Teeth whitening should be a straightforward cosmetic dental procedure that if carried out correctly carries few, if any real risks. However anyone considering having their teeth whitened by Dr Chan, or any other dentist at the Smile Studio in London may have a few questions beforehand. We have put together a few of the most frequently asked questions and their answers to help you become a little better informed.
Is Teeth Whitening More Effective on Certain Colours of Teeth?
The answer to this one is yes, as teeth that are yellowish in colour tend to respond better to being bleached. Teeth that are brownish colours are likely to be less receptive, while teeth that are grey tend to respond the least well of all. This may be partially due to the fact that teeth that are grey have often been exposed to tetracycline, and this makes them more difficult to whiten effectively. If this applies to you then Dr. Chan can advise you of your best course of action. It might be that you’ll require more treatments in his dental surgery, or you may need to whiten teeth at home for a longer period of time. Results obtained can vary according to how badly the teeth are stained and their overall condition. Some people may be better off using a different method of whitening teeth altogether, such as veneers.
Do Teeth Whitening Treatments Need to Be Touched up?
This is another yes, as teeth whitening in London isn’t permanent. However the effects should last a year or so depending on your lifestyle. If you are a big coffee or tea drinker, or if you like highly coloured foods and drinks then the effects can dissipate more quickly. This is also true if you smoke.
Is There Anything I Can Do to Make the Effects Last Longer?
Changing your lifestyle to include more tooth friendly foods and drinks will make a difference, as you can choose to cut back or to cut them out completely, while some people drink dark-coloured liquids through a straw to minimise the amount of contact it has with their teeth. Other tips include simply making sure you brush and floss thoroughly, and that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months or so. Using whitening toothpaste will help lift some of the surface stains.
Does Tooth Whitening in London Carry Any Risks?
Dr Wyman Chan will do everything possible to make sure you don’t have any side effects, but some other teeth whitening systems can increase the risk of tooth sensitivity, or if applied incorrectly the peroxide gel can irritate the delicate gum tissue. This is far more likely to happen if you use an over-the-counter home whitening system with ill-fitting trays that allowed the peroxide gel to leak out. If your teeth are already especially sensitive then you may be recommended to whiten your teeth more slowly to give them time to adjust to the bleaching process. It might also be possible to use fluoride products which can help strengthen the tooth enamel, reducing the effects of tooth sensitivity.
Can Teeth Whitening in London Cause Any Permanent Damage to the Mouth?
The answer to this one is no, provided the whitening treatment is carried out by a professional dentist, or another dental professional such as a hygienist under the supervision of a dentist. The products used in the Smile Studio London are extremely safe and have been extensively tested and researched.
Obviously this is quite a short list of questions and answers, but if you would like any further information then we’d be more than happy to provide it.