Tooth Whitehing & White Fillings

Teeth Whitening

Everyday life takes its toll on our teeth. Drinking too much tea or coffee, smoking or even eating strongly coloured foods can stain and discolour them. There are toothpastes available that will help remove these stains, but they can’t change the actual colour of the tooth underneath.
The colour of your teeth is determined by your DNA, just like the colour of your hair or your eyes. As we get older, the dentine – the soft, pulpy substance below the enamel that protects the nerves and the blood supply to the tooth – changes colour, becoming more yellow. This is something which a stain-removing toothpaste alone cannot help.
Dentists can, though. By applying a bleaching agent to the teeth, they can whiten the teeth, giving you a sparkly white smile. This procedure is simple, harmless and practically painless.
It is important, though, to do it under your dentist’s supervision. Don’t be tempted to buy kits over the counter or on the Internet. Not only are they not made to fit your mouth exactly, it may be that bleaching isn’t suitable for you, especially if you have gum disease or crowns.

How does my dentist whiten my teeth?
The most common way a dentist will whiten or bleach your teeth is using a special sleeve and some gel. First of all, the dentist will give your mouth a thorough check-up to make sure there are no other problems and that your gums are nice and healthy. Then he or she will take an impression of your teeth, upper and lower, using a tray with dental putty. Using that impression, a plastic sleeve will be made which can fit snugly and exactly around your teeth.
The dentist will then show you how to put a small amount of the bleaching gel into the sleeve and then how to slide it over your teeth. Then you take the sleeve and the gel home and use it overnight, maybe every other or every third night, until your teeth are the desired colour. You may find that your teeth are more sensitive for about 24 hours after each application, but this is only temporary.

White Fillings

White fillings can transform your teeth by getting rid of ugly black fillings and letting your natural tooth shine through. Traditionally, cavities in back teeth were repaired with silver fillings, and white fillings were only used on front teeth. This was because the white filling material in the past was not as strong as silver amalgam, and so could not withstand the heavier chewing forces generated by the molar teeth. In the past 5-10 years, there have been significant advances in dental materials, so that now white fillings are as good as silver amalgam fillings.

They offer several advantages:

  • Far superior cosmetics – they look and feel just like natural teeth.
  • It is possible to bond white fillings to the tooth, so they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place.
  • There is no mercury in white fillings, which means they are kinder to the environment.
  • They do not expand in the cavity and so place less internal stress in the tooth than silver amalgam.

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