As a dentist in Battersea we carry out everything from routine dental check-ups to more expensive cosmetic dentistry. One of the most popular cosmetic treatments we provide is tooth whitening which is so popular because of it’s almost instant results. There are plenty of misconceptions about teeth whitening in Battersea so we thought we’d take this opportunity to answer some of the most common questions that we get asked.
Q – Why are my teeth yellow despite the fact that I don’t smoke and don’t drink coffee or tea in excessive amounts?
A – Although smoking and drinking coffee and tea will discolour teeth earlier in life, as a person ages their teeth will automatically discolour and this is impossible to avoid. Also a person’s individual characteristics and genes will influence when this happens.
Q – Do over the counter whitening toothpastes really work?
A – These can help prolong the effect of professional tooth whitening carried out by a dentist. However because of safety regulations, whitening toothpastes only contain a very small amount of lightening ingredients, so you’re unlikely to see much difference if you’re using these alone to whiten your teeth.
Q – How long does professional tooth whitening in Battersea last?
A – This is a tricky one, since we explain to all our patients at Glow Dental that it varies from one individual to another. For example a person who drinks coffee every day or who smokes will see the effects wear off quicker. As a rule, we’d say expect it to last for six months, but it could be considerably longer.
Q – I have a visible partial denture. Will this get whitened too?
A – No. Teeth whitening procedures do not affect crowns, dentures or veneers which is why we often suggest a person gets their teeth whitened to match their prosthetic teeth.
Q – Does the procedure hurt?
A – None of our patients have reported any pain, but teeth whitening can cause your teeth to feel sensitive for a few days, although this should subside within a few days. If you already have sensitive teeth, then there are certain teeth whitening systems which contain considerably less hydrogen peroxide than others, so do ask your Battersea dentist about them.
Although there are no obvious medical benefits to be gained from having your teeth whitened it can make a person feel more confident and even improve their social life, since they become more keen to go out and meet people again. We’ve even had patients tell us that they got a better job which they felt was due to their newly improved smile. So who knows, it could benefit your career too! If you’d like to brighten your smile then call Glow Dental today on 020 7223 7096 to book a free cosmetic consultation or visit our website at www.glowdental.co.uk for more information.