Teeth whitening involves making teeth lighter using whitening products. Teeth whitening cannot make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades depending on various factors.
T Who can perform teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
It is advisable to get tooth whitening done by only registered dental professionals as they would be able to assess your teeth, oral health and general health to rule out any contraindications and to follow all relevant precautions before and after the procedure.
You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.
What happens during teeth whitening at the dentist?
At Smile 32 Dental, we offer laser teeth whitening, which is also known as power whitening. This is where a product is painted onto your teeth and then a light or laser is shone onto them to activate the whitening. Laser whitening takes about an hour. You will have full control and comfort throughout the procedure and no damage is caused to the soft tissues.
The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a tray and will instruct you how to use it with a whitening gel if you need a top up. Then, using your tray at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time, from two to four weeks. Some whitening gels can be left on for up to eight hours at a time, which shortens the treatment period to one week.
We assess the patients and refer patients to the orthodontic practice for specialist orthodontic treatment.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour 'composite' material is used instead of porcelain.
Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten the front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look intact again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) is not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.
This involves composite bonding to treat the decayed, fractured or chipped and or discoloured teeth. Usually this is done in single visit. This procedure involves preparing the tooth surface and etching with gel. Following this a bonding agent is applied before the tooth coloured composite is used to recreate the tooth. Porcelain veneers may be used as described above.