You too can have natural looking teeth
At The One To One Dental Clinic, we aim to offer you a full range of dental treatments, tailored to meet your individual requirements.
From home tray based whitening to in house Zoom Advanced power teeth whitening.There are a variety of choices and we can help you determine which are best suited for your needs.
What’s more, you can trust that our teeth whitening treatments have been extensively evaluated to provide a safe and proven way to lighten the shade of your smile.
Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular ways to enhance your smile. At The One To One Dental Clinic, we offer a range of teeth whitening options and our qualified dental professionals will provide you with all the facts you need to make an informed decision about your teeth.
Zoom Advanced Power Whitening
Professional bleaching is carried out by your dentist. It can be external or internal. If you have external bleaching, the gel is placed on the outer surfaces of your teeth. Internal bleaching involves the bleaching product being put inside your tooth. External bleaching is more common, as internal bleaching can only be used if you’ve had root canal treatment, making access to the inside of your tooth easier.
Power or laser bleaching can also be done by your dentist. He or she will place a rubber seal around your teeth to protect your gums. Then the bleaching gel is put onto your teeth and a special, bright light is used to speed up the whitening process. This treatment usually takes about one hour.
During this procedure a rubber dam is put over your teeth to protect the gums, and a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and the colour change can be achieved more quickly. Laser whitening can change tooth colour by up to five shades.
Why do our teeth become discoloured?
As you get older, your teeth naturally become darker. If you drink tea, coffee, red wine or consume other foods and drinks with strong stains, your teeth may become discoloured earlier in your life. Another major cause of discoloured is smoking, which can make your teeth appear yellow. Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up (a hardened form of plaque, which is formed by a film of bacteria on the surface of your teeth) can also contribute to discolouration.
Tooth whitening products can help to lighten your teeth. They usually contain either a chemical called hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. When these chemicals break down, oxygen gets into the hard outer surface (enamel) of your teeth, which whitens them. The whitening effects can last from a few months up to three years. This varies from person to person.
If you have tooth decay or gum disease, this will need to be treated before you have any whitening treatments. There are some instances when your dentist may recommend that you don’t have your teeth whitened. For example, bleaching isn’t usually recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for anyone under the age of 18 whose teeth are still developing.
Tray Based Tooth whitening
Tray based home teeth whitening using suitable for home teeth whitening treatments allows us to help you to achieve great results for a long time. We will then take impressions of your teeth which are then used to produce upper/lower trays made of a soft vinyl rubber.
The trays are tailored to fit the exact contours of your teeth and are specially moulded to fit into your mouth like a gum¬shield. This allows the home teeth whitening gel to closely contact your enamel to produce an all over, consistent, whiter smile.
The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
The first step in your home teeth whitening process is a consultation at The One To One Dental Clinic where we will provide you with your first treatment and will inform you how to use the trays at home. We will then provide you with syringes of whitening ge for home use, as well as your custom made trays, and will be able to answer any questions you have about home teeth whitening. You will be advised on the best period of time to wear the trays to achieve the desired results.
Once we have started your whitening treatment, you will need to continue the whitening as directed at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over several days for between 60 and 90 minutes per day. By applying a small amount of the gel to the specialized tray and fitting the tray onto your teeth, the home whitening system will remove most stains.
The teeth whitening gel produces oxygen which penetrates the tiny pores in the enamel surface of your teeth. The oxygen removes stains that may have become embedded in the enamel over the years using a safe and easy oxidation process. So why wait? Find out more about home teeth whitening with The One To One Dental Clinic today by calling 0207 486 0000
What are the alternatives to tooth whitening?
Simple ways to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth include:
brushing regularly with a fluoride toothpaste
cutting down on food and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as tea, coffee and red wine
visiting your dentist regularly – he or she can scale and polish your teeth to remove any tartar that has built up
Whitening toothpastes are slightly abrasive, which may help to remove surface staining, but don’t change the natural shade of your teeth. Experts are currently reviewing how effective whitening toothpastes are.
Over-the-counter tooth whitening kits
Over-the-counter whitening kits are sold in most major pharmacies throughout the UK. They usually contain rubber mouth trays (moulds that are approximately the same shape as your teeth) and tubes of bleaching gel. After squeezing some of the gel into the mouth trays, you place them over your teeth, usually for about 30 minutes at a time.
The bleaching ingredient in the gel is usually hydrogen peroxide. The kits will only contain weak hydrogen peroxide, so may not be as effective as the stronger products used by your dentist. Some products that you can buy over the counter are more effective than others. This depends on how much bleaching ingredient they contain.
Internal bleaching can only be done if you’ve had root canal treatment. This means that the blood vessels and nerves inside your tooth have been replaced with a rubber filling.
If you have internal bleaching, your dentist will drill a hole in your tooth and put the bleaching product into the hole. He or she will then use the hole that was previously made for your root treatment, although it may need to be made slightly larger. Your dentist will seal the hole with a temporary filling, leaving the bleach inside your tooth.
You will need to go back to return to us about a week later to have the temporary filling and bleach taken out. He or she will fill the hole with a tooth-coloured filling.
Risks and side-effects of whitening:
As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with tooth whitening. We have not included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your dentist to explain how these risks apply to you.
Side-effects are the unwanted, but mostly temporary effects you may get after the procedure.
Side-effects of tooth whitening include temporary sensitivity of your teeth to hot and cold, a sore throat, tender gums and white patches on your gums. These side-effects should disappear after a few days. Contact our clinic if the side-effects last for longer than this.