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Teeth Whitening Leeds

Tooth whitening offered by Leeds dentists is a cosmetic dental procedure that aids in the removal of stains and discolouration of teeth and/or improvement of their appearance by making them brighter and whiter.

What causes discolouration of teeth?
There are many factors that contribute to teeth discolouration.  These include

  • Staining
  • Aging
  • Genetic factors
  • Chemical reactions due to medications, tea, coffee, cigarettes etc.

What are the Teeth whitening methods used by the Leeds dentists?
Leeds dentists offer various types of professional whitening options based on the condition of your tooth, expectations and convenience.  Our whitening systems include

  • Vital whitening  - This is the most common method and also incorporates popular systems like
    • Laser whitening
    • Intensity Light systems such as Britesmile, Zoom
    • Custom fit tray bleaching (in-home)  such as Opalescence
  • Non–vital whitening - A non vital tooth is one that has had a root canal treatment and has no live nerve, and therefore requires a more involved process in tooth whitening

 

When will the Leeds dentist recommend a tooth whitening procedure for you?
The Leeds dentist will recommend a tooth whitening procedure if you have

  • Severely discoloured or stained teeth
  • Intrinsic stains on your teeth
  • Yellow teeth
  • External staining caused by food and tobacco

Can anyone undergo a tooth whitening procedure?
You are an ideal candidate for tooth whitening if

  • You have permanent teeth
  • Your teeth are not stained brown or grey, or striped or spotted from tetracycline or too much fluoride, as they do not whiten evenly when bleached
  • Yu do not have periodontal disease
  • You do not have sensitive teeth
  • You do not have tooth-coloured fillings, crowns, caps or bonding in the front teeth

What happens during the initial consultation with your Leeds dentist?

  • During the initial consultation, the Leeds dentist will discuss your expectations from the procedure, options of treatment, risks, limitations and costs.
  • The Leeds dental team will then gather your complete dental and medical history, followed by an X-ray
  • The Leeds dentist will treat cavities, if any, before the whitening procedure
  • Photographs are taken to compare with the change in level of whitening before and after the procedure
  • If, you have opted for home bleaching, impressions of your teeth will be taken by the Leeds dentist to create an aptly fitting mouthpiece or custom fitted home trays

How will the Leeds dentist prepare you for the tooth whitening procedure?

  • The Leeds dentist will instruct you to get a dental cleaning procedure to remove surface stain and tartar from your teeth
  • Your teeth are polished using flour of pumice
  • The shade of your pre-treated teeth are noted for comparison with the end result after bleaching
  • A dental dam gel is used to seal around each tooth in order to protect the soft gum tissue that lies below from the caustic effects of the peroxide bleaching agent
  •  The Leeds dentist will use a cheek retractor to hold back your lips and cheeks
  • Protection for the eyes and upper body are also provided

How are the various whitening procedures carried out by the Leeds dentists?

VITAL WHITENING

  • General Method without using laser or intensity light – This may most often require more than one visit to the Leeds dentist to get the desired level of whiteness
  • The Leeds dentist applies the translucent bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide onto your teeth
  • The gel is reapplied periodically
  • The gel is suctioned off and the teeth are washed
  • The Leeds dentist may perform a fluoride treatment to minimize any sensitivity to hot and cold foods and to leech the acidic content of the bleaching gel from the tooth surface

The procedure takes 60-90 minutes to complete

  • Laser whitening or whitening using intensity light (Britesmile, Zoom) - This can be done in a single visit to the Leeds dentist
  • The Leeds dentist applies the translucent bleaching gel containing hydrogen peroxide onto your teeth
  • Next, a high intensity light or laser is directed at the teeth.  This activates the bleaching agent
  • The gel is suctioned off and the teeth are washed
  • The Leeds dentist may perform a fluoride treatment to minimize any sensitivity to hot and cold foods and to leech the acidic content of the bleaching gel from the tooth surface

The procedure takes about one hour to complete

  • Custom fit tray bleaching (in-home) - Opalescence
  • During your first appointment, the Leeds dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create a perfectly fitted mouthpiece
  • At the next appointment, you are provided with the custom made plastic tray and instructions on how to use them
  • At home, you must place a small amount of the bleaching gel in the tray and wear it for about one to two hours per day

This system can take from one to three weeks to get you the best results

NON-VITAL WHITENING

  • The Leeds dentist places the bleaching solution on the inside of the tooth. For best results the solution may be placed outside the tooth also
  • The opening of the tooth is then filled with a temporary filling.
  • You will have to get the solution inside the tooth changed about once a week and until you get the expected results

What to expect following the tooth whitening procedure?

  • You may experience little to no discomfort up to 24 hours following the procedure.  Your Leeds dentist will ideally prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to deal with such discomfort.
  • In the rare cases where the discomfort lasts for more than 2 – 3 days, you must contact your Leeds dentist immediately
  • Results

Home bleaching can take from one to three weeks to achieve maximum results
Laser or intensity light bleaching – Instant results
Non –vital whitening - Gradually whitening results may appear within a day or two in certain cases

Maintaining the teeth for best and lasting results
It goes without saying that only proper maintenance and good food habits can help maintain the best and lasting results.  You may require to undergo future tooth whitening procedures once the effects of the previous procedure wear out, but you can always choose to increase this time period by following good eating habits and proper dental hygiene, and of course by meeting up with  your Leeds dentist for dental assessment and advice.
Food Habits

  • Avoid foods that stain, such as tobacco and red wine for about a week
  • Continue to avoid staining foods and drinks so that you can put off your next whitening procedure for at least six to 12 months

Dental Hygiene

  • Keep your teeth clean and follow a healthy flossing and brushing routine to maintain whiteness.

Future tooth whitening procedures

  • The effects of you tooth bleaching can last for about 1-3 years, after which you may require to undergo another tooth whitening procedure
  • If you have opted for a home made bleaching program using a custom-made mouthpiece and whitening agent, then you can choose to whiten your teeth as frequently as you want, but only after getting the whitening schedule planned out with your Leeds dentist

Follow ups and check ups

  • You must go for a follow up to check the health of your gums and to rule out any possible damage that may have occurred due to the bleaching agent
  • If you have opted for a home made bleaching program using a custom-made mouthpiece and whitening agent, make sure to schedule an appointment with your Leeds dentist after a week to assess the progress and success of the procedure
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