If you are not entirely happy with the colour of your teeth, your dentist might recommend tooth whitening. Tooth whitening is actually a tooth bleaching process that lightens discolourations of the enamel and dentin.
The tooth-whitening process is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth. But just as some people have lighter teeth than others do, some people’s teeth will respond to the tooth bleaching process to a greater degree.
See the results above attained by tooth whitening for a female smoker in just one and a half hours!!
Please note, restorations, such as veneers, crowns, and fillings, are impervious to the tooth bleaching solution. They will not change colour. This could leave you with teeth of different colours unless the tooth whitening process is managed closely.
Why do I need tooth whitening?
There are many causes of tooth discolouration. Tooth colour is mostly an inherited trait, but in addition to hereditary factors, tooth colour also depends upon the condition of the teeth, general dental health, and lifestyle considerations.
The causes of tooth discolouration can be divided into two categories, internal and external. External causes include the consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, and any tobacco products. Internal causes include tetracycline discolouration, flourosis, disease, injury, previous dental work, and the aging process. It has been known for some time that the administration of the powerful antibiotic tetracycline to children can result in the permanent discolouration of their teeth. Similarly, ingesting excessive amounts of fluoride during the developmental stage of the teeth can cause permanent discolouration. Death or injury of the nerve – caused by disease, infection, or trauma – may result in permanent discolouration. This type of colour change however, usually responds well to tooth bleaching.
Discolouration may also occur as part of the normal aging process. Older teeth have been around longer, and have been exposed to a wider variety of staining substances for a longer period of time. These stains can accumulate in the small cracks and chips that commonly develop with age. Bleaching can be extremely effective at reducing these types of stains.
The tooth whitening process
Your tooth whitening dentist will determine if you are a viable candidate for the tooth bleaching process during a thorough oral examination.
We offer various types of tooth whitening at Higher Lane Dental Practice, Cheshire:
- Enlighten tooth whitening (a combined chairside and tray tooth whitening system)
- Zoom tooth whitening (a chairside tooth whitening system)
- Take home tray tooth whitening system
If you would like to discuss the tooth whitening procedures available at Higher Lane Dental Practice, please call us today on 01925 752209 or email us using our contact form. Our tooth whitening dentist will be able to advise you as to the best course of action to make your smile whiter and brighter!
Higher Lane Dental Practise is situated in the village of Lymm in Cheshire, close to M56 and M6 motorways, and in close proximity to Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington city centres.