Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.
There are many causes for teeth becoming darker. The comments reasons are:
- Teeth becoming stained by the everyday food and drink we consume; especially from tea, coffee, red wine and many deeply coloured vegetables.
- Smoking will also discolour teeth; the naturally bright, light shades of enamel becoming yellow and darkened with 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 that results in loss of its vitality. These changes can be the result of decay or trauma, resulting in the tooth going dark.
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 need to be removed.
What is the solution then?
Simple! whitening of the teeth after a good hygiene visit.
The active elements of the whitening penetrates the tooth enamel, attaching and breaking stain particles apart and removing them, giving a brighter smile. You have several options for whitening.
- Whitening in the surgery, ZOOM, only £295
Zoom Whitening is a one hour power whitening that can whiten teeth by up to several shades, brightening your teeth dramatically to their new natural shade. 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. Whiter, brighter teeth in less than an hour.
Advantages: Is quick, only need one visit, ideal for when a social event is coming up and there is no time.
Disadvantage: The result can fade away quicker than Home Whitening system.
- Home Whitening, only £195
The whitening can be done at any time when it suits your life style and at your leisure. Home whitening is one the easiest, cheapest and most effective whitening systems that can produce good result. A whitening gel is placed in a tray, custom-made to fit your teeth, which you can wear whilst asleep or for short periods during the day. Results are normally seen over a two weeks period. It certainly is not the same as over the counter systems!
Advantages: More control over the procedure and the result as can stop it at any time or continue if wishes so. results tend to last longer as is produced slower than the chair side whitening systems.
Disadvantage: None really! you just need to be patient with it as it needs time to get the desirable result.
- Combination of Home and Zoom Whitening systems, only £399
It may be referred to as the ultimate form of whitening as it combines the Zoom Whitening and Home Whitening systems together. Therefore benefitting from advantages of both systems and reducing the disadvantages of each system. It tends to produce the best results in the shortest possible time. It can be done in any order, Zoom first followed only by few nights of home whitening. Or Home whitening first followed by Zoom.
The only disadvantage is that it cost slightly more but much less than one would think. Just a little more than cost of Zoom alone. Please see our fee page for the cost of each option.
- Enlighten Evolution whitening, only £525
Enlighten Evolution whitening system is one 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. It benefits from very 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. It is believed by many professionals to be the ultimate form of tooth whitening.
Advantages: it guarantees VITA shade B1.
Disadvantage: it is not as fast of Zoom + Home Whitening system. The “marie clare” has done an interesting comparison of the combinations systems of Enlighten Evolution and Zoom + Home whitening.