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Ultra Sonic Scale and Polish

 

The dentist cleans your teeth by removing plaque and tartar using an ultrasonic cleaner


However, the most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms on your teeth that comes from food, drink etc.


Regular professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, combined with looking after your teeth and gums properly at home will help keep your mouth healthy. A clean healthy mouth will improve your appearance, help you to keep your teeth and give you fresh breath.

Scaling and polishing is a pain free experience, it can be provided by your dentist or hygienist. 

Having your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist or hygienist before having teeth whitening treatment is a good idea as you may have a build up of plaque tartar or debris from foods that may not allow your teeth to achieve the maximum whitening results. Also if you have inflamed gums, the whitening process may not work and may irritate the inflamed gums. 

Our dentist will carry out a full consultation on the health of your mouth, teeth and gums before the whitening process and will even give your teeth a light clean and polish before the treatment but this will not be a full deep hygiene clean. 

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. It lightens teeth and helps to remove stains & discolouration. The whitening process will lighten your teeth’s existing colour by several shades depending on the current shade and health of your teeth. This is not a one time procedure, you will need to maintain your brighter whiter smile and we recommend repeating the process every 6-12 months depending on how well you look after your oral hygiene at home.


The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel, the colour of your natural teeth is created by the reflection and scattering of light off the enamel combined with the colour of the dentine under it. Tooth enamel also contains pores that can hold stains. The most common reasons for your teeth discolouring are;

 

  • Teeth naturally become more yellow as we age

  • Using tobacco

  • Drinking dark coloured liquids such as Tea, Coffee, Cola, Red Wine etc

  • Not taking good care of your teeth

It is possible to have stains inside your teeth, they are called Intrinsic stains. These can be caused by exposure to too much fluoride as a child while teeth are developing often causes include Tetracycline antibiotic. Trauma may also darken a tooth. 
Teeth whitening is most effective on surface stains. Other dental problems can affect the success of teeth whitening: 

 

  • Cavities(tooth decay)

  • If your gums have receded

  • Whitening gel also does not work on;

  • Ceramic or porcelain crowns

  • Veneers

  • Dentures

  • Fillings

Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by calculus or tartar.


Whitening can be done in a dental clinic, at home or a combination of the two. We in Whitening Smile Sevenoaks provide in clinic and home whitening kits.

Our dentist will examine your teeth and ask you questions to find out what cause the staining and will also be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment and what are your expectations from the treatment.

 

 

How It Works


Each one hour appointment begins with a consultation/ examination. The teeth are then prepared with a light clean & polish. We do not use mouth trays so the formula (6% H202 gel) is applied by the dentist to each individual tooth. Along with the formula we use an activation lamp. This is used to accelerate the whitening process. After 20 minutes the gel is removed and the dentist will repeat the process to give you the best possible result within the one hour session. Once the second treatment is complete, the gel is completely removed.


We will then provide you with our after care leaflet to take home with you.

Before

After

Side Affects of teeth whitening

 

  • Soft Tissue irritation

  • Blistering

  • Hypersensitivity to the teeth

Irritation typically occurs when either an ill fitted tray or the whitening agent is in direct contact

with the gum tissue for a prolonged period of time. 


The side affects are considered mild and temporary, these issues are usually resolved within hours

up to to a maximum of 4 days.

Who Should NOT undergo the whitening treatment?

  • Anybody under the age of 18

  • Pregnant women or those breastfeeding

  • Patients with gum disease

  • Patients with broken and discoloured teeth or restorations, exposed roots incomplete dental works.,

Our Bespoke Home Whitening Package Provides


A professional in clinic and home teeth whitening package. Our dentist will assess and advise every step of the way. There will be free consultations available before, during and after the home kit process. Advice will also be given on your diet to assist in keeping your teeth as white as possible. You will receive the following service from our dentist and professional staff

 

  • A comprehensive check up and analysis of your suitability for the teeth whitening process

 

  • Impressions / moulds of your upper and lower teeth taken to allow the manufacture of bespoke bleaching trays. The trays are made by a General Dental Council registered Dental Technician.

 

  • Prior to you commencing your home teeth whitening our dentist will clean your teeth to a standard that will facilitate a good result from the whitening process.

  • The dentist will also provide 2 x 20 minute in clinic teeth whitening procedures. This will give you the best possible start to your home whitening.

 

  • At this time you will be provided with the bespoke bleaching trays prepared from your personal moulds, the gel to use during the home process and comprehensive advise on how to use the home whitening kits. The information will include how to identify and problems that may occur and what to do if you do encounter problems.

 

  • The gel supplied to you for the teeth whitening is 16% Carbamide Peroxide widely used for professional dental  home kits, this product will not damage your teeth.

 

  • The home process can take from 14 to 28 days this will depend on your own experience, the dentist will provide thorough advice on what to expect during this process.

 

Our service gives you, our client the best possible chance to attain the whitest teeth possible and allow you to smile in confidence. We also believe the our charge for this bespoke, in house and at home service is affordable and most importantly realistic for the experience we aim to provide.

 

The teeth whitening gel used in our kits will only whiten natural teeth, the gel will not whiten bonding, caps, crowns, bridges, fillings, teeth with root canal treatments, tetracycline stained teeth, exposed root portion of teeth which occurs with gum recession.

Side Affects of teeth whitening

 

  • Soft Tissue irritation

  • Blistering

  • Hypersensitivity to the teeth

Irritation typically occurs when either an ill fitted tray or the whitening agent is in direct contact

with the gum tissue for a prolonged period of time. 


The side affects are considered mild and temporary, these issues are usually resolved within hours

up to to a maximum of 4 days.

Who Should NOT undergo the whitening treatment?

  • Anybody under the age of 18

  • Pregnant women or those breastfeeding

  • Patients with gum disease

  • Patients with broken and discoloured teeth or restorations, exposed roots incomplete dental works.,