Busy working professionals do not always have the time or patience to have lengthy cosmetic dental procedures, even if it means they can have the smile that they would like to have. We are a society that lives in the now and if we cannot see a short-term advantage to a situation, we are sometimes forced to put it on the backburner until we have more time for them.
Should it be a major treatment, like veneers or teeth straightening procedures, then sometimes we are able to make these positive changes to our smile.
However, less significant dental care can be overlooked. By providing some DIY at home treatments for our patients, we hope to save you from the need to spend time at our practice when you don’t need to.
Your dentist in Edinburgh is always here to provide solutions that can aid you in enjoying your smile more. Because when you love your smile, you are more likely to take good care of it. A healthy smile can provide you with a lifetime of use and you might be surprised at how much more confident you feel when your smile is looking its best.
Your dentist in Edinburgh can help you to make small changes to your oral hygiene routine that can keep it cleaner and healthier.
What on earth are we talking about?
Teeth whitening of course! Teeth whitening is extremely popular and this is for a very good reason. Millions of people worldwide see significant results and many whiten their teeth before a special event, or just because they want to feel better about their smile.
It is important to determine whether or not your teeth are suitable for a teeth whitening treatment. Your dentist in Edinburgh will closely inspect your teeth to determine the level of staining that you have and what kind of staining it is. Stains can come from a number of sources and, unfortunately, there are some kinds that we simply cannot fix. Medines can stain your teeth and so can a few dental treatments. In these instances, it will be difficult to restore the colour of your teeth back to their original colour.
However, if you drink a lot of coffee, tea, or red wine, if you smoke, or enjoy frequent curries, then we might be able to lighten your teeth by several shades.
You will also be made aware at your consultation that some teeth are a darker hue than others. If you are unhappy with the shade of your natural teeth, we can discuss alternative methods such as veneers, to whiten your smile.
If you choose to take a whitening kit home with you, we will provide you with all of the necessary tools and information so that you can whiten your teeth at your own leisure. Usually you can wear the provided tray and cleaning gel overnight, using a less potent chemical than the one we use in the practice.