Category: Teeth whitening

Should I get my teeth professionally whitened?

Over the years, your teeth are given quite a hard time from the foods we eat, beverages we drink and other lifestyle choices that we choose to have. These factors lead to your teeth becoming discoloured and not as white as they were in your teens. 

The good news is, you can restore your teeth back to their previous dazzling white selves with professional teeth whitening. 

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening has become very popular over recent years. In fact, it is now the most common cosmetic dentistry treatment that is carried out in the UK. Throughout your lifetime, your teeth will be exposed to a variety of factors that will cause discolouration including: 

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Vinegar
  • Berries

This discolouration affects the enamel of your teeth, which is the outer protective layer. When you whiten your teeth, you are using bleach to lighten the colour of the enamel. Results can vary from patient to patient, but you can expect your teeth to lighten by at least three shades.  

Safety first

The most important reason for choosing professional teeth whitening treatment is that it is extremely safe. Unlike people that are administering teeth whitening illegally, the bleach that is used professionally is regulated. The correct amount is applied carefully to the teeth, minimising the risk of any problems occuring after the treatment.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, our dentists are qualified and experienced in carrying out teeth whitening treatment. Before any treatment begins, they will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check that you are suitable for treatment. 

Better results

If you have ever used over the counter whitening products, you will have probably been disappointed in the results they achieved. This is because they only contain a fraction of the amount of bleach that is needed to successfully whiten your teeth. 

When you choose a professional dental clinician to whiten your teeth, you will be receiving the best results possible that are much longer-lasting. 

Why choose Gwersyllt Dental Care?

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, our dentists are highly experienced in providing patients with a new dazzling smile. They are trained to assess your suitability to whitening treatment and will discuss the process with you before carrying any treatment out. 

For more information, or to book a free initial consultation, please call us on 01978 757 409. 

How to keep your teeth pearly white

Having pearly white teeth used to be associated with celebrities. Nowadays, professional teeth whitening is fast becoming a very popular treatment. Over the years, cosmetic dentistry treatments have advanced and more dentists are qualified to perform the procedures.

Professional teeth whitening is now affordable and most private dental practices in the UK offer it as a treatment. Whether it be an in chair or an at home solution, more and more people are having their confidence boosted from having pearly white teeth.

However, without the correct aftercare, your teeth won’t stay as dazzling for long. We have put together some tips on how to take care of your newly whitened teeth to make sure they stay pearly white for as long as possible.

Be careful of what you eat and drink

Strong drinks like coffee, tea and red wine can quickly stain whitened teeth so try to cut down on these. Fizzy drinks like coke can also stain teeth so it is important to limit your intake. We would also suggest using a straw when you drink them.

It’s not just drinks that stain your teeth. There are certain food that can also cause yellowing of the enamel. Curry, balsamic vinegar, berries and tomato sauce can all contribute to your teeth losing their whiteness.

After eating or drinking these foods, we would recommend rinsing (not brushing!) straight after to remove the stain-causing particles.

Quit smoking

Smoking is a well-known cause of yellowing teeth. As well as being bad on your overall health, smoking has negative effects on your mouth and teeth. If you continue to smoke after having your teeth whitened, your teeth will quickly return to their former shade.

If you need help to kick the habit, there is plenty of advice and support available from your GP and other organisations.

Have a good oral hygiene routine

Following a good oral hygiene routine will make sure your teeth are kept not only white, but healthy and free of decay and gum disease. Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes and floss and rinse at least once daily. You can use a whitening toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent yellowing from reforming.

It is very important that you attend regular appointments with your dentist and hygienist, to make sure your teeth are kept in the best of health. Your hygienist will perform a treatment called a ‘scale and polish’ which gives your teeth a thorough clean, removing surface stains that can’t be done at home.

Whitening touch-ups

After a while, you may notice that your teeth are slowly returning back to their original yellowness. Whitening touch-ups may be required every six months to keep your teeth dazzling white.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care, we offer a home whitening treatment which is overseen by a qualified GDC registered dentist to make sure it is safe for your teeth and gums. Full results will be achieved within 21 days of using the whitening trays.

To book a free teeth whitening initial consultation, call us on 01978 757 409.

What’s in a Smile? 4 things your smile says about you

Whilst some people are quite happy to get in front of the camera and show off all their teeth with a big, wide smile, others simply shiver at the very thought of it. No matter how good our teeth, we are not all programmed to enjoy showing them off. But did you know, how and when you smile says much more about you than you might have realised? Read on to learn more about the art of smiling.

1. I’m friendly

A genuine, natural smile is one of the most obvious ways that humans convey friendliness to others. It indicates that you are open and outgoing, and willing to drop your barriers by exposing yourself a little. A true smile is about so much more than the teeth though; there is a lot of truth in the traditional saying ‘smile with your eyes’. A true and sincere smile of friendliness involves both the mouth and eyes. And while a big grin can be forced, it is impossible to convincingly force the rest of your face to follow suit. Next time someone sends you a smile, take a look at what their eyes and cheeks are really saying.

2. I’m Confident

We all know that just like you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, we shouldn’t judge a person based on first impressions. Yet, in almost every area of our lives – both personal and professional – we do just that on a daily basis. Several studies indicate that a person with a broad smile is typically perceived as being more confident and more professional – and this can actually result in greater opportunities being available to them.

3. I’m Positive

It may seem obvious, but a genuine smile is a great sign of a positive and open personality. Research indicates that people who spend a greater amount of their lives smiling have a lasting, positive outlook that has direct benefits on their overall sense of well being. Like laughter, smiles are contagious and can also have an uplifting effect on those around you. Think of anybody you would describe as an extrovert, and observe how generous they are with their smiles. Indeed, this is often a large part of what attracts people to them.

4. I Look After Myself

As humans we are unique, and this includes our teeth. No two people have the same smile – some have naturally ‘fangy’ teeth, others have gaps. Some have crowded or uneven teeth, while others appear to be gifted with a ‘perfect’ Hollywood smile. Whilst we can’t do a lot to change the way our bodies are naturally made, there are many dental interventions that can help with common problems affecting your smile such as missing or damaged teeth, staining or crooked teeth. In such situations, getting the right dental treatment for your teeth can be about more than just improving your confidence – it can convey to people a positive message that you value yourself and are willing to invest in your health.

At Gwersyllt Dental Practice in Wrexham, we offer a full range of corrective and cosmetic dentistry from dental implants and veneers to teeth whitening and invisible braces. We also offer a full range of routine dental treatment for all the family in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. To book an appointment now or enquire about becoming a member of our practice, call us on 01978 757409 or simply complete the online form and we’ll call you back to arrange a date and time.

 

5 Reasons Only a Dentist Should be Whitening Your Teeth

Teeth whitening has seen a tremendous growth in popularity over recent years and is now one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. Surveys indicate that up to a third of adults have an interest in getting their teeth whitened. The surge in interest has been partly attributed to celebrities and in particular the popularity of the reality TV show. Increased accessibility has, however, also been a key factor, with more dental clinics than ever before offering teeth whitening as part of their package. Unfortunately, the huge growth in this area of cosmetics has also led to a sharp increase in non-qualified individuals offering low-cost, illegal treatments. So why exactly is it so important to get your teeth whitened at a dentist? Here are 5 top reasons.

1. Dentists Do Things Safely
Dental professionals train for many years to understand the structures of the mouth, to recognise dental disease and to prescribe the correct treatment for each individual patient. As members of the medical profession, they are able to perform a medical examination of the mouth along with a obtaining a general overview of your medical condition before recommending or embarking on any course of treatment – teeth whitening included.
Qualified dentists have a strong understanding of the process including the science behind it, meaning they can minimise any risks. Used incorrectly, the chemicals used in the teeth whitening process can cause permanent and potentially painful damage to the teeth and gums. The chemicals could also penetrate the teeth leaving permanent damage to the surface. Using an unqualified provider of teeth whitening may seem like a low cost solution at first glance, but the long term risks and the costs associated for both your health and your bank account are definitely not worth the risk.

2. It is Illegal for Non-Dentists to Sell Teeth Whitening
Such are the risks of teeth whitening being offered by those without full dental training that the government has made it illegal for anybody other than a dentist or hygienist registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) to perform the treatment themselves or offer kits for self administration on their premises. The GDC considers teeth whitening to be a dental procedure and not just a beauty procedure, therefore establishments such as beauty clinics are not qualified to offer it. New regulations mean that those who break the law and offer illegal whitening can face unlimited fines. Would you want to trust your smile to a criminal?

3. Dentists Follow Strict Hygiene Rules
Just as with other members of the medical profession, dentists are required to follow strict hygiene rules at all times. Adhering to such rules protects patients from exposure to non-sterile equipment, as well as minimising the risk of exposure to person-to-person transmission of infections. Non-GDC registered, illegal providers of tooth whitening, such as beauticians, beauty salons, pop-up booths, mobile operators do not have to adhere to these regulations and therefore pose a significant risk to your health.

4. Dentists Use Tested Chemicals
When you have your teeth whitened by a registered dentist, you are not only paying for an experienced and accountable professional to administer your treatment safely, you are also paying for the practitioner to use approved chemicals that have been thoroughly tested to medical standards. One of the key ingredients in many teeth whitening procedures is hydrogen peroxide, exposure to which can be extremely harmful in the wrong proportion. By choosing a reliable dental clinic, you can be assured that safe levels of chemicals are being used. You can also be sure that there are no hidden chemicals that may pose other risks to your health. untested products that you may be using will not be effective and at worst, they could cause permanent damage.

5. Dentists Are Accountable
The chances are you’ve been visiting the same dentist for years, unless of course you’ve recently relocated. Why? Probably because you know your dentist is a qualified professional and you fully trust them. In most cases, you can also reasonably expect the same dentist to look after you time and time again. By choosing a respectable and legal dental clinic to have your teeth whitened you can be sure the procedure is carried out by somebody who is fully accountable – and isn’t going to vanish in the wind. Even if the dentist does happen to move practice, the General Register of Dentists will allow you to trace him or her if you so wished, meaning that you have complete peace of mind.

At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer a high quality teeth whitening treatment that will leave you with exceptional, lasting results. For a sparkling white smile, get in touch with us now on 01978 757 409 or contact us online and we will be more than happy to assist.

Does teeth whitening damage teeth?

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. But there’s a lot of confusion about whether whitening is safe – and who can carry out treatments. So, does teeth whitening damage teeth?

At Gwersyllt Dental Practice near Wrexham, we offer two types of teeth whitening: at-home whitening kits and in-surgery whitening. Both treatments are safe and effective, and we can help you decide which one is right for you.

Is teeth whitening illegal?

Tooth whitening is legal if a qualified dental professional does it. Anyone carrying out tooth whitening that isn’t a qualified dental professional is doing it illegally. The legal age limit for tooth whitening is 18-years-old, so if you are under 18 you can’t have your teeth whitened.

If you are concerned about a product, or if you think someone is doing illegal tooth whitening, please let the Tooth Whitening Information Group know.

Safe teeth whitening tips

  • If in doubt, don’t do it. If you’re unsure whether the treatment you’re being offered is legal, don’t go ahead. Ask your dentist for advice.
  • Check their qualifications. If you want to make sure a provider can legally carry out whitening, check they are registered with the GDC. A qualified and registered dental professional will always have a GDC number.

If someone has insurance is whitening legal?

Only a dentist can take out insurance for teeth whitening because it’s illegal for anyone other than a dental professional to carry out the treatment.

If someone offering tooth whitening says they have valid insurance or indemnity, it doesn’t mean their tooth whitening procedure is legal or safe.

Is laser teeth whitening safe?

Laser teeth whitening is safe if your dentist does it. Salons and other non-dental companies offering laser teeth whitening that’s ‘peroxide-free’ may still be breaking the law. And ‘non-peroxide’ treatments can still contain harmful ingredients such as sodium perborate or chlorine dioxide.

Do teeth whitening kits work?

Tooth whitening kits and products you buy over-the-counter or on the internet won’t make your teeth whiter. This is because, by law, these products must not contain or release more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to change the colour of your teeth.

Products containing or releasing more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide can only be sold to a registered dental professional offering teeth whitening treatment in their practice.

?Can I get teeth whitening on the NHS?

You can’t get whitening treatments on the NHS. Private charges will vary; at Gwersyllt Dental Practice,Wrexham we have several different whitening options to suit your budget. Get in touch for more information.