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  • Writer's pictureHereford Dentist Andrew F

Thinking of a White Christmas?

At Broad Street Dental Surgery we are currently offering a great discount in our tooth whitening. We only use UK based recognised laboratories to produce accurately fitting whitening trays and industry leading whitening gels containing 16% Carbide Peroxide.

These are the seven things you need to know about Teeth Whitening, listed by the British Dental Association.

1. Whitening is safe

If carried out by a trained professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.

2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

It is illegal for anyone other than dental care professional to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers and salon staff) won’t have the right training or knowledge. They could permanently damage your teeth and gums, and cannot help if things go wrong.

3. The preferred option

Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after. It can be used together with other cosmetic treatments such as tooth straightening or replacing amalgam fillings.

4. Selecting the right product for you

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will result in poor outcomes.

5. How it works

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit your mouth. Your Dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you are after.

6. What to expect

You may experience some sensitivity for short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion.

7. Over the counter kits may not be safe

The products you buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results that you can expect by visiting your dentist.

What do we offer? We offer a home tooth whitening kit. This gives you a fast whiter smile which can help boost your self image and confidence.

How does it work? The treatment is a take home kit to be applied to your teeth in the comfort of your own home as directed by your dentist.

An impression of your teeth is taken by your dentist. A custom made tray is made for you to take home with your own kit of whitening agent. Brush and floss teeth. Take a syringe out of the kit. Remove the cap and insert a dispensing tip by twisting it securely onto the syringe. Place a small drop of gel into every compartment of the tray for the teeth undergoing treatment. Seat the tray with the gel around your teeth. Wipe away any excess gel on the gums with your finger, a tissue or a dry soft tooth brush . Your dentist will supply you with carbamide peroxide gel. Wear the trays in your mouth as directed by your dentist. After treatment, remove tray. Rinse tray and mouth with lukewarm water to avoid thermal sensitivity. Brush teeth. Repeat the procedure as instructed by your dentist. Please be aware that in a small number of cases the change may be minimal.

Dentist Andrew Farr

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