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Dentist Chippenham – Tooth Whitening

At London Road Dental Practice Chippenham we find that home tooth whitening works very well using low dose whitening agents to keep any sensitivity to a minimum. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks after the trays have been constructed.

We supply you with everything that you need to make teeth whitening as straight forward as possible. Our teeth whitening solutions do not damage teeth and has been found to be very predictable. A top up for a few days may be required every 6 months or so.
Teeth whitening is often a better solution than veneers or crowns to whiten teeth.

The British Dental Association give the following statement on Tooth Whitening:

1. Whitening is safe

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.

You’ll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you’re likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

3. The preferred option

Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

4. Selecting the right option for you

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

5. How it works

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.

Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the ‘nerve’ has died.

6. What to expect

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion. 

7. Over the counter kits might not be safe

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.

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Teeth Whitening

At London Road Dental Practice Chippenham we find that home tooth whitening works very well using low dose whitening agents to keep any sensitivity to a minimum. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks after the trays have been constructed.

Visit our Teeth Whitening Page for more information on our services.

We supply you with everything that you need to make teeth whitening as straight forward as possible. Our teeth whitening solutions do not damage teeth and has been found to be very predictable. A top up for a few days may be required every 6 months or so.
Teeth whitening is often a better solution than veneers or crowns to whiten teeth.

 

The British Dental Association give the following statement on Tooth Whitening:

1. Whitening is safe

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.

You’ll get to see on a chart what shade your teeth are before the treatment and what shade you’re likely to achieve. At the end of the treatment the dentist will show you the actual result so you can understand how effective it was. You will also see when you look in the mirror!

2. Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth

It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.

3. The preferred option

Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.

4. Selecting the right option for you

Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.

5. How it works

A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.

Like hair and skin, teeth vary in colour. Some are yellower or darker than others, even when they are quite healthy. Teeth tend to get darker as people get older. Teeth sometimes become darker if their roots have been damaged or diseased and the ‘nerve’ has died.

6. What to expect

You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion. 

7. Over the counter kits might not be safe

The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.

Tooth colour can be lightened with Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach) and how strong the dose needs to be will be decided by your dentist.

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Restorative Dentistry

We use both tooth coloured and amalgam fillings for this treatment since each material has a particular benefit that can result in a more predictable outcome – and we want our dentistry to last!

But whatever material is used, the correct placement techniques are required and these often involve a little extra time and care and as part of the examination consultation, we will discuss the pros and cons of each material’s suitability.

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Preventative Dentistry

At London Road Dental Practice, we feel prevention is better than cure and with regular dental examinations and visits, our dental hygienists can help you maintain good oral health.

Where fillings fail or holes occur, we aim to pick them up early as small fillings generally last longer than larger ones.

Dentistry is not rocket science and a common sense treatment plan keeps dentistry simple which makes treatments more predictable and better value for money.

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Hygienist

Gum (periodontal) disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss. But regular visits with a hygienist can play a vital role in the prevention of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.

If left untreated, gum disease can result in the loss of the tooth’s foundations which can ultimately lead to becoming “long in the tooth” (not age related), and wobbly teeth.

Gum disease has been linked to general health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.

Hygiene therapy is crucial in modern dentistry especially as we are now keeping our teeth longer – we have a two way partnership, working together.

Visit our Dental Hygienist Page for more information.

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