Teeth Whitening at Clifton Dental Care, Cardiff

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental cosmetic treatments which is safe, low cost and can achieve dramatic change of appearance to your smile. Having white teeth is desirable in some job professions such as sales or if you represent a company. It is also a lovely idea to have your teeth whitened for weddings and other special events where photographs are taken. Teeth whitening can be carried out in the dental surgery or at home and there are several products and systems available. Whitening your teeth will require an initial consultation with you so we can check your mouth and teeth are healthy before recommending any treatment or products. At our clinic in Cardiff we will also discuss the shade of whiteness you wish to achieve and show you the likely results when suggesting the appropriate product or system to use. With a home tooth whitening kit, impressions of your teeth will need to be taken so individual trays can be created. These are like gum shields which fit perfectly onto your teeth. Bleaching solution is then place into the trays which can be worn daily for a few hours a day over two weeks. Wearing time can be reduced if your teeth are sensitive but will require a longer period to achieve the shade of brightness you wish for.

Using home teeth whitening

Teeth whitening at home with Opalescence ® Go kit is a popular choice for teeth whitening at our Cardiff location. There are many regulations that have been put in place to ensure the safety of the procedure so that teeth whitening kits can be used safely at home. Some home whitening kits were found to damage tooth enamel. It is a requirement of EU Directive 2011/184/EU that a dental exam for suitability has been carried out and that the first teeth whitening treatment is done at the dentist. This directive also covers the use of a six percent strength solution. The patient must be at least 18 years old to use this type of treatment. The NHS has issued a warning for teeth whitening done at beauty salons which are considered risky and in some cases illegal if the product that is used is not done by a dental professional. People with gum disease or crowns would not be suitable for teeth whitening.

Why choose Opalescence teeth whitening?

At our Cardiff clinic we recommend Opalescence ® Teeth Whitening products as one of the best ways to get teeth white. It has been used by the dentistry profession for over 17 years. For the Opalescence ® Go kit each of the pre-filled green wax teeth whitening trays is labeled “U” for the Upper arch and “O” for the lower arch. For this strength of solution it is used daily for 60 to 90 minutes. YouTube video instructions for using the teeth whitening kits are available online if you need reminding of our instructions. They show how to place the pre-filled trays into the mouth and how to adjust them so they are placed properly. Not having properly fitting trays is the main cause of injury of burns to gums and the mouth. The teeth whitening Potassium Nitrate and Fluoride formula, known as “PF” found in Opalescence ® Go kit has been shown to lower caries susceptibility and to reduce sensitivity during and after bleaching as well as increase dental micro hardness of dental enamel. This formula also prevents dehydration which is what increases sensitivity and relapse of the teeth whitening process. The two flavours available are Mint and Melon.

How much whiter will teeth appear?

It is common for teeth to become stained through drinking coffee or red wine, or to turn yellow as we age or because of smoking. Our clinic in Cardiff will give you their opinion on how much teeth whitening that will occur with using Opalescence ® Go kit, but it is usually up to eight shades. Even a lightening of two or three shades is usually considered noticeable and can help with less social awkwardness from having stained teeth. Some people may just have genetically a more yellow or grey tooth colour. Certain medications can also cause the teeth to yellow like tetracycline and some high blood pressure medications. Also, some medical treatments such as head and neck radiation and chemotherapy can also discolour teeth. Certain infections in pregnancy can also discolour a child’s enamel. The results of tooth whitening can last several years but is dependent on what you eat, drink or whether you smoke. Whitening will not cause damage to your tooth enamel and should be carried out by a registered and trained dentist. If teeth whitening can't achieve what you then there is always the option of porcelain veneers for that perfect smile.

How much is teeth whitening?

Due to the reduction in the cost now it is more affordable for more people. Clifton Dental Care in Cardiff is running an offer for home teeth whitening currently for £199. Contact Clifton Dental Care for your initial consultation on 02920 486 231 or book your appointment here.