Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK.
Last year over a 100000 people underwent professional teeth whitening in the UK. Tooth whitening has a proven track record for safety and has been in use especially in the USA for over 80 years.
Some Facts To Remember If You’re Considering Teeth Whitening.
- Always get a dental professional to whiten your teeth, only they have the appropriate knowledge, training, and adequate safeguards in place. At Circle Dental, we are one of the leading teeth whitening centres in Trafford. We use a product called ‘Boutique Whitening’, we have had great results with it, with minimal sensitivity. But remember, teeth whitening works at varying degrees in different individuals sometimes you may need a longer course of treatment for a marked improvement. However with our regular 2 week course there will always be an improvement, provided all the instructions are followed.
- There are different ways to whiten teeth. Sometimes just a thorough scale and polish by a hygienist can lighten teeth by getting rid of the stains.
- Some toothpaste specifically marketed for teeth whitening may be abrasive and may damage tooth structure.
- The most effective tooth whitening is the take home whitening. In-office whitening (or Laser Whitening) gives an initial boost but is not as effective or longer lasting without additional home whitening.
- Using sensitive toothpaste for 2-3 weeks before starting treatment can help; some people experience more teeth sensitivity than others but it is quite normal. If you have sensitive avoid laser whitening.
- You don’t need strong whitening gel for effective results. Research shows low percentage gels to be safe and as effective.
- Teeth whitening doesn’t last forever and usually, you need topping up after 6-18 months. Keeping your trays safe and stored on models (when not in use) helps retain their shape and reduces costs for future treatment.
- Dental Crowns, Veneers or white fillings do not whiten during treatment and you may need these replacing if there is a mismatch in colour following the treatment.
- Teeth are porous so they can pick up stains like sponges, whitening works by pushing out stains accumulated over the years. You may need combination of teeth cleaning and teeth whitening to get the best results. Sometimes the staining can be deeply ingrained in the teeth for example from antibiotics use during the early years of teeth development, this type of staining is harder to treat and may need prolonged teeth whitening.
To book your teeth whitening consultation at your dentist in Stretford, call us on 0161 748 2605.
Natural teeth can be lost through trauma and dental disease.
To date there is nothing that can match mother nature. The options for missing teeth tend to include a denture, a bridge or a dental implant. A denture is a removable option but can affect speech and may increase plaque retention. A bridge is a fixed option but its fabrication may require irreversible preparation of a tooth or teeth. This is no longer considered to be the optimal treatment, especially if the teeth to be used in a bridge are healthy and unfilled.
Dental implants are becoming a more accepted treatment for many patients throughout the world wishing to replace their missing teeth.
So what is an implant?
An implant is generally made out of titanium which is a metal used in various aspects of medicine and is well known for its excellent healing properties in the human body. The implant acts similar to a tooth root and is directly anchored within the jaw bone so it can be used to support a crown or if several implants are used they can be used to retain a bridge or loose dentures.
How long have implants been around for?
Throughout history various attempts have been made to discover materials which could be used as a dental implant. A major break through came in 1965 when Professor Branemark placed the first titanium root type implant into a human jaw bone. His research dated back to 1952 so the technology has been around for over half a century. To date millions of implants have been placed world wide and there is an excellent success rate. Implants have continued to improve in their design and features which have enabled us to place them even in the most complex situations.
Are implants for life?
I would like to say yes but as with everything it is how you treat and care for them. Implants can indeed last a life time in a well cared for mouth but if not then like anything in life they will not last. Implants like teeth can be affected by the bacteria in the mouth and if not cleaned can get gum disease like teeth. Therefore, they are not fit and forget and regular attendance at your dentist is needed for inspection and hygiene
So who should place implants?
Not every dentist has been trained to place or restore the implants. Special training is required as well as a sound understanding of the principles that surround them. Our team in Heaton Moor Dental is highly trained with our main surgeon achieving a Masters Degree in dental Implantology with a distinction and our head nurse having worked in this field for over 2 decades. We have invested in the latest technologies to ensure that our implants are the best they can be.
Do implants hurt?
The placement of an implant will require a small surgical procedure similar to a tooth extraction and a filling combined. There may be little or some swelling and bruising depending on the complexity required but this would be discussed beforehand. We have not had anyone say yet that it wasn’t worth it though and dental implant treatment can be life changing.
How should I get started with the process?
A dental implant requires careful planning prior to its placement so a consultation and possibly a 3 dimensional scan may be needed. We would be happy to discuss this with you further or please contact our surgical lead Lynn if you would like a chat.
Our contact details are email@example.com or phone us on 0161 637 4041 if you’d like to know more.