Posted on March 29, 2016 by Dr Pardeep Padda in Smile Makeover (clinic: Basingstoke)
We don't want to make everyone's teeth look like a row of piano keys! We want to help people to have natural smiles which give them confidence. Others will judge us based on our appearance. We all know that a major part of the first impression we make is from our smile and state of our teeth. In a 2007 study, 81% of people said that a smile is the dominant feature of facial appearance.
Yellow teeth are not stronger than white teeth. Not all discolouration problems are due to the same cause, and so they need to be addressed in different ways. One size does not fit all! Whitening toothpastes do not whiten the shade of teeth effectively; they harness mild abrasives to reduce the amount of staining that collects on the surface of our teeth. A lot of over-the-counter whitening kits are ineffective and some (especially ones that do not come from the UK) can be harmful.
'In Surgery' whitening systems leave the teeth dehydrated, which means they look a lot whiter than they really are. The 'wow factor' quickly wears off. If your teeth get too white with 'In Surgery' systems there's nothing that can be done to reverse this quickly. The bright blue lights used as part of these systems offer little or no proven benefit. The benefit is predominately by warming the gel and speeding things up. There's a lot of hype and marketing that goes into them!
'At Home' systems tend to offer longer lasting results, with easier options for top-ups at later dates. Non-dental professions who offer tooth whitening often use unidentified chemicals, the effects of which are not known. Many non-dental professionals who carry out tooth whitening are breaking the law.
Our enVisage dental clinic in Basingstoke offers tooth whitening and has a wealth of experience in different systems. Our team have carried out post-graduate training in tooth whitening to ensure we can offer care which puts your health and well-being at the core of everything we do. Being a Gold Member of the British Dental Bleaching Society has helped me ensure that all those at my practice are providing treatment to high standards and treatment that the profession would consider to be best practice.
If you are interested in whitening or any of our services then do call our reception team on 01256 461 888, or email on [email protected].