Best Ways to Get a Whiter Smile
Does your smile look a little dingier than you’d like? It can be a real problem if you have a liking for lots of highly coloured foods and drinks or perhaps you smoke. All these can affect the colour of your teeth, making them look darker than you’d prefer. Teeth also darken naturally with age and this is because when we are young teeth are covered with quite a thick layer of tooth enamel that gives them an opaque whitish appearance.
Tooth enamel covers up the colour of the tooth which is contained in the layer of dentine underneath. Unfortunately tooth enamel tends to become thinner with age, exposing more of the underlying tooth colour which can be quite a bit darker than enamel. Luckily there are lots of different solutions that can be used to create a whiter and brighter smile.
Teeth Whitening Is Reliable and Inexpensive
Teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments here at Ladbroke Grove Dental Care, not least because it’s very affordable and quick and can really make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your smile. We have two different types of teeth whitening systems available for our patients, including power whitening that is done in our surgery, as well as home whitening kits that use custom-made whitening trays.
If you are thinking about whitening your teeth, our dentist in Ladbroke Grove will need to check the condition of your teeth and gums before you can begin treatment. This is just to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy as otherwise you might have unwanted side effects such as tooth sensitivity or even pain if you have any untreated dental disease. The next thing to think about is whether you’d like to whiten in our surgery or at home.
In-chair whitening is extremely quick and can brighten up your teeth by several shades in just one treatment. Otherwise you might want to choose to whiten at home. We can provide custom-made whitening trays that will fit closely over your teeth. Our dentist will prescribe the right strength of whitening gel for you to whiten comfortably and safely and will show you how to use the trays. All you need do is wear them for a few hours each day or even overnight for approximately two weeks. One of the nice things about having custom whitening trays made is that we can always prescribe more whitening gel so you can top up the results at a later date.
Other Ways of Brightening Your Smile
This is just one way to improve the look of your smile, but there are lots of different treatments we can use. If you are generally happy with the colour of your teeth but perhaps have one or two that are badly discoloured or stained, or even misshapen or worn down, then think about having porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers will completely cover up a badly stained or misshapen tooth and they can last for many years. It could even be that all you need do is renew old and stained fillings.
If you are interested in finding out ways of brightening up your smile then please book a consultation with our dentist in Ladbroke Grove? Call us to book an appointment on 020 7727 9836.