Teeth whitening is considered one of the most cheapest ways to cosmetically enhance your smile.
Our aim is to provide you with the most appropriate treatment options to ensure a lasting smile.
There are several reasons why teeth discolour, mainly food and beverages, tobacco, mouthwashes, plaque. There are also other factors like certain medicines (tetracycline) genetics, tooth discolourations after root canal therapy and age.
Where do I begin?
Before teeth whitening we recommend a general dental check up, scale and clean and dental photographs with a shade guide. It is imperative that your gum health and oral hygiene be of a high standard. The costs, risks as well expectations about the results of whitening will be discussed with you during your pre whitening appointment.
One of the teeth whitening procedures that we offer at our practice is the home teeth whitening procedure.
First we take impressions of your mouth and have special whitening trays made in the laboratory which take about 3-4 days to manufacture. These are the trays we will use for your whitening.
Then the whitening solution gets carefully placed into the whitening trays and worn for about 1-2 hours per day or even the entire night. The whitening should be done for about 2 weeks. During this period any staining food or drink should be avoided too optimise results.
Internal whitening also know as walking bleach technique is a very popular technique primarily used to bleach front teeth that have become darker due to root canal therapy or the nerve has died due to various external factors like trauma and orthodontic movement.
How does it work?
Before starting the walking bleach treatment, existing root canal therapy and all restorations present in the teeth should be at a satisfactory level, About 2mm of the root canal filling gets removed and sealed off with a cavity base. The whitening agent is then placed inside the tooth and sealed off. On average the whitening agent stays in your tooth for about 2-5 days. It is important at this stage that the patient monitors the shade of the tooth. If the tooth whitens quickly and the desired tooth shade has been reached you will have to come back sooner to have the whitening agent removed.
In some cases internal whitening of dark teeth does not give you the desired result you want. In cases like that we recommend placing a full coverage crown or a veneer on the tooth