Get a whiter smile just in time for Spring
Sadly, everyone’s teeth lose their shiny brightness as they get older. Even if you avoid coffee, smoking, red wine, and a host of other ‘bad’ foods and drinks, the chances are that you’ll struggle to keep the same shade of white that you had when your adult set first came through. One modern solution to this problem is - teeth whitening! Here are some top tips to get a whiter smile just in time for Spring;
Why are my teeth discoloured?
The slight grey shade that you can see most likely comes from the inside of your teeth, not the outer enamel. Enamel protects the soft inner part of a tooth, called dentin. Over time dentin will yellow, and this change in colour is visible through the enamel. Enamel itself also thins as we get older, which doesn’t help the situation. If you just have surface staining on the outside of your teeth from food and drink, then a simple scale and polish at the dentist might fix the problem. However, internal discolouration can only be fixed by a bleaching process that reaches further inside the tooth.
What is teeth whitening?
It’s a form of cosmetic dentistry. The best teeth whitening involves using a special kind of bleach, to permanently whiten your teeth. Drs. Nicolas & Asp offers Zoom whitening from Philips, which is a professional-standard service that takes around an hour to do. This type of whitening can lighten up to six shades - be suspicious of other products that may offer more whitening power, as it’s important to be safe. Too much bleach can make your teeth oversensitive, or even damage them. Remember, your teeth can’t easily be replaced! So get help from the best dentist in Dubai.
Why go to the dentist?
Getting your teeth whitened at a professional dentist’s surgery will be more effective than using an at-home kit, and safer than going somewhere that doesn’t have a trained dentist to manage the procedure. It’s also an excellent idea to have a dentist check the condition of your teeth beforehand. While teeth whitening is suitable for most people, a qualified dentist can check for any underlying problems. They can also help manage the outcome – for example, if you have any crowns or artificial parts of teeth, they won't be bleached alongside your own teeth! The best dentist in Dubai will be able to advise on the right approach for you.
First of all, you’ll have a consultation with the dentist to understand whether teeth whitening is suitable for you, and what the expected results could be. Once that’s done, the procedure itself takes an hour or less. The dentist will prepare your teeth and then apply a layer of whitening gel. A lamp with a special light is used to speed up the process. Then, this process is repeated again. It should take around 45 minutes in total. An additional post-treatment gel is used to keep sensitivity to a minimum afterwards. The dentist will also give you a kit to take home, so you can apply the gel again later as a ‘top up’.
What if I’d rather do it at home?
At Drs. Nicolas & Asp, you can also take the products home and do it yourself – it will just take a bit longer than having the procedure at the surgery.
What kind of a result can I expect?
It depends on the condition of your teeth when you get the whitening treatment. The good news is, the better you have looked after your teeth in the past – the better the results of the whitening can be! And, looking after your teeth after the whitening procedure will help prolong the results. Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothbrush, and floss regularly. Try to avoid staining, for example by drinking water after coffee to rinse the mouth.
To find out more about Drs. Nicholas & Asp teeth white solutions, please call on 04 394 7777