Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing or damaging any of the tooth surface. Usually the original shade of the tooth is whitened to a lighter colour, rather than being turned completely white.

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As we get older our teeth get darker. This is partly due to our getting older, but it is also caused by the foods we eat and drink, and by other habits such as smoking. Tea, coffee, blackcurrant juice, red wine and other foods that have strong colours can have an effect on the overall colour of our teeth. Teeth may also darken as a result of some antibiotics.

Some people naturally have a more grey shade of teeth. Other people have white spots on their teeth. This can be caused by early tooth decay, or illness when the tooth was forming.

There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth. ‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the enamel surface or tiny cracks can appear in the teeth which take up stains.

At Golds’ Place Dental we use Wy10 teeth whitening technology and it is known for their range of revolutionary teeth whitening products, used by numerous dental professionals.

How does WY10 teeth whitening work?

Because of the hydrogen peroxide contained in the whitening solution, WY10 can break through the stains on teeth at a much faster rate. Most whitening gels used in professional treatments are made up of bleach and several other chemicals that can hinder its progress, WY10 has a much purer form of peroxide, allowing it to break down stain molecules in less time and to a greater degree. It is also water-based, so the porous structure of the tooth can soak it up quicker, without any adverse effects, and the viscosity level means it won’t slip and slide off the teeth, it will hold fast to get maximum results.

Home Whitening

At Gold’s Place Dental Practice we also offer home teeth whitening method. It is very gentle with no risk of damage to the enamel of the teeth.

Impressions of the teeth are taken at the surgery. From these impressions, upper and lower bleaching trays are made, which are tight-fitting trays designed for your mouth. Some tubes of whitening gel will be supplied. A small amount of the gel is placed in the front surface of each tooth-well in the tray. The aim is to cover the front surface of the teeth with a very thin layer of gel. The tray is placed on your teeth, and wiping away any excess. The tray is placed in the mouth for 1/2 hour. This treatment is repeated daily for approximately 10-30 days. Gradually over several applications the teeth will lighten.

A common side-effect of whitening is increased sensitivity. If this occurs, then delay your next whitening treatment until the sensitivity has subsided.

The amount of whitening varies with each individual. Most patients achieve a change within 2-5 weeks when using the home kit. It is advisable not to drink tea, coffee or red wine, or eat berries or curries after treatment for at least a month.

What is involved in the whitening process?

Most professional whitening procedures are carried out in a similar manner, they are non-surgical and don’t generally require anaesthetic – unless the patient has unusually sensitive gums. Before the treatment, your dentist should give your teeth a general assessment to make sure they are healthy enough to undergo whitening – most people don’t have any problems with this stage, but only teeth in good condition are suitable, if you have cavities or gum disease, they will have to dealt with first. Possible complications should be explained at this point, teeth whitening is on the whole a very safe procedure, but it’s important to look at every aspect of it before continuing.

To prepare your teeth for the treatment, they will be carefully cleaned to remove any plaque or small food particles that may be trapped in hard to reach areas; they are also given a quick polish. Before the WY10 peroxide gel can be applied to the enamel, the lips and gums have to be drawn away from the teeth with some type of protective material, either cotton wads or a plastic shield, this is to make sure the soft tissues are not exposed to the strong gel. When a generous layer has been applied, the whitening process can begin.

A WY10 curing lamp is used to activate the components in the gel, the blue colour heats the peroxide gently and allows it to work to maximum efficiency. The teeth themselves or the surrounding areas are not heated; it’s only the gel that reacts with the light. As with most other types of whitening, the WY10 solution is left to work for about fifteen minutes, before it is removed and another layer applied. When the second layer has done its job, a third and final application may carried out, but is not always necessary because the gel is so efficient.

Professional teeth whitening treatments should take effect immediately, in some cases lightening teeth by as much as eight shades. Your dentist will probably want to record the results, to make sure your teeth are the desired shade, and also for showing other patients what dramatic changes can be achieved. WY10 whitening often outstrips its competitors as far as instant results go, and can make teeth lighter by at least ten shades with most patients.

Does the procedure have any side effects?

Tooth whitening is a very common treatment and millions of people experience it without any side effects, but your dentist should make you aware beforehand that no clinical procedure is 100% risk free.

Although Wy10 bleaching formulation gives the least sensitivity problems, there are still some people experiencing sensitivity in their teeth in the few days after treatment; this is perfectly normal and should not be too painful. Sensation should return to normal after forty-eight hours. Avoid hot or cold drinks during this time, or even try specialist fluoride toothpaste if you are very uncomfortable.

Other effects are similarly short-term, mainly because the process is non-surgical, so the healing time is usually minimal. You may notice some white patches on your gums, this could occur if the gel is not properly applied or a little has been splashed on the gums. Again, this shouldn’t cause you too much pain and should heal within a few days. If you find yourself in severe pain or you seem to have reacted badly to the treatment for whatever reason, give your dentist a call for advice, or make an appointment at the emergency clinic. Meanwhile, over the counter pain relief should help relieve the discomfort until further help is available.

You may also find that your teeth revert slightly to their original shade after the initial treatment – although this is not as much of a problem with WY10 technology – as a result of rehydration, so it might be necessary to return for another course of whitening, just to keep the colour topped up. Alternativly, we recommend to take home whitening kit to prolong and to stabilise the effect.