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Teeth Whitening

Before and after effects of teeth whiteningDo your stained teeth make you feel self-conscious when you smile? Certain kinds of tooth stains may respond well to teeth whitening. More patients than ever are willing to pay for whiter, brighter teeth. But how well and safely can tooth whitening work?



What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening involves the process of teeth being bleached in order to whiten them. There are several methods that can be utilised but the most common is the application of whitening gels over a sustained period of time. With this, the treatment can lighten the colour of your teeth by many shades.

What happens during teeth whitening?

Prior to your whitening treatment, you will need to attend the dental practice for two to three appointments. Our dentist’s will take an impression to make a custom-made mouthguard and go over instructions on how to use the whitening products we give to you. Whitening gel is then applied every night for 3-4 weeks to whiten your teeth.

Who can perform teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening should only be done by a dentist or another licensed dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, under a dentist’s direction. Some beauty shops provide teeth whitening services, but doing so without a dentist present is against the law and could endanger your oral health.

Additionally, DIY kits for at-home teeth whitening are available, but they could also be a health risk.

How do teeth become stained?

Numerous factors can produce teeth staining. Many foods and beverages can stain teeth, and tooth discolouration can also result from a number of biological reasons, such as the transparency of your tooth enamel.

Some causes of discolouration can be avoidable, while others are out of your control. The following are commons causes of tooth discolouration:

  • Food & Drink: Red wine, dark sodas, coffee, tea, and even some fruits and vegetables have all been linked to stained teeth.
  • Tobacco: Smoking cigarettes and chewing tobacco both have the potential to stain teeth.
  • Oral Care: Discoloured teeth can result from poor dental care, such as insufficient brushing or flossing.

Benefits of teeth whitening

Patients typically choose teeth whitening because they are dissatisfied with the way their smile looks. Teeth whitening can help people who feel self-conscious about their smile. The fact that teeth whitening is less expensive than veneers is a lesser-known advantage of the procedure. Teeth whitening might also be the ideal process to change the appearance of your smile, and it only takes a short amount of time to complete the procedure.

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

No matter which course of treatment you choose, it’s possible that the chemicals used in teeth whitening will irritate your gums, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. Anyone considering using a home whitening kit should be extremely cautious because many of these kits contain unapproved whitening agents. Any procedure performed by unlicensed dental experts might also gravely harm your teeth and gums. Those offered by licensed dentists are a safe procedure, however.

Is teeth whitening permanent?

The effects of teeth whitening treatment can vary from patient to patient. For some, the results will be seen for as many as three years, whilst others will only experience a whiter smile for a few months.

What teeth whitening treatments are available at 33 Dental?

33 Dental in Leicester currently offers two types of teeth whitening systems.

They are both home-based teeth whitening kits. Whitening trays are made for both your top & bottom teeth by taking impressions that hold the whitening gel. This bespoke offering would not be available via over-the-counter purchases.

You will then receive a teeth-whitening kit from your dentist, complete with trays and gel. The majority of patients wear the tray overnight, as advised by their dentist. While it could take a few weeks to get the exact shade of white you want, most people do so in two to four weeks.

We use Pola Whitening (Pola day and Pola night) contain fluoride, which helps prevent tooth sensitivity. The distinctive, high-water content of the whitening method safeguards your gums throughout the procedure.

We also use Enlighten; this is also a take home kit. However, offers a boost appointment where you come into the surgery and we use a higher strength whitening gel over the course of an hour. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable treatment following a consultation.

At 33 Dental, your oral health is our number one priority. If you feel as though you may require dental treatment or are concerned with your health care, please get in touch with us via phone on 0116 464 9002 or fill out our contact form and a member of the team will get back to you to discuss treatment options.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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