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.
Dental implants are an increasingly popular way for patients to replace missing teeth. As the population in general lives longer, more and more people are looking for a reliable, permanent way to replace their natural teeth. In many cases, dental implants are the perfect solution.
At King’s Dental Clinic in Hammersmith and Southwark, our skilled implant dentists have helped many patients of all ages to restore their smiles with dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw that your dentist will place directly in your jaw bone using a minor surgical procedure. Titanium is very compatible with the human body, and a huge advantage of implants is that they are osteoconductive – promoting bone growth and integrating directly with the bone. This means that they provide a firm support for new teeth in the form of crowns, dentures or bridges, acting as they do like bionic tooth roots.
Who can have dental implants?
The good news is that these days most people are suitable for implant treatment. Thanks to advances in technology and techniques, our implant dentists at King’s Dental Clinic are now able to treat even complex implant cases.
Patients who have suffered bone loss may need bone augmentation or a sinus lift before implants are placed. This helps to regenerate your jaw bone so that it is strong enough to support dental implants. Smoking can hinder the success of dental implant treatment, so we always recommend patients consult our smoking cessation service before starting treatment.
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.
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