Teeth Whitening

Studies show that our smile is one of the most noticed and remembered features when we meet someone new.

In this era of social media and constant celebrity selfies it’s easy to understand why! Luckily, modern dentistry means that a bright and confident smile is now an accessible and affordable luxury for everyone.

With a range of easy, comfortable and convenient treatments available don’t feel the need to hide your teeth- smile confidently and give them something to remember!

Tooth whitening is a quick and safe way to refresh and transform your smile- resulting in a healthy and more youthful appearance.

Treatment is pain-free, convenient and results can be seen from the first application.

Why do our teeth discolour?

Over time, our teeth naturally start to discolour- unfortunately this is a part of the ageing process- and it happens to everyone.

There are a number of reasons for this- often it is simply down to lifestyle and the effects of consuming dark food and drink items (coffee, tea, red wine and berries) over long periods of time.

Activities such as smoking stain the teeth from white to more of a yellow or grey. Darkening of the teeth can also be caused by damage to a tooth or the long-term use of certain medications.

No matter how well you look after your teeth it is impossible to stop this colour change- because stains build on the inside, as well as on the outside, of the teeth. Therefore, no amount of brushing or scaling and polishing by the hygienist will stop it.

How can my teeth be whitened?

There are a variety of products available- some are provided in surgery, while others can be supplied as handy ‘home-use’ kits.

Chairside whitening systems are generally more powerful and will give more intense and noticeable results in a quicker time. Before treatment, your gums will be protected with a special gel or specially designed cover, bleach is then applied directly to your teeth and a UV light applied to quickly lighten the tooth colour. The process will take around one hour. Results should be instant- but may require more than one treatment depending on the shade you are aiming for.
Home whitening kits can be supplied to you for use at your convenience. In order to do this, impressions of your teeth will be taken and a special tray will be made. You will be instructed on how to use a bleaching gel in the tooth tray and will need to wear it regularly for 30-60 minutes periods over several weeks.

Is tooth whitening suitable for me?

Tooth whitening is safe and suitable for use on the majority of people. It is normally possible to remove stains from most teeth- even those that are considered dead due to root damage.

Teeth with particularly bad staining as a result of tetracycline or fluorosis may not respond to treatment- or may require several doses.

Prosthetic devices such as crowns, fillings, dentures and bridges can’t be whitened. However, they can be replaced to match your new teeth, at an additional charge.

Treatment should be pain-free although you may notice a slight increase in sensitivity of the teeth and gums which should improve once treatment is finished.

Is tooth whitening safe?

Yes, when performed by a qualified dental health professional tooth whitening is safe. You should avoid the use of home kits which can be bought easily online. Also, you should never have your teeth whitened in beauty salons or hairdressing salons. Such treatments are unregulated and could result in long-term damage to your teeth and gums.

Icon – White Spot Treatment

Icon is a revolutionary treatment that can improve the appearance of white spots or a mottled appearance of teeth without drilling.

What causes white spots?

White spots are very common and can be caused by a range of factors including:

Fluorosis – this occurs when there is a very high fluoride intake when the adult teeth are developing

Decalcification – this is the loss of minerals from the enamel and can occur after orthodontic treatment

White spots on adult teeth due to trauma as a baby

How can they be treated?

In the past, the only way to treat teeth with white lesions was to cover these up with composite bonding or veneers. These types of treatments require the removal or destruction of healthy tooth material and are not favoured by modern dentists.

At Aesthetique Dental we offer a treatment called Icon which can restore the natural colour of your tooth with no need to drilling. This minimally invasive technique uses a process of infiltration to blend the white spots in with the rest of the tooth.

Before and after treatment

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