over the next 2-4 weeks.
We also offer this procedure. As before we make a tray for your teeth and place the gel on the teeth but then we pass a light over the surface to speed up the whitening process. This takes about 60 minutes.