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10 Secrets to Brighter Whiter Teeth
Want brighter, whiter teeth?
Have your pearly whites lost their lustre due to teeth stains? Stained teeth can occur naturally as we age, but some common foods, drinks and even mouthwashes can cause teeth stains. Do-it-yourself remedies can help whiten teeth and avoiding substances that stain teeth can stop further discolouration. Use these secrets for whiter teeth to help restore your bright smile.
1.Do-It-yourself teeth whitening
You may be able to get rid of superficial teeth stains by yourself. A number of at-home teeth whitening products - kits, strips and toothpastes - may lighten stains. There are even some old-fashioned remedies you can try. Tooth whitening products available on pharmacy shelves use mild bleaching to brighten yellow teeth. Toothpastes use abrasives and chemicals to remove surface stains. For deep stains, you may need a dentist's help.
2.Tooth whitening and dental work
Approach tooth whitening with caution if you have lots of dental veneers, bonding, fillings, crowns and bridges. Bleach will not lighten these manufactured teeth – meaning they will stand out among your newly whitened natural teeth. To match your new tooth shade, you may need to investigate new dental work, including veneers or bonding.
3.Preventing teeth stains
As we age, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away. The underlying layer, called dentin, is more yellow. That's why it's important to avoid teeth stains in the first place, especially after whitening. If you take care with foods and drinks that cause tooth discolouration, the results of teeth whitening may last up to one year. Whitening teeth too often could make them look translucent and blue - so you'll want to maintain your new smile.
4.To keep teeth white, don’t light up
Not only is it bad for your health, smoking is one of the worst offenders when it comes to teeth stains. Tobacco causes brown stains that penetrate the groves and pits of tooth enamel. These can be hard to remove by brushing alone. The longer you smoke, the more entrenched the stains become. Smoking also causes bad breath and gingivitis (gum disease), and increases risk of oral cancers.
5.Foods that cause teeth stains
There's another reason to watch what you eat: some common foods can cause tooth discolouration. Here's an easy way to tell if a food might be at fault: anything that can stain a white cotton t-shirt can stain teeth, say dentists. Coffee stains teeth, for example. Other top offenders are beverages such as tea, dark fizzy drinks and fruit juices. These teeth stains develop slowly and become more noticeable as we age.
6.Think as you drink
They may be packed with disease-fighting antioxidants but a glass of red wine, cranberry juice or grape juice also stain teeth easily. That doesn't mean you should give them up, but remember to brush or rinse your mouth after you drink. These aren't the only teeth-staining foods to be aware of...
7.More foods that stain teeth
The deep colour of these fruits and vegetables give them their nutritional punch. But blueberries, blackberries and beetroot leave their colour on teeth as well. Eat up for your health and prevent tooth stains by:
Brushing teeth an hour after eating.
Rinsing your mouth with water.
8.Sports drinks tough on teeth?
While all sweetened drinks are bad for teeth, some energy and sports drinks may be worse, according to studies. Researchers found that these drinks - as well as bottled lemonade - may erode tooth enamel after long-term use. The result is thin, translucent, discoloured teeth. To prevent tooth erosion:
Don't sit and sip these drinks for a long time.
9.Medication that can stain teeth
The antibiotic tetracycline cause grey teeth in children whose teeth are still developing. Antibacterial mouthwashes that contain chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride can also stain teeth. Some antihistamines, antipsychotic drugs and blood pressure medications cause tooth stains, as can iron and too much fluoride. If bleaching doesn't help, ask your dentist about dental bonding, in which a tooth-coloured material is applied to teeth.
10.Don’t forget daily maintenance
One simple strategy can help maintain white teeth: brush. Brush at least twice and floss at least once daily. Even better, brush an hour after every meal. Brushing helps prevent tooth stains and yellow teeth, especially at the gum line.
Open wide and say "whiter teeth!"
See your dentist for regular check ups and a hygienist for professional cleaning. The abrasion and polishing methods they use can remove most teeth stains caused by food and tobacco.
Zoom has been called many things: In chair whitening! Laser whitening! Zoom whitening
Zoom is a fast way of transforming your smile with instant result. The treatment is done exclusively by a dental care professional, at Estetica by a dentist!
This is a professional way of whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide. The treatment has been modified during the time of its marketing so that a low concentration is used in 4 consequent 15 minutes applications. The light and activator used together with the hydrogen peroxide increase the potency of the material. This is a gentle approach with an extreme outcome! The result is immediately whiter teeth.
What happens on the treatment day?
On arrival, you will be asked by a member of our staff to fill in a medical history form and read through and sign a consent form. You may want to remember or make notes on any questions you have with regards to the information given to you in the consent form so you can discuss them with the dentist providing Zoom.
The dentist will do a basic dental examination to ensure that you are within the criteria of suitable patient for Zoom. Your examination will include radiographs. The purpose of this is to eliminate reasons for complications as much as possible.
The present shade of your teeth will be taken; you will see the shade being compared and help decide on the shade. Photographs will be taken for future reference.
Impressions will be taken from your teeth in order to make whitening trays to be used at home after your Zoom session.
You will be positioned in a comfortable position in agreement with the dentist as you will be in this position for at least 15 minutes. You will be given protective glasses.
Your teeth will be isolated as instructed by the manufacturer of the whitening kit. This will mean that all soft tissue around your teeth including your lips and part of your face will be protected against the harshness of the whitening gel and the light.
Only after all protective measures are taken, the activator of the gel and whitening gel will be applied on your teeth. This will be repeated 4 consecutive times, each time removing the old material and applying a new layer allowing it to whiten your teeth with maximum efficiency under the Zoom light.
What happens after the treatment?
After your treatment, a new shade and photograph will be taken from your teeth. You will be going home with instructions and information for aftercare and your confident new smile!
Your results will be reviewed after your home whitening is finished in a short appointment. And of course you can always contact us if you need to, prior to your review appointment.
Please read our Terms and conditions before making an appointment!
Also please note: an £80 deposit is required at the time of booking.
Changing your Smile with almost invisible Braces
Have you ever thought about having braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile? To be honest, it’s not exactly everyone’s cup of tea. “A little bit conscious of wearing the traditional brace’ is one fairly regular comment made. If you feel like that, why not consider Invisalign braces ?
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth.
Wearing the aligners, which are changed every two weeks, will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you. What’s more, a virtual 3D treatment plan shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign braces are your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign. It is far and away the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
Four benefits of Invisalign braces are:
Clear aligners that are virtually invisible
Smooth comfortable plastic aligners
Aligners are removable for easy cleaning
You can eat whatever you want
Estetica is a dental practice based in Chertsey, Surrey where owner Dr Sina Salimi speaks highly of the treatment and the success rate that has attracted so many clients to the practice in recent years. He said; “One of our patients, Lilly, is a 29 year old professional lady who came to us because she was unhappy with her smile. She felt that a good smile would affect her personal and professional life.
“After considering different options, fixed, removable or invisible braces , Lilly opted for Invisalign. Her treatment began in June 2012 after a full consultation during which the process was explained to her. A number of plastic attachments were placed on the teeth for a period of 12 months, during which Lilly made regular visits to the hygienist.
“Lilly has experienced no discomfort whatsoever and as you can see by the pictures below, the progress has been significant. I am delighted as the dentist and we are even happier that as a patient, Lilly is very happy with the progress. We aim to keep you posted once treatment is finished.”
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If you are living in the Surrey area and want to speak with someone about the possibility of this wonderful, modern day treatment, contact Dr Salimi here at Estetica. You can also keep up to date with us on Facebook, Twitter Instagram or YouTube.
Your options for a SmileMakeover
Not everyone is a candidate for whitening. Bleaching is not recommended if you have tooth-coloured fillings, crowns caps or bonding in your front teeth — the bleach will not change the colour of these materials, making them stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you may want to investigate other options, like veneers or bonding.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic glued to the front of your teeth. For teeth that are severely discoloured, chipped or misshapen, they create a durable and pleasing smile. Veneers are difficult to stain, making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile.
There are two types of veneers:
Porcelain (indirect) veneers, which must first be created to fit your teeth in a dental laboratory and require two visits to the dentist. Porcelain veneers cost between £750-£800 per tooth and last from 10 to 15 years or more
Composite (direct) veneers, in which enamel is bonded to your tooth in a single visit. Composite veneers cost significantly less, around £250-£350 per tooth, but last less than the porcelain.
Bonding uses composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolour your smile. After applying a very mild etching solution that slightly roughs the surface of your teeth and permits the bonding material to adhere, your dentist applies the resin and sculpts, colors and shapes it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light hardens the material, which is then finely polished.
Book a Free consultation with us and dr.Sina Salimi can tell you if you are a good candidate for veneers or bonding.