Teeth whitening is a safe, simple and an affordable way to remove the dark colours from your teeth and to light up your face with a whiter, brighter smile. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and depends also on the type of bleaching used during the teeth whitening process.
There are many causes for teeth becoming darker. Some of the common reasons are:
- Teeth get stained by the everyday food and drink we consume; tea, coffee, red wine and many deeply coloured vegetables cause stains on the teeth.
- Smoking will also discolour teeth; the naturally bright, light shades of enamel turn yellow and become darkened due to the deposits of tar and nicotine.
- As we age and our tooth enamel wears thinner, the natural yellow colour of the dentine under the tooth enamel starts to show through, giving that dull, dark look to your teeth.
- Biological changes in the nerve house of a tooth results in loss of its vitality. These changes can be the result of decay or trauma and they can give your teeth that dark look.
Even with a perfect oral hygiene routine it may not be possible to remove these stains and colours, as the stain particles penetrate into the inner structure of the tooth and can be removed only by a proper teeth whitening process.
Teeth whitening procedure may not work for everyone. It will not be suitable if you have fitted crowns or have large fillings in your front teeth.
After preparing the teeth with a hygiene treatment, teeth whitening is the first step for having a beautiful smile and nicer teeth. You have several options for teeth whitening.
- Home Whitening, simplest, effective and usually the cheapest option.
With home whitening, teeth whitening can be done at your convenient time and at your leisure. Home whitening is one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective teeth whitening systems that can produce good result. This is how it works. A whitening gel is placed in a tray, custom-made to fit your teeth, which you can wear while sleeping or for short periods during the day. Results are normally seen over a two-week period.
Advantages: : You exercise more control over the procedure, you can monitor the progress, and you can stop it at any time you wish. Results from this teeth whitening method tend to last longer as it is produced slower than the chair side whitening systems at the clinic.
Disadvantage: None really! You just need to be patient with this process as it needs time to give you the desirable result.
- ZOOM Teeth Whitening.
Zoom Whitening is a light activated chair side teeth whitening process done at the clinic that can whiten teeth by up to several shades. It brightens your teeth dramatically to their new natural shade in a matter of 1-2 hours. This is how it works. Your lips and gums are covered for protection and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. You get whiter, brighter teeth in less than an hour.
Advantages:This teeth whitening process is real quick and is completed in a single visit. You can opt for this process when a social event is coming up and you need to give your teeth a quick makeover.
Disadvantage:The result can fade away quicker than Home Whitening system.
- Combination of Home and Zoom teeth whitening systems.
This process may be referred to as the ultimate form of teeth whitening as it combines the Zoom Whitening and Home Whitening systems together. You stand to benefit from the advantages of both systems and reduce the disadvantages of each system. It tends to produce the best results in the shortest possible time. It can be done in any order. You can start with Zoom and then follow it up by a few nights of Home Whitening. Or you can do Home Whitening first and then follow up with Zoom.The cost is slightly more but much less than one would think. It costs just a little more than what you pay for Zoom Whitening process, but for that little extra amount you gain the benefits of two whitening systems. Please see our fee page for the cost of each of the teeth whitening options.
- Enlighten Evolution teeth whitening, only £525
Enlighten Evolution teeth whitening system is one of the latest technological developments in tooth whitening that again combines the Home Whitening and In Surgery whitening systems together and guarantees VITA shade B1, which is whitest natural colour. This teeth whitening system comes with well fitting home whitening trays that are worn for 2 weeks at home over the night, followed by 45 minutes of chair side treatment using the trays. Many professionals believe this method to be the ultimate form of tooth whitening.
Advantages: This form of teeth whitening guarantees VITA shade B1.
Disadvantage: : It is not as fast as Zoom + Home Whitening system.
The popular magazine ‘Marie Claire’ has done an interesting article comparing the combination systems of Enlighten Evolution whitening and Zoom + Home whitening. You can check out the article by clicking the following link: http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/uncategorised/enlighten-versus-zoom-best-tooth-whitening-london-9792
Home whitening £199
Zoom whitening, up to four 15 minutes cycles, only £299
Combination of home and Zoom whitening, £399
Guarantees VITA shade B1
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