Tooth whitening is a quick and safe way to refresh and transform your smile, resulting in a healthy and more youthful appearance. Treatment is pain-free and convenient. Results can be seen from the first application.
At Aurora Dental Clinic, Corsham, we offer Poladay and Polanight home kits. These offer a fast treatment with dramatic results.
Why do our teeth discolour?
Over time, our teeth naturally start to discolour. Unfortunately, this is a part of the ageing process- and it happens to everyone.
There are a number of reasons for this. Often, it is simply down to lifestyle and the effects of consuming dark food and drink items (coffee, tea, red wine and berries) over long periods of time.
Activities such as smoking stain the teeth from white to more of a yellow or grey. Darkening of the teeth can also be caused by damage to a tooth or the long-term use of certain medications.
Not matter how well you look after your teeth it is impossible to stop this colour change- because stains build up on the inside of the teeth. Therefore, no amount of brushing or scaling and polishing by the hygienist will stop it.
How does tooth whitening work?
Whitening uses a special gel that either contains carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. When applied to the tooth, the chemical breaks down into water and oxygen ions. The ions react with the stain molecules in the enamel and break them down.
We use home kits which involve using a mouth tray that’s custom-made to mould perfectly to your teeth. You simply add the whitening gel in the tray and either wear the tray at night or for a short time during the day. The mouth tray ensures an even finish.
Is tooth whitening suitable for me?
Tooth whitening is safe and suitable for use on the majority of people. It is normally possible to remove stains from most teeth, even those that are considered dead due to root damage.
Teeth with particularly bad staining as a result of tetracycline or fluorosis may not respond to treatment or may require several doses.
Prosthetic devices such as crowns, fillings, dentures and bridges can’t be whitened.
Treatment should be pain-free although you may notice a slight increase in sensitivity of the teeth and gums which should improve once treatment is finished.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, when performed by a qualified dental health professional tooth whitening is safe. You should avoid the use of home kits which can be bought easily online. Also do not have your teeth whitened in beauty salons or hairdressing salons. Such treatments are unregulated and could result in long-term damage to your teeth and gums.