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Home Tooth Whitening

December 12, 2012

Some people are born with teeth that are somewhat more yellow than others, whereas other’s teeth may yellow with age. The most common causes of yellowing teeth is due to smoking, drinking tea, coffee and red wine, eating highly pigmented foods such as blueberries and cherries, or the accumulation of tartar due to poor dental hygiene.

Intrinsic stains inside the teeth can also cause yellower teeth. These stains could be caused by particular antibiotics taken during the time when teeth are forming, tooth trauma resulting in the death of a tooth’s nerve or ingesting too much fluoride up to the age of 16.
Caversham Heights Dental Practice offer Phillips Zoom tray system for home whitening from just £295 for private patients and £275 for Denplan patients, to improve the appearance of yellowed teeth. At home whitening is a popular approach to teeth whitening. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom fitted tray which will need to be worn for up to two hours per day or overnight for approximately two weeks.

At home whitening under dental supervision is highly successful and long lasting. However, there are some possible side effects, including: temporary sensitivity to hot and cold, a sore throat and tender gums. Although the side effects are minor and tend to disappear after a few days, please contact the dentist if this is not the case.

After your teeth have been whitened, to avoid the stains from returning and having the need to repeat the procedure, it is important to avoid smoking , drinking tea, coffee and red wine in addition to avoiding eating highly coloured food. Ensure that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine; brush and floss your teeth daily to avoid dental plaque forming.

The General Dental Council state that teeth whitening should always be undertaken with dental supervision. If tooth whitening is provided by anyone other a dentist or a Dental Therapist/ Hygienist under a dentist’s prescription, it is deemed illegal. Dental Nurses are able to make impressions for bleaching trays under a dentist’s prescription.

For more information about this service please contact the practice.