- Dr Vyla Ellis
Do you want whiter, brighter, teeth?
Are your teeth darker than they used to be? Are you looking for a Hollywood smile? If so you've probably thought about teeth whitening. Let's talk about what's involved.
Why are my teeth stained?
Everything we eat and drink can stain our teeth and these stains build-up over time. Common culprits are red wine, coffee, tea, tomato based sauces, curries and beetroot. If it's difficult to clean out of your clothes then it's usually staining your teeth. Smoking causes heavy staining of the teeth. The other reason for staining is age. As we get older the white enamel thins and more of the yellow inner layer of the tooth shows through. In these situations brushing will provide some improvement but will not get your teeth back to the colour they used to be.
What can I do?
Tooth whitening is the simplest, safest and most cost effective way to whiten your teeth. Tooth whitening can be easily completed in the comfort of your own home.
How does it work?
Models are taken of the teeth and custom trays are made to fit your teeth. Bleach is then placed in the trays and the trays placed on the teeth. They are left in place for 90 minutes. When removed you simply brush and rinse the teeth. This process is repeated daily for about 2 weeks or until the desired result in achieved.
Does it really work?
Yes. The main side effect of whitening teeth is sensitivity. To combat this we recommend use of a sensitive toothpaste during whitening.
How long does it last?
As you continue to enjoy food and drinks that stain, your teeth will stain. Once every year or 2 you many need to wear your trays for 1 or 2 sessions to get your teeth back to the shade of white you like. The original custom trays can be used. It is simply a matter of getting some new tooth bleach which is reasonably inexpensive.
It is safe?
When instructions for use are followed this method is safe.
Is it suitable for everyone?
We recommend use for age 16 and above. Any existing fillings, crowns or caps will not whiten. This is only an issue when these are on the front teeth. In this situation the fillings, caps and crowns will need replacement to match the teeth once they are whitened. We will discuss this with you during your consultation.
How do I get started?
Give us a call and make a time.