At New Road Dental Practice in Bromsgrove we’re dedicated to maintaining the highest standards possible at the practice and patients regularly ask her about the best teeth whitening options. Here are our team’s answers to the most asked teeth whitening questions.
Will professional teeth cleaning be enough to whiten my teeth?
A professional teeth cleaning is often adequate at removing external stains, but it will not significantly lighten your teeth. However, we recommend this as the first step in the overall whitening process and our hygienist here will ensure you have thorough cleaning session as well as recommending a home cleaning routine to help you achieve the most from your teeth whitening procedure.
My teeth are already sensitive, will whitening make them worse?
It is important to establish the cause of tooth sensitivity before a teeth whitening treatment but having sensitive teeth does not necessarily rule out treatment. Sensitive teeth often benefit from pre-treatment with remineralising products or an in-surgery whitening procedure, where we can incorporate nano-Hydroxyapatite (nHAp) to reduce sensitivity.
What is nano-Hydroxyapatite (nHAp)?
Within your teeth, 97% of enamel and dentine is made up of the mineral Hydroxyapatite. Dental erosion and other damaging processes in the mouth can cause loss of this mineral and damage the structure of the tooth, resulting in sensitivity. The application of dental products including nHAp helps to remineralise the weakened enamel.
I have a crown on a front tooth can I still proceed with tooth whitening?
White fillings and crowns will not change colour when you whiten your teeth. However, subject to the degree your teeth lighten, you may wish to replace your old crowns and fillings with whiter versions to match the lighter shade of your teeth following treatment.
I have had a root canal treatment previously will this tooth still lighten?
Teeth that have been endodontically treated respond very slowly to whitening and some do not respond at all. It may therefore be more effective to perform internal bleaching on the tooth.
How should I maintain my new white smile?
If you follow our recommended home cleaning routine you should continue to keep your whiter smile. The whiteness of your teeth will fade if you smoke, drink a lot of tea or coffee, red wine. Even eating many curries can have an effect.
Keep your toothbrush in good condition making sure you change your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush at least every two to three months. Also, use floss and interdental brushes as they can transform your smile by removing some of the staining in between teeth.
If you have any questions about Teeth Whitening here at New Road Dental Practice in Bromsgrove please call and speak with the team or book an initial consultation.