What does the procedure involve and how do dentists whiten teeth?
Eyes & Smiles in New Southgate will supply whitening gel to be used in custom-made trays which fit into your mouth like a gum shield. These trays are worn for a period of time per day or night to allow the gel to take effect, in the comfort of your own home. The active ingredient in the product is normally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide at a tailored dose to give you the optimum result.
At Eyes & Smiles, we use the most effective and proven method of whitening, home tray whitening. This will gradually and effectively whiten your teeth to provide up to 8 shades improvement.
This is THE SAFEST way to whiten your teeth, with no damage, no drilling, and no injections.
How long does the procedure take and how long does it take to whiten teeth?
First of all you will need an assessment to ensure there your mouth is suitable to have whitening. On the 1st visit at Eyes & Smiles Teeth Whitening Finchley, we will make moulds of your teeth. The whitening trays are then ready to be fitted on the 2nd visit, in which we will also go through instructions and supply the whitening gel. You are then ready to start your whitening!
When whitening your teeth professionally using at home whitening kit and hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide whitening gels, you can see an improvement in as little as 2 weeks, but to see the best results, we normally provide enough gel for 4 weeks of whitening.
Will I get sensitivity?
Some people find that their teeth become sensitive for the first few days after treatment, but this wears off after a short while, and does not persist beyond the treatment time. We will give you the methods to reduce sensitivity during treatment. The Enlighten Whitening system at Eyes & Smiles North London contains anti-sensitive particles to help minimise it further.
Will I be happy with the results?
Treatment results may vary depending on the original shade of the teeth but there is always an overall improvement guaranteed. All teeth will tend to slowly darken again after 1-3 years, especially if you are a smoker, or have a lot of tea or coffee. This is where the strength in the treatment lies - it is easy to top-up the brightened shade using the same custom made trays with additional whitening gel which can be purchased from Eyes & Smiles Barnet.
What about over- the-counter home kits?
Over-the-counter kits are not recommended as they contain only a small amount of, or no, hydrogen peroxide which makes the product less effective. This means you will not get the desired whiter teeth. Some also contain mild acids, while others are abrasive. Although these products are cheaper, whitening is a complicated treatment procedure and legally should only be carried out by a registered dentist at Eyes & Smiles Friern Barnet after a thorough examination and assessment of your teeth. It is very important to follow the instructions your dentist gives you, and to make sure that you go for any follow-up appointments recommended.
What about whitening toothpaste?
There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing surface staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened. Speak to your dentist at Eyes & Smiles Southgate to see your best options.
Can charcoal toothpaste make your teeth yellow?
Charcoal toothpaste, if used excessively or with a hard toothbrush has more potential to cause damage to your tooth enamel and therefore make the teeth slightly yellower as the white enamel coating of your teeth is worn away. This is because the charcoal can be abrasive to teeth.
There are some reports saying charcoal can whiten teeth. 'Activated Charcoal' is a mild abrasive, and therefore may be able to remove the surface staining on teeth, however this is only working on the surface, so the effects are limited. In addition, charcoal will not whiten the teeth from the inside.
Can yellow teeth become white?
Yes, most of the time. If the cause of the yellowness is due to a buildup of plaque, tartar, coffee, tea and smoking, then the colour can be improved by having one of our hygiene cleans or airpolish treatments which removes the surface staining.
If the yellowness is deeper, then teeth whitening is the best option to brighten the teeth from the inside. At Eyes & Smiles Finchley we will let you know how successful your whitening will be.
Do whitening strips work?
In some cases whitening strips can work. However the concentration of these tends to be much higher than the legally acceptable concentration in the UK. In addition, applying the whitening strips evenly on the teeth is difficult, so you may not get a nice even colour from using whitening strips, as you would from professional Teeth Whitening at Eyes & Smiles N11
Does coconut oil whiten teeth?
There is no evidence for this. Gargling with coconut oil (coconut oil pulling) may be able to dislodge bits of food between the teeth, but will not replace brushing and flossing, or change the actual colour of your teeth.
How do I permanently get rid of yellow teeth?
The only proven way to whiten the colour of teeth is to whiten them professionally at your dentist iat Eyes & Smiles North London Not only is this the only legal way to whiten teeth, but it is the safest and most effective way.
When might whitening not work?
Whitening will not change the colour of existing fillings or crowns or bridges or tooth decay.
What if I am pregnant?
We do not recommend teeth whitening during pregnancy or breast-feeding.
How do you fix discolored teeth?
Discoloured teeth can easily and simply be fixed.
If the colour of your teeth bothers you there are several options. The simplest option is to have your teeth professionally cleaned and polished at Eyes & Smiles Friern Barnet. This normally makes an instant improvement.
Following that, we can professionally whiten your teeth at Eyes & Smiles Barnet if it still bothers you, to get them even whiter, cleaner and brighter.
Following this, if you are still concerned about any dark teeth, then we can mask any discoloration with the use of composite or ceramics.
Please discuss with your dentist to see what options will be best for you.
How much does it cost to get your teeth professionally whitened?
Please check here for our current Teeth Whitening offers at Eyes & Smiles Southgate.
Our Combo offer includes your teeth whitening hygiene appointment and complimentary x rays and photos for one price.
Is laser teeth whitening permanent?
Laser Whitening is not an effective long term solution. The law relating to tooth whitening changed on 31 October 2012 reducing the maximum concentration of whitening gel. This means laser whitening is not effective in one session to make a big difference to your tooth colour. In addition, laser whitening has the potential to leave your teeth very sensitive if done illegally at a beauty salon or anyone apart from a dentist.
The most effective and safest way to whiten your teeth is still to have it done professionally by your dentist with tray whitening at Eyes & Smiles Finchley.
Is teeth whitening bad for your teeth?
Teeth whitening administered professionally by your dentist is 100% safe. Please note, this is the only legal way to whiten your teeth, to minimise any risks.
Although it may seem appealing, having teeth whitening by untrained people, who may only have had a 1 hour training can lead to permanent damage, so please only have your teeth whitened professionally by your dentist at Eyes & Smiles N11, who has had 5 years of training.