Tooth Whitening

At New Square Dental Practice, we understand how an attractive smile can significantly improve confidence, which is why we offer a range of aesthetic dentistry to help you achieve your perfect smile.

There are many factors that can contribute to and cause Tooth discolouration.. The most common being age, coffee, tea, red wine, tobacco, medication (eg tetracycline), fluoride and certain meals. For most of us, we experience these factors everyday, which is why Tooth is so popular. In most cases it can help to reverse these effects, and is therefore one way to help improve your confidence in your smile.

Tooth whitening treatments offered:

 

Home whitening

The dentist will take some impressions of your teeth, which are then sent to a dental laboratory. There they make customised soft acrylic trays (similar to a sports guard) which fit your teeth perfectly and are comfortable to wear (even through the night allowing you to whiten as you sleep). These are  fitted by the dentist to ensure the best results. The trays are then taken home for you to use at your convenience. A whitening gel (consisting of carbamide peroxide) is placed within the tray to sit against the teeth. The trays are worn for 3-8 hours daily for 1-3 weeks. Alternatively for very busy individuals a different formulation allows trays that are worn for 30 minutes a day for 10-14 days. The whitening gel can then be used to top up the whitening as and when you feel the teeth have picked up discolouration.

 

Stain Removal

We also offer a stain removal treatment which, rather than lightening the overall appearance of the teeth as with whitening, can effectively remove specific superficial stains. Superficial staining from tea, coffee, red wine, smoking and other dietary sources, form a layer on the enamel surface. This layer also alters the way light reflects off the enamel surface resulting in the teeth appearing dull, lackluster and prematurely aged. Often the true shade of the teeth is masked and patients may not realise that their teeth are lighter than they appear due to this staining.

The Stain Removal System is a non abrasive powder-air-water jet stream that lifts superficial staining off the surface with minimum discomfort .The jet stream allows a more complete way of removing stains as it can access in areas between teeth, the grooves and fissures that harbor the stain.

Stain removal is recommended before tooth whitening as it cleans the enamel surfaces thoroughly to allow contact with the whitening agents. It also allows the true shade change of the enamel to be monitored.