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What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth to make them look ‘whiter’. Teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure and it doesn’t involve any elements f dentistry.

Why would I get my teeth whitened?

The surface of the teeth contains millions of microscopic pores and over time, organic compounds from food, fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco settle into these pores and cause discolouration of the tooth enamel. Teeth may also darken as a result of some antibiotics. There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened; whether it is to boost your confidence or self esteem that comes from a great smile or for a special event such as a wedding or job interview, we can help.

 

What is the difference between Laser Whitening and treatment available at the Dentist?

The main difference is that laser gives an instant, long lasting look, normally within an hour after treatment. There is no need for overnight trays and 3 ~ 4 week courses. Our treatments are also less invasive and are not painful Laser Teeth Whitening can also restore crowns, caps and veneers to their natural colour.

 

How does the Tooth Whitening process work?

The whitening system requires the client to be exposed to a powerful LED light which activates the whitening gel that is applied to the teeth. When the LED starts, it speeds up the whitening process by activating the whitening gel which breaks down into oxygen and water molecules. These molecules then penetrate the tiny pores of the enamel and the stains are lifted away from the tooth. As the stains are broken into smaller and smaller pieces, more natural light is able to pass through your teeth, which in turn makes your teeth look brighter and whiter. Each procedure takes 15 minutes and is repeated 3 times, leaving your teeth many shades whiter.

 

How many treatments are necessary?

Normally results are seen after 1 session but maintenance may be required after 4 months, this can be aided by the use of a whitening pen.

 

Consultation Procedure

Prior to treatment you must first undergo a consultation to confirm suitability, we will also take note of your current tooth colour with our shade guide. The full treatment session lasts up to 1 ½ hours depending on the level of whiteness you wish to achieve. Before proceeding, you will be asked to sign a consent form.

 

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?

We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:

 

* Don’t eat or drink any coloured products for 2 days after your treatment. These include: tea, coffee, red wine, any brightly coloured foods. Also avoid smoking.

 

* Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

 

* Reduce your sugary food and drink intake. * Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

 

 

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Teeth Whitening - Before and After

Note: "Some photos are courtesy of Lynton Clinic"