Versatile teeth whitening treatments

As you go about your daily business, it’s worth looking at other people’s smiles and getting an idea of what are the accepted norms for smiles these days. You will notice that amongst people under the age of about 40, it’s very important to have straight, well proportioned, white teeth. People are spending more on their smiles than ever before, and the most popular treatment of all is teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening in SuttonHere at Benhill Dental Practice in Sutton, we see more and more people coming in for teeth whitening treatment. It’s a great way of giving your smile a lift without having to go through lengthy and costly treatments. So, if you know you need to have a great smile for an upcoming event, you may well choose to get your teeth whitened, and there are 2 ways in which you can do this with us at Benhill Dental Practice.

How does teeth whitening work?

The treatment aims to gently lift out traces of pigments from various foods and drinks, such as coffee, red wine and dark chocolate. These get trapped in the pore of your tooth enamel and brushing can’t dislodge them, neither can a good clean with the hygienist.

Teeth whitening gel contains hydrogen peroxide, a tried and trusted whitener and disinfectant that has been around for a couple of hundred years. It comes in different strengths, depending on what it’s being used for.

We also use it in different strengths at the dental practice.

Power whitening

We use a stronger concentration of hydrogen peroxide for whitening treatments that we can oversee in the clinic. Power whitening gel is painted onto your teeth and takes about an hour to whiten your teeth by several shades.

At-home whitening

Using bespoke gel trays and a weaker gel, you whiten your teeth at home over a couple of weeks. You put the gel in the bespoke trays and wear them every day for a short period.

Both methods have their advantages. One is quick and can be done in your lunch hour. The second gives you trays that you can use every time you need to top up your treatment.

White teeth can be yours

Have you noticed how nearly everyone has wonderful white teeth in Sutton these days? How can that be? Are they just lucky or have they been coming to us at Benhill Dental Practice for a bit of help? We think it’s probably the latter.

There are 3 ways you can get white teeth. You can have teeth whitening, veneers or composite bonding, or you can have white fillings.

White Teeth in SuttonTeeth whitening

Modern foods and drinks can stain teeth. If you are a big coffee, tea, red wine or berry fan, or if you smoke, then each of these things will be leave tiny traces of their pigments on your teeth and those traces sink down into the pores of the tooth enamel and become impossible to get out with normal brushing and even with a scale and polish from the hygienist. But teeth whitening treatments can remove these surface stains.

We offer 2 methods of teeth whitening here. You can have power whitening, which takes an hour or so in the dentist’s chair to get teeth several shades lighter. You can also have a take-home kit, with bespoke gel trays. This is a gentler method and takes a couple of weeks to get whiter teeth.

Veneers and composite bonding

Sometimes we can’t whiten your teeth because the stains are not intrinsic to the tooth. Instead we can cover them over with porcelain veneers or composite bonding.

White fillings

Amalgam fillings show up dark glinty grey when you laugh and talk. They are a dead giveaway of previous dental decay and don’t look great. We can replace them, either all at once, or when the old amalgam wears out, using composite, a mixture of plastic and glass that is coloured to match your teeth. Composite fillings blend in with your teeth, and have other benefits too. They require the removal of less healthy tooth material and form a proper seal with the tooth. Composite fillings can be sculpted to give you a proper chewing surface.

Why not come in and find out more about how we can help you get the white teeth that everyone else seems to have.

Enhance your smile with professional teeth whitening in Sutton

Did you know that our teeth naturally darken as we age? Furthermore, certain foods, beverages and habits can contribute to a stained smile. Luckily, it is possible to erase years of discolouration in a single visit to the dentist. Professional teeth whitening in Sutton offers a quick, effective and inexpensive way to brighten your teeth by several shades.

Teeth Whitening in SuttonAt Benhill Dental Practice, we deliver two types of teeth whitening – power whitening and home whitening. Both methods are safe and effective. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth thoroughly and help you decide which treatment suits your individual needs. Some patients, such as those who are pregnant or sensitive to whitening agents, may not be candidates for professional whitening in Sutton.

What causes tooth discolouration?

Our teeth start out white and shiny, but can become discoloured as we age. However, some people are genetically predisposed to yellow teeth. Common causes of tooth discolouration include caffeine, carbonated drinks and tobacco products. Soy sauce and other highly-pigmented, dark-coloured dressings can also cause tooth discolouration. Last but not least, some medications are also responsible for yellow and stained teeth.

How can your dentist brighten your smile?

Professional teeth whitening consists of a thorough cleaning and polishing of the teeth with a special bleaching agent. If you decide to have your teeth whitened at our dental practice, your dentist will protect your gums before applying a whitening agent to the surface of your teeth. The product will be activated with a power light and left on the teeth for several minutes before being washed off with water. Your results will vary according to the natural shade of your teeth and degree of discolouration.

Home teeth whitening, on the other hand, involves wearing a set of customised, plastic trays along with bleaching gels for a few hours every day. One of the most convenient things about teeth whitening trays is that you can whiten your teeth over time, until you reach the ideal colour. More importantly, the application process can fit into your daily schedule and does not require frequent dental appointments.

To learn more about teeth whitening in Sutton, contact us today.

Why teeth whitening is so popular

There’s nothing quite like beautiful white teeth for giving your smile and your spirits a lift. It’s no wonder really that teeth whitening is the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. In Sutton, white teeth are incredibly popular too, among our patients at Benhill Dental Practice.

Why choose teeth whitening?

Teeth Whitening in SuttonWe have wondered about what makes this particular treatment the one that most patients gravitate towards when they are dissatisfied with their smiles. We have reached the conclusion that it is because it is so quick and easy, and that it doesn’t require the teeth to be altered in any way. Even mildly wonky teeth can look so much better if they are a healthy white colour, so people often choose this treatment when they are testing the waters of cosmetic dentistry. They may go on to have other, more permanent or invasive, treatments afterwards.

Teeth whitening also makes for a great top-off treatment for people who are having a lot of remedial work done, or have another cosmetic treatment such as getting their teeth straightened with braces. If they have been wearing fixed braces for several months and it is time for the great unveiling when the braces finally come off, patients often choose this time to have their beautiful and newly straightened teeth whitened. It really gives their smile a dramatic lift after all that hard work wearing braces for so long, and they leave our dental practice with huge beams of their faces.

And that’s what it’s all about really – being able to smile broadly. It feels wonderful and does wonderful things to the body, releasing large amounts of serotonin to lift the spirits.

Your options

At Benhill Dental Practice, we offer 2 ways to whiten teeth. You can come into the practice for power whitening. This takes about an hour and you just lie back and relax, while a more concentrated whitening gel on your teeth does its work. Or you can whiten your teeth at home with a less concentrated gel, wearing custom-made mouth trays for several hours, or overnight, each day. This takes about 2 weeks to get results.

Pearly whites to make your smile brighter

Are your teeth stained or discoloured? Do your teeth leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile? If the answer is yes, then there’s no need to fret. Benhill Dental Practice in Sutton provides professional teeth whitening to restore the natural shine to your teeth. Whether you have an important event coming up or just want to be able to smile with confidence again, teeth whitening provides a quick and reliable solution.

teeth-whitening-in-suttonHow does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening uses a clinically safe amount of bleaching agent to remove stains and lessen discolouration. The bleaching agent comes in the form of a whitening gel that is applied to your teeth. When carried out by a highly trained dental professional, such as at Benhill Dental Practice, teeth whitening is a safe and effective treatment.

Your options

At our modern practice, we offer two types of teeth whitening, depending on your personal needs.

Power whitening is carried out in the dental chair. Your lips and gums are protected with a barrier. A whitening gel is then applied to your teeth and activated using a UV light. After just an hour of treatment, your teeth will appear several shades brighter.

Home whitening involves the use of custom-made mouth trays, crafted to fit your teeth. A whitening gel is applied to these trays, which you then wear for a few hours in the day or night, from the comfort of your own home. Using our custom-made trays means you won’t need to worry about the whitening gel leaking out onto your gums or lips. Results can be achieved in just over two weeks.

In both cases, the extent of the whitening effect will depend on the initial colour of your teeth. Whichever teeth whitening option you choose to take, with our guidance and care you can look forward to a natural-looking finish. While this treatment is a temporary fix, you can prolong its effects.

Minimising foods and drinks that stain strongly and cutting back on smoking will make your treatment last longer. With advice from our experienced dentists, you can make the most of your teeth whitening in Sutton. So get in touch today to enjoy brighter smiles.

Whiter Teeth

Whiter teeth are top of the wish-list for many people interested in cosmetic dentistry. Our teeth become stained by certain foods and drinks, including red wine and coffee, by smoking and by some medicines and medicated mouthwashes. Many people also find that as they become older they notice their teeth start to lose much of their natural lustre.

whiter teethAt Benhill Dental Practice we offer teeth whitening treatment to help you get that sparkle back in your smile. Teeth whitening can be carried out here at the dental practice or in the comfort of your own home. It’s a fast and effective way to remove the everyday stains from your teeth and give them a natural, brighter, whiter appearance.

Here’s how the treatment options work:

Home teeth whitening

If you choose home teeth whitening, you will still need to visit the dental practice so that your dentist can assess your suitability for treatment, and can take impressions of your teeth for your custom-made teeth whitening trays to be created.

When these trays are ready, we will see you again to check that they fit snuggly and will show you how to use them. You place a small amount of teeth whitening gel in the trays and wear them overnight for about two weeks.

Power whitening

Power whitening takes place here in our Sutton dental practice. Your lips and gums will be shielded and whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. A special lamp is placed over your teeth to activate the gel, which will gently remove even stubborn stains from your teeth. Power whitening takes just one hour, and will result in teeth that are several shades whiter.

Whichever option you choose, it’s important to remember that teeth whitening should only be carried out by a dentist or dental hygienist. The products used in dental practices, unlike those available online or on the high street, are tried, tested and safe. Teeth whitening should also only be carried out on healthy teeth, as patients with cavities or enamel erosion are more likely to experience sensitivity.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the UK. It’s a fast and effective way to improve the appearance of your smile and, when carried out by a dentist or dental hygienist, is safe and predictable.

teeth whiteningAt Benhill Dental Practice in Sutton, our fully-qualified hygienist, Debbie, provides teeth whitening treatment using the popular Zoom whitening system. There are two options for teeth whitening at our practice: power whitening in the dentist’s chair, and home whitening.

The key thing to remember if you are shopping around for teeth whitening treatments is that they must, by law, only be carried out by a dentist or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription. While there are a plethora of “teeth whitening” products available on the high street, from beauty salons and from the internet, these have often not been tested to the rigorous standards required of whitening products used by dentists.

This may simply mean that the products do not work, meaning you have wasted your money. This is a best-case scenario, however, as some of these products are actually dangerous and can damage your teeth and gums.

Teeth whitening products delivered by fully-qualified dental professionals are extensively tested and are safe. They use special bleaching agents to gently remove everyday stains caused by foods, drinks and habits such as smoking. The result will be teeth that are brighter and whiter.

Home teeth whitening involves using custom-made whitening trays made of light plastic. You place a little gel in these trays and wear them overnight for about two weeks.

Power whitening involves an appointment with hygienist Debbie here at our Sutton practice. She will carefully shield your gums and lips before applying whitening gel to your teeth. A special lamp is shone on your teeth to activate the gel while you sit back and relax. You could have brighter, whiter teeth in just one hour.