Our teeth can discolour over time and from eating and drinking certain foods. Smoking and some medications can also discolour the teeth.
For patients wishing to lighten their teeth, we use a process called Teeth Whitening. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments available. It’s a quick and simple way to boost your smile, and can be the perfect treatment before a special occasion, such as a family gathering or wedding.
At The Bretton Dental Clinic we use a tray-based system so you can whiten your teeth at home. Your whitening treatment begins with impressions of your mouth so the trays can be custom-fit to your mouth. That means whitening results will be more consistent and longer-lasting compared to over-the-counter whitening products that provide a one-size-fits-all solution. Once the trays are complete, you'll be given a special whitening solution to place inside the trays before placing them over your teeth for a brief period of time each day or night until your each the desired level of whiteness. The whitening agent we use is designed to bubble away stains on the surfaces of teeth without harming the tooth structure or the gums in any way.
This teeth whitening method can be reused in the future and the trays can be reused with additional whitening gels for future touch-up treatments.
Teeth whitening with whitening gels can often be the quickest, cost-effective and most conservative option for improving a patient’s smile.
The single most important thing for patients considering teeth whitening treatment to remember is that a qualified dentist must carry out the treatment. While there are home teeth whitening products available online, these will not be of the standard used by dental practices and could in fact damage your teeth, leading to discomfort, pain and potentially expensive restorative dental treatment. At The Bretton Dental Practice one of our qualified dentists will carry out a thorough clinical examination of the teeth and gums, and will then be able to assess the suitability of these treatments for your teeth, and advise you accordingly.
Some teeth discolour following dental trauma, restorations or root canal treatment. Individual teeth can be selectively whitened to match the remaining whiter neighbouring teeth.
Whitening reverses this process by lightening the teeth through a non-invasive chemical process. Moulds are taken of the teeth and trays are made into which the lightening agent is placed and the patient wears these at home, usually at night, until the desired results are achieved.