Life offers opportunities to shine – whether this is your wedding day, an important interview or a special event – we all like to look our best. Thanks to advanced cosmetic dental technology, it’s now possible and affordable in Putney to say goodbye to discoloured teeth and hello to feeling comfortable when you smile.
In this 3-part blog we will focus on the different shades of white that can be achieved, the dangers of teeth whitening and what kind of aftercare is needed. Let’s start with colouring; read on to discover the answers to the questions we most frequently get asked by our patients.
How white will my teeth go?
There is no exact answer to how white your teeth will become; each individual situation is unique. Activities such as smoking, drinking caffeine or red wine in combination with tartar, decay and/or fillings all contribute to the colour of your teeth.
50 Shades of White.
Some people want instant and dramatic results, while others prefer more gradual whitening. The final results will depend on your natural tooth colour, any stubborn stains and the kind of treatment you choose. Remember, a change of just two or three shades can make a noticeable difference.
We will help you to choose the right option.
At Alkali Dental Studios we offer two reliable, safe and effective home tooth whitening systems, and in both cases you would come to the studio so the dentist can examine your teeth to make sure you are suitable for teeth whitening. During the examination the dentist would check to see if:
- You have one tooth in particular that is dark
- Your teeth have any special characteristics
- You have veneers, crowns, or specific marks
- You have dark burns on your teeth caused by taking antibiotics when younger
The presence of any of these factors matters, as not all bleaching treatments and hydrogen peroxide-based products are effective on all kinds of stains.
Let’s explore the different options available and what they involve:
Zoom! Home Whitening System
Zoom whitening is done by yourself at home, at night. The process begins with a visit to the studio, where we will take impressions of your teeth and create tight fitting moulds. These moulds are made of clear, barely visible acrylic and sit around your teeth to keep the gel in place. Full instructions on how to use this home system will be given by your dentist. It’s quite simple: You place the Zoom whitening gel into the trays and wear them overnight whilst you’re sleeping.
How does it work?
The gel will be given to you in capsules, along with full instructions regarding how to apply it.
Each capsule holds enough gel to cover your upper and lower teeth for at least one application.
You only need a very small amount to take your teeth into a new territory of whiteness and the beginning of a whole new smile.It uses a new gel mixture that can enhance your teeth up to six shades whiter in just three nights.
How long does it take?
You can wear the gel at night and each day you will find that your teeth are a little bit brighter.
The beauty of this treatment is that you are in control of the whiteness of your teeth and so you can decide when you’re happy and want to stop. This makes it ideal for patients who just want their teeth to be a little bit brighter.
What results can I expect?
Zoom home whitening is also ideal if you want gradual results. If, for example, you start using the gel on a Monday, you will start seeing results by mid-week, and you’ll have a brighter, whiter smile ready to go out on the town on Friday and Saturday!
KOR Professional Home Tooth Whitening
Another available home tooth whitening treatment is the KOR system, which works by restoring your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. KOR home whitening is a state of the art, high-performance technique that allows the gel to be absorbed more deeply. Consequently, the results can be spectacular. With this technique, the custom-made trays are designed to prevent saliva from interfering with the procedure. The problem with saliva is that it can hinder the whitening treatment, which can be disastrous when it comes to transforming teeth for a winning smile.
With KOR home tooth whitening, we use a special type of gel made from a more advanced, but very safe, chemical blend. The whitening reservoirs around the teeth are also much more accurate. This means that it’s possible to whiten teeth far more intensely and thoroughly than with other available treatments.
The process begins in the studio in Putney, where we will make your custom made trays. The KOR home kit contains the desensitising lotion and whitening gel. Each night before bed you place the desensitising lotion on the tops of your teeth. This stops the oxygen getting in and the gel is locked in place by the custom made trays.In the morning you’ll see a big change in the colour of your teeth in a short time.
Is it suitable for me?
This is an advanced whitening treatment and it’s principally suitable for two kinds of cases.
The first case is people who are in the media. Understandably, those who work in the media need their smile to be the best it can possibly be. They are in the spotlight (quite literally, a lot of the time!) and with those bright lights and cameras picking up every tiny detail, it is important that their teeth look as bright, white and clean as possible.
The second case is people who have some damage to their teeth. For example, some patients have dark burns on their teeth due to being treated with an antibiotic called Tetracycline when they were younger. These dark burns can leave people feeling very self-conscious about their smile, and other whitening treatments may not have been able to solve the problem.
Like we said earlier, how white your teeth will go depends on how discoloured or stained your teeth are to start with, as well as the natural colour of your teeth.
If you’d like to discover more about teeth whitening in Putney, we’ll be covering this in more detail in parts 2 and 3 of this series. Find out how we can help you – book in for a consultation today HERE