It’s normal for teeth to yellow with age and accumulate stains from food and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine. Smoking, of course, also darkens teeth.
Tooth whitening is a safe way to undo all this and brighten the natural colour of your teeth with effects that can last up to three years, leaving you looking younger and feeling more confident about smiling.
At Tewkesbury Dental we’ll ask you to wear something called a tray, which looks like a gum shield, for an hour a day over 14 days. You may be advised to keep the tray on overnight if your teeth are particularly badly stained. We make the tray from taking an impression of your teeth and each time you wear it at home you insert bleaching solution into it first.
How it works
We use the excellent Saber Tooth White system, which you can read patient reviews about here https://www.sabertoothwhite.com/reviews. You’ll notice we don’t use a high powered UV light; that’s because research shows light causes dehydration and a short term chalky white effect which reverses quickly, sometimes painfully, as moisture tries to get back into the teeth.
The active ingredient in our tooth whitening system is carbamide peroxide and when this is applied to the surface of the teeth it breaks down, allowing oxygen into the enamel which lightens the colour.
The majority of people are able to enjoy the benefits of tooth whitening although it is unsuitable for people with extremely sensitive teeth, gum disease, numerous fracture lines in their teeth, or a history of joint problems. It’s also unsuitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Dr Ruparelia will check you are able to undergo the treatment safely, and then check the right outcome has been achieved to your satisfaction in your post treatment examination.
Unfortunately tooth whitening won’t work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers, or very severe stains acquired as a byproduct of taking the antibiotic tetracycline.
Are there any side effects?
Possible temporary side effects of this treatment are sensitive teeth during or after the procedure, discomfort in the gums, a sore throat and white patches on the gum line. These symptoms should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing – patients are advised to contact Dr Ruparelia if they persist.
If you’d like a boost to your confidence, a brighter smile with tooth whitening at Tewkesbury Dental is a really simple and affordable solution. Book a consultation with Dr Ruparelia to discuss if it’s suitable for you.
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