Cosmetic Whitening and Coloured Tooth Filling
Drinking too much tea or coffee, eating strongly coloured food or smoking can all discolour your teeth. Whilst whitening toothpastes can help to resolve this, they are not a solution to the problem.
At Dental Health Stop, we’re confident that our whitening systems can transform your smile. Simple, harmless and practically painless, our process will whiten your teeth, leaving you with a sparkling smile.
How Do We Whiten Teeth at Dental Health Stop?
We begin with an initial consultation to check that our system is suitable for you.
We’ll establish the colour of your teeth and discuss the colour you wish to achieve. Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are then taken to make whitening trays for home use. You will then have another visit to the surgery to be shown how to do the at-home whitening process using your custom-made whitening trays.
Tooth whitening is a great treatment to have if you want a smile makeover with no fuss. In fact, it’s one of the easiest treatments you could pursue to get your smile back, and more importantly your confidence.
There are many reasons why our teeth can become duller looking or have high staining. Tooth whitening can remove of staining, give you a brighter smile, and overall boost your confidence.
There are numerous ways your dentist can offer tooth whitening, but here at Dental Health Stop, we offer the ‘Home Tray system’ where we simply take impressions of your upper and lower teeth, make an ultra slim plastic tray, and then we show you how to use the bleaching gel that then goes inside the tray. We also advise you what food/drinks to avoid during and immediately after treatment so you can keep that bright smile. The treatment is completely safe and comfortable, with patients finding only a slight sensitivity that decreases once you stop whitening your teeth.
The great benefit of whitening your teeth yourself is that you’re in control so if you do experience some sensitivity during treatment, you can start and stop whenever you choose to do so. We always stock top-up tubes of bleaching gel here at the practice so you’ll never be without it.
A filling replaces part of a tooth that has been lost because of decay or accidental damage. All fillings are tooth coloured, carefully selected to match the original shade and shape of the tooth.
A filling will normally be carried out under local anaesthetic. The affected area will be cleared of decay or loose filling, the tooth will be washed and dried. Then the filling will be inserted and smoothed off before a bright light is applied to set the filling. The filling will then be trimmed off and polished.
Are They as Good as Silver Amalgam Fillings?
White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings.
But there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of a white filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite. We can advise you on the life expectancy of your fillings.
Is it Worth Replacing My Amalgam Fillings with White Ones?
It is usually best to change fillings only when we decide that an old filling needs replacing. If so you can ask to have it replaced in a tooth-coloured material. We sometimes prefer not to put white fillings in back teeth, as they are not always successful. One way around this would be to use crowns or inlays, but this can mean removing more of the tooth and can be more expensive.
What Are Tooth-Coloured Fillings Made Of?
This can vary, but they are mainly made of glass particles, synthetic resin and a setting ingredient.