It’s become increasingly desirable to have a white smile as it’s associated with youth and beauty. In fact this desire is nothing new as archaeologists have found attempts to whiten teeth dating back centuries. One of the most popular and affordable ways to whiten your teeth today is to simply have a professional tooth whitening treatment carried out by your cosmetic dentist in Battersea. Treatment really isn’t very expensive and will be much more effective than any of the kits you can buy in your local chemists or over the Internet. More importantly treatment will be completely safe and any unwanted side effects such as increased tooth sensitivity will be kept to an absolute minimum.
Prior to treatment Dr Hooman Sanaty or another dentist in Battersea will want to carefully examine your teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. Applying bleaching gel to unhealthy teeth is likely to cause unpleasant side effects such as tooth sensitivity and even pain. They’ll also assess the type of tooth staining, as tooth discoloration can be internal or external, and will affect the method used to whiten your teeth.
Teeth whitening can be carried out in a number of different ways, and while the most popular approach is to whiten the teeth from the outside or externally, sometimes it may be necessary to whiten teeth internally. Internal tooth whitening is normally carried out on teeth that have become discoloured as a result of having root canal treatment. If necessary your dentist in Battersea can use a combination of both these techniques to professionally whiten your teeth.
This is another very good reason why you should have your teeth whitened under the supervision of a dentist, as they can identify teeth that may not respond to tooth bleaching as well as others. In contrast if you use an over-the-counter kit on teeth that are both internally and externally stained then you could end up with teeth of varying colours, something that’s not exactly desirable.
Glow Dental can provide patients with home whitening kits that contain custom-made whitening trays to comfortably and effectively bleach your teeth over the course of one or two weeks. The whitening trays are easy to use, and will provide you with the correct strength of carbamide peroxide gel. Carbamide peroxide is used for home whitening as it’s a more stable form of bleach than hydrogen peroxide.
We often provide tooth whitening to patients in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures to provide a more enhanced effect. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune, as even small alterations to your smile can make a world of difference. It’s something that’s often used in conjunction with orthodontics to provide a conservative smile makeover. Tooth whitening can also be used in conjunction with other treatments such as dental veneers or even something as simple as tooth coloured fillings or dental bonding, a process that uses white filling material to slightly change the shape of the tooth. If you think you might be interested in enhancing your smile with additional treatments then it’s best to discuss this with your cosmetic dentist in Battersea prior to tooth whitening.