Chairside Teeth Whitening in London

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment, as it is easily accessible and is surprisingly affordable. The two main methods of brightening up a smile are to have the treatment carried out in the dental surgery, or to use custom-made whitening trays. Chairside teeth whitening in London is the fastest and most effective way of getting that celebrity-style smile, as the results are visible within as little as an hour using an award winning whitening system. It could even be scheduled for a lunch hour. It is the perfect solution to getting a whiter smile in a hurry, and is great if you have a special event coming up in the near future. But what does the procedure involve?

A Quick Overview of Chairside Teeth Whitening

The first and most important step is to have a full check-up to make sure you have healthy teeth and gums. Your oral health is always our top priority. Once you have been given the all clear then you’ll be just a short step away from having a beautiful white smile. Our dentist will protect your gums before painting on the peroxide gel which is then activated using a thermal diffuser, called the iPower Diffuser. This is a little bit different from other in-surgery whitening systems as it doesn’t use visible light, but instead utilises thermal energy. The thermal energy is carefully regulated, so the teeth whitening process is faster and more effective, and can reduce treatment times by up to 50%. Even more importantly the use of a thermal diffuser can help to reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity that can often occur after having teeth bleached in a dental surgery.

The unit used to whiten your teeth is quiet and small, as it is roughly the size of a mobile phone. The actual treatment is pretty comfortable, and you should be able to relax while watching a DVD through special goggles so there is little chance of becoming too bored. You’ll be able to see the difference straight away, but you’ll also be given specially designed kits of home teeth whitening in London. Perfect Trays are designed to be easy to use, and you’ll need to leave them in for just an hour or two every day. They are custom-made, so will be very comfortable to wear for this period of time. You’ll be given precise instructions on how to fill up the trays with the whitening gel, and it is important to make sure you follow these instructions as closely as you can.

Avoiding Over-bleaching

The exact strength of whitening gel prescribed can vary according to each person’s individual needs. It is also important not to overuse these whitening trays, and not to leave them in for too long. Over-bleaching your teeth could result in all the natural colour being bleached out which can leave the teeth looking almost grey in appearance, and may result in the teeth becoming more fragile as the bleaching process does dehydrate the teeth. There is no need to do this as you will achieve good results simply by following our instructions which are designed to make sure you get a healthy white smile in complete safety.

A Few Fast Facts about Teeth Whitening in London

Everybody wants a healthy white smile, but there are a few things to bear in mind when thinking about having teeth whitening in London as these things could affect the outcome of the treatment. These include:

Teeth whitening is not suitable for everyone.

This is why it’s so important to consult an experienced dentist such as Dr Wyman Chan before having your teeth bleached. You should never have your teeth whitened without first having them fully checked as the bleaching gels can be pretty strong and could exacerbate any existing dental problems.

Tooth whitening in London will give varied results

Although you may want the brightest and whitest ‘Hollywood’ type smile you can, it might not be feasible. When you visit the Smile Studio in London we will be able to discuss with you the type of whitening results you can reasonably expect to see while still maintaining a healthy mouth. Patient health is always our top priority, and we are always at pains to make sure the whitening products aren’t overused as this won’t give better results but could end up damaging the teeth.

Teeth can discolour for a variety of different reasons

Some people naturally have darker teeth as it is simply genetic, while others will have extensive staining due to lifestyle habits. Certain antibiotics such as tetracycline can stain teeth, while amalgam fillings can create darker areas in the mouth. If you have had root canal treatment then these teeth may not respond so well to bleaching.  Dental fluorosis is caused by exposure to excess fluoride as a child, and can cause teeth become flecked with white or even stained brown. Teeth whitening in London may not work effectively on all these problems, and you may need to budget to have any amalgam fillings replaced, or you might need to be prepared to take a different route to get the look you would like. These are all things that we can discuss with you at your check-up.

Teeth whitening won’t change the colour of existing dental restorations

The bleaching gels used to whiten teeth will not have any effect on any crowns, veneers or bridges you may already have. If you need to have dental restorations and want a whiter smile then it is best to have your teeth bleached first. This is because it is far better to accurately match the shade of any new dental restorations to whitened teeth rather than to attempt to do it the other way round.

Tooth whitening occasionally causes sensitivity

Teeth whitening in London is generally an extremely safe and trouble-free procedure, and the methods used by Dr Chan are designed to minimise any sensitivity. However some people are particularly sensitive and may experience a very slight discomfort afterwards. These feelings of increased sensitivity should disappear within a day or two. Side effects are more likely to arise if you overuse the products, or don’t use them as prescribed.

Tooth whitening treatments will need touching up every so often

Although your smile will look beautifully white after treatment, your teeth will gradually darken. The exact speed is often dependant on your lifestyle. We’ll advise you as to how often your smile will need retouching, but the initial effects should last for quite a while, and having a gloriously white smile is a huge boost to self-confidence and well-being.

Will Whitening Toothpastes Help Keep My Teeth Whiter for Longer?

If you have just had your teeth whitened for the first time at Dr. Chan’s Smile Studio in London then you’re almost certainly delighted with the outcome, and may want to know how you can keep that gorgeous white colour for as long as possible. Although your teeth will eventually revert to their natural colour, there are lots of different things you can do to help slow down the process. While making small lifestyle changes can help, switching to whitening toothpastes can also be a way of helping to prolong the effects of tooth whitening in London.

The Brightening Effects of Whitening Toothpastes

The effects produced by whitening toothpastes are quite subtle. The reason for this is that they don’t contain bleach, but rely on brightening up a smile through removing surface stains. Most contain a mildly abrasive agent that gently polishes the tooth surface. Ingredients commonly found include calcium phosphates, calcium carbonate, alumina, hydrated silica or silicon dioxide. Some toothpaste are more efficient at removing surface stains than others as they contain a higher percentage of abrasive agents, and will have undergone a Relative Dentine Abrasiveness test to determine their effectiveness.

It can be quite tricky to find out the rating of your favourite toothpaste, but it can make a difference as to how frequently you want to use it. Whitening toothpastes with a rating of between zero and seventy is only mildly abrasive, while toothpastes with a rating of between seventy and one hundred will contain a moderate amount of abrasives. Toothpastes with a rating higher than one hundred may be pretty abrasive and unsuitable for daily use.

Although these types of toothpastes can brighten a smile, they cannot replace tooth whitening in London as the effects are incomparable. Whitening toothpastes cannot brighten teeth beyond their natural shade in the same way as teeth whitening treatments by Dr Chan. All they can do is lighten teeth by around one shade or less. However they are a safe way of helping the effects of teeth whitening in London to last longer. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity at all then you may be better off choosing a brand especially formulated to deal with this problem.

Using Whitening Toothpaste in Conjunction with Whitening Mouthwash

Using a mouthwash isn’t necessary if you have a good oral hygiene routine, but can leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean. These can also be purchased in whitening formulas and most contain a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide. They will not have a huge effect as the bleach isn’t in contact with the teeth for very long so the overall effects are pretty minimal. It is best to look for a formula that is alcohol-free, or which contains fluoride or some anti-bacterial agent.

Although all these things will help prolong the effects of professional teeth whitening in London, you will need to re-treat your teeth from time to time. Dr Wyman Chan will tell you exactly how frequently to use the home whitening trays or home whitening system, and it is important to adhere to these instructions to make sure your teeth remain not only white, but also strong and healthy. You can always contact the Smile Studio in London should you have any further questions.

Your Teeth Need Pink & Healthy Gums

Teeth whitening in London can produce a gorgeously white smile, but it’s of little consequence if the gums supporting the teeth aren’t in good condition. Without strong healthy gums, teeth will simply fall out, regardless of whether or not they are white. Gums have a vital job to do in helping to keep the teeth firmly anchored into the jawbone, and they do need a bit of tender loving care to keep them in the pink. Gums are designed to fit snugly around the teeth, and there shouldn’t be any gaps or signs of recession. Early signs that something may be wrong with your gums include:

  • Noticing they bleed whenever you brush or floss
  • They might look swollen or almost shiny in appearance
  • They feel tender when you touch them
  • Your teeth look longer than before
  • You notice gaps appearing in between your teeth

One of the first signs is definitely noticing that gums bleed when brushed. This is not normal and does require swift attention. The best thing to do is to book a checkup with your dentist, and to also make an appointment to have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist or a hygienist. Your dentist will be able to tell you whether or not you have the early signs of gum disease, a common condition that affects a large percentage of the population at some stage or another.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is generally caused by a failure to brush and floss effectively. Incorrect brushing and flossing allows plaque bacteria to build up on the teeth, producing toxins that irritate and inflame the gums. Professional cleaning helps remove the buildup of plaque bacteria, and should help put you back on the path towards having healthy gums that will be strong enough for tooth whitening in London. Catching the disease at this stage is vital as it is relatively easy to put right.

If you ignore these early signs then you may go on to develop periodontal disease. This is far more serious and can even be chronic, meaning you’ll require regular treatment simply to keep it in check. It causes the gums to pull back from the teeth, so you may notice you begin to look a little ‘long in the tooth.’ Without this support your teeth are likely to become loose and may even need extracting. Treatments for periodontal disease include a deep cleaning process called scaling and planning which helps to remove the pockets of infection that can develop around the teeth, and also smoothes the exposed root surfaces of the teeth, making it more difficult for plaque bacteria to build up. If the damage to your gums is extensive, then it might even be necessary to think about having gum grafts to try to replace the lost tissue.

Periodontal disease is the most likely reason for losing teeth, and anyone with this condition would not be suitable for teeth whitening in London; it would be far too uncomfortable to use peroxide gel on the teeth as it is highly likely the roots of the teeth will have become exposed. This is one of the reasons why it is essential to choose a highly experienced dentist such as Dr. Chan to whiten teeth safely. He will have ensured your teeth don’t have any signs of gum disease during an initial checkup. In contrast buying an over-the-counter whitening kit, or purchasing bleaching products online will not guarantee your safety during any teeth whitening in London. It is also one of the reasons as to why it’s so essential to not ignore those six monthly reminders from your dentist.

It is far cheaper and easier to maintain oral health than to try to put it right. In addition it means you’ll be able to safely continue whitening your teeth at the Smile Studio in London. Most importantly of all, you’ll know your smile is not just beautifully white, but also perfectly healthy.

Home Teeth Whitening in London with Perfect Trays

There are so many whitening systems on the market, and the choice can seem bewildering. While one of the most popular methods of teeth whitening in London is to have them bleached in the dental surgery, this method may not be right for everyone. Although it is fast and effective, and can give dramatic results within just an hour, people with particularly sensitive teeth, or who want to have greater control of the whitening process, may want to go for the Perfect Trays system.

Innovative Tray Design

Perfect Trays have an innovative, patented design that is ideal for home tooth whitening in London. The system is designed to help reduce or even eliminate the sensitivity felt by many people undergoing teeth bleaching treatments. This is done by ensuring the bleaching gel is kept in the trays and well away from the gums, as contact with these delicate tissues can cause irritation and discomfort, and can also cause the gel to be diluted by saliva, reducing the effects of the treatment. The trays are very easy-to-use, as they can include dimples that show precisely how much bleaching gel needs to be used, eliminating the guesswork often required in other systems.

How do I get this Treatment?

It is simple, as all you need to do is make an appointment with our dentist for a full check-up. This is vital as you do need healthy teeth and gums in order for teeth whitening in London to be successful, and comfortable. If you have any signs of dental diseases then these will need to be treated first before your teeth can be bleached.

Once you have a clean bill of health then impressions will be taken of your teeth and gums. These are sent to a laboratory and cast up in dental plaster to provide accurate models of your mouth. The models are used to fabricate the patented Perfect Trays, and are designed to be comfortable to wear for several hours as they will not dig in or rub, or move around during use.

At your next appointment you’ll be shown how to use the trays, including how to fill them, and instructions on how long to leave them in for. You’ll also be given the correct bleaching gel for your needs, as they do come in several different strengths. The gels contain the same active ingredients as found in the chair side treatments and are quite different from other teeth bleaching gels in that they contain a much purer form of the active ingredient, carbamide peroxide. These gels have a lower viscosity that enables them to penetrate the tooth enamel more effectively, so they can whiten teeth more quickly and easily.

You’ll then be fully equipped to whiten your teeth safely over a period of two weeks or so. The trays generally need to be left in for a couple of hours a day, but you will be given precise instructions at your appointment. It is important to follow these instructions to the letter, as this system has been carefully developed and tested to give maximum results with minimum discomfort. The trays should never be left in for longer than recommended without first checking with your dentist.

Dentist Can Help You Safely Whiten Your Teeth

There are lots of different teeth whitening systems on the market, and they are widely available from chemists and on the internet, so why go to your dentist for this treatment?  There are lots of good reasons for doing so, and one of the best is that it is simply the safest way to bleach your teeth. Tooth whitening is a non-invasive, cosmetic dental procedure, and when properly done can prove to be a huge boost to self-confidence. However if this treatment is carried out on an unhealthy mouth then it could make any existing oral problems even worse.

The bleaching gels used are quite strong, even if they are bought over-the-counter or purchased online. If you have any signs of dental decay, or gum disease, then using bleaching gels on your teeth could be uncomfortable, or even painful. This is because any lesions in your teeth and gums will enable the bleaching gels to penetrate more easily and more deeply. Although you want the gel to penetrate your teeth to bleach away the stains, you don’t want it to penetrate too far.

Getting a Dental Check-up First

Even if you are thinking about using an over-the counter kit, you should still book an appointment with your dentist to see if home tooth whitening in London is the best course of action for you. Your dentist will be able to check your teeth and gums, and can treat any signs of disease so the whitening treatment is more comfortable.

Having Realistic Expectations

Everyone will get slightly different results from tooth whitening in London, and this is another advantage to having it done professionally. Your dentist is the best person to choose the correct type of treatment for you, and can also advise you as to the type of results that can realistically be achieved.

Certain teeth may not react as well to being bleached. If you have any dental crowns or veneers then these will not change colour during the treatment. This is because they are made from porcelain, a type of dental glass that is impervious to staining. If you do have dental restorations that currently blend in with your natural tooth colour, then you need to be aware that bleaching your teeth will give uneven results. You may need to budget for having these restorations replaced. Teeth that have been root treated may need to be bleached internally in order to achieve good results. Some types of fluorosis staining (white and brown flecks caused by excessive exposure to fluoride) will not respond well to teeth whitening in London. These are all problems that can be discussed and addressed with your dentist, and this is the kind of valuable advice you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Using Custom-made Bleaching Trays Lessens the Chance of Sensitivity

Some people do experience a slight sensitivity to the bleaching gels, and this effect is likely to be amplified if using over the counter whitening kits that allow the delicate gum tissue to come into contact with whitening gels. In contrast, custom-made bleaching trays, such as the Perfect Tray design, are made to fit precisely over the teeth, protecting the gums from the bleach.

In short, teeth whitening in London are best carried out by your dentist in surgery, or through using trays and gels prescribed especially for you. You’ll have the assurance that the treatment is fast, effective, and will leave you with a healthy white smile, and it’s probably more affordable than you think.