Have you got a list of great events lined up this summer that you’ve had to buy wonderful new clothes for? Do you expect to be in a lot of selfies as well as those official photographs that can spend decades on people’s mantlepieces? Your clothes will look wonderful but are your teeth up to scratch, or will you be having to smile with your mouth closed so that your discolourations are not recorded for posterity?
That would be a great shame when getting teeth whitening in Hammersmith with your friendly team at Kings Dental Clinic is so easy. Teeth whitening is great for removing surface stains from tea, coffee, red wine, various berries and other highly pigmented food, as well as tobacco. If you’ve been going to the hygienist hoping to come out with all your staining removed and that hasn’t been the case, then come in for whitening.
How does teeth whitening work?
The active ingredient in teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide, which as you can see from the chemical formula is water with an extra oxygen molecule. It’s been in use for about 200 years as a safe way to bleach things like clothes and hair and also as disinfectant. When it goes on stained teeth it works its way into the pores and gently lifts out stains, which are molecules of whatever it was you ingested built up over the years.
We offer two kinds of whitening here in Kings Dental Clinic. If time is of the essence, you can have your whitening done in the dental chair in an appointment that takes about an hour. We protect your gums and lips with plastic barriers and brush the gel onto your teeth. It is activated by a lamp and you just relax until the bleaching has reached the shade you require.
You can also do teeth whitening at home using a milder gel, which you put into custom-made tooth trays and wear for a few hours each day. This way takes about two weeks, but the plus is you now have trays that you can use for top-up treatments.
Do you have yellow and stained teeth that make you feel uncomfortable about smiling? Though not as serious as other dental conditions, yellow and discoloured teeth can cost you your confidence and self-esteem. Luckily, improving the colour of your teeth can be achieved with professional teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening in Hammersmith is a quick and effective cosmetic treatment. At Kings Dental Clinic, we are passionate about making sure our patients have smiles they feel proud of. We deliver two types of teeth whitening – power whitening and home whitening. Both treatments are safe and can whiten your teeth by several shades.
Common causes of yellow and discoloured teeth
Generally, yellow teeth do not signify a serious health condition. Most people see their teeth darken as their age, while poor oral hygiene is a common cause of discoloured teeth. Smoking is also responsible for staining the teeth as well as common foods and drinks including coffee, tea and dark-coloured berries. Last but not least, yellow teeth are sometimes related to certain medications, while some people may simply have them due to genetic reasons.
While there are a wealth of different factors that can influence the aesthetic appearance of your teeth, it’s important to remember that you can always speak to your dentist about different ways to protect them.
Teeth whitening in Hammersmith
Power whitening is a very simple and effective procedure for those who wish to whiten their teeth quickly in preparation for a special occasion. This type of whitening can last an hour or so and can be completed at the dental practice in one visit. Your dentist will protect your gums with a special protector and then apply concentrated whitening gel on your teeth. They will then position a special light against your teeth. This light will activate the procedure, removing stains and discolouration from your teeth.
Home whitening, on the other hand, involves a custom-made, lightweight plastic mouth tray that fits comfortably over your teeth. Your dentist will provide you with a whitening gel to use along with the tray while at home for a few hours every day (or at night). Your teeth will appear whiter and brighter almost two weeks after the beginning of the treatment.
If you are embarrassed about stained or discoloured teeth, now could be the perfect time to give them a brightness boost. Teeth whitening treatment, when carried out by a dentist, is a fast, safe and effective way to add some sparkle to your smile.
Depending on the option you choose, teeth whitening can take from two weeks to just one hour. It’s the perfect way to improve your smile before a special occasion – a job interview, business presentation or, as it’s Valentine’s month, a special date.
At King’s Dental’s Southwark and Hammersmith practices, our skilled cosmetic dentists offer two options for teeth whitening treatment: home whitening and in-practice power whitening. The best option for you will depend on your individual needs, preferences and budget – your cosmetic dentist will talk you through both options at your teeth whitening consultation.
Option 1: Power whitening
Power whitening takes place here at the dental practice. Your dentist will protect your lips and gums with a barrier and will place special whitening gel on your teeth. A lamp is used to activate the bleaching process – all you need to do is sit back and relax for an hour. When treatment is complete your teeth will look several shades brighter.
Option 2: Home whitening
Your dentist will create special light-weight plastic trays that will fit your teeth precisely. You need to put a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight at home for approximately two weeks. The result will be a brighter, whiter smile.
Remember that teeth whitening should only be carried out on the direction of a qualified dentist. Products available online or on the high street are unregulated and unreliable – unlike products offered by dentists, which are tried, tested and safe.
Our teeth are easily stained by the foods and drinks we consume (coffee, tea and red wine are common culprits), by cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking, and by some medicines and medicated mouthwashes. As we get older, our teeth also often lose their natural sheen.
At King’s Dental Clinic we have helped many happy patients to remove stains from their teeth. It’s an excellent, hassle-free way to boost the appearance of your smile before a special occasion.
Regular visits to the hygienist will help to keep stains at bay. A professional scale and polish helps to remove even stubborn plaque that can discolour the teeth. You should visit the hygienist twice a year for a professional tooth clean.
To give your smile an extra boost, you may be interested in teeth whitening treatment. This is an excellent way to remove even stubborn stains and give your teeth a brighter, whiter appearance. Depending on which option you choose, you could have a dazzling, stain-free smile in just one hour.
At King’s Dental Clinic we offer two options for teeth whitening treatment to remove stains: home whitening and power whitening here in the comfort of our practice.
Home teeth whitening
This option uses whitening gel and custom-made whitening trays to gently whiten your teeth over a period of about a fortnight. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your trays can be made to fit precisely. You need to put a small amount of whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight or for short periods during the day for approximately two weeks.
Power teeth whitening
Power whitening takes place here in the comfort of our dental practice. All you need to do is sit back and relax while your dentist shields your lips and gums and carefully applies whitening gel to your teeth. A special light is used to activate the gel. This option takes approximately one hour, after which your teeth will be brighter and stain free.