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Teeth whitening

At Oakleigh House the tooth whitening system we use is a quick and safe way to refresh and transform your smile- resulting in a healthy and more youthful appearance.

Treatment is pain-free and convenient and results can be seen from the first application.

WHY DO OUR TEETH DISCOLOUR?

Over time, our teeth naturally start to discolour- unfortunately this is a part of the ageing process- and it happens to everyone.

There are a number of reasons for this- often it is simply down to lifestyle and the effects of consuming dark food and drink items (coffee, tea, red wine and berries) over long periods of time.

Activities such as smoking stain the teeth from white to more of a yellow or grey. Darkening of the teeth can also be caused by damage to a tooth or the long-term use of certain medications.

No matter how well you look after your teeth it is impossible to stop this colour change- because stains build on the inside, as well as on the outside, of the teeth. Therefore, no amount of brushing or scaling and polishing by the hygienist will stop it.

HOW CAN MY TEETH BE WHITENED?

At Oakleigh House we use a tried and tested system called POLA NIGHT that proves very safe, popular and successful with our patients.

POLA NIGHT is a convenient take home tooth whitening system. It is a spearmint flavoured, crystal clear gel that contains a unique blend of soothers, conditioners and water to reduce sensitivity. The gel is applied to custom made trays (similar to a mouthguard), that you wear when you want to: at night or any time during the day. A bespoke mouthguard will be made for you by your dentist together with a full explanation and instructions for use.

IS TOOTH WHITENING SUITABLE FOR ME?

Tooth whitening is safe and suitable for use on the majority of people. It is normally possible to remove stains from most teeth- even those that are considered dead due to root damage.

Teeth with particularly bad staining as a result of tetracycline or fluorosis may not respond to treatment- or may require several doses.

Prosthetic devices such as crowns, fillings, dentures and bridges can’t be whitened. However, they can be replaced to match your new teeth, at an additional charge.

Treatment should be pain-free although you may notice a slight increase in sensitivity of the teeth and gums which should improve once treatment is finished.

IS TOOTH WHITENING SAFE?

Yes, when performed by a qualified dental health professional tooth whitening is safe. You should avoid the use of home kits which can be bought easily online. Also, you should never have your teeth whitened in beauty salons or hairdressing salons. Such treatments are unregulated and could result in long-term damage to your teeth and gums.