This can be repeated every six months (as can the in-practice whitening, although most clients fi nd they can leave it three or four years before needing a boost).
whitened for their wedding are advised to do so about a week before the big day, as sometimes the teeth can be a little sensitive for a few days after bleaching. It’s also important to avoid potentially staining foods for a couple of days.
costs from £450, and Home Kits from £250. For further information or to arrange a free consultation, call 01296 624 163 or visitwww.smiledesigndental.co.uk
A TEETH WHITENING SESSION AND HOME KIT COURTESY OF SMILE DESIGN DENTAL PRACTICE
A bright, confident smile makes a world of
smile and is a quick and painless procedure.”
difference to a couple’s wedding photographs
The colour of our teeth is actually genetically
– particularly those all-important romantic
determined, but teeth also naturally darken
close-up shots. That confidence comes not
as we age and can become further stained
whitening and a home kit with a specially-
only from within, but also from having a set
by tea, coffee, red wine and smoking. Not
many people realise that fizzy drinks can also
discolour teeth by wearing down the outer
popular cosmetic treatments in the UK but,
enamel layer allowing the underlying yellow
as with any medical procedure, it’s always best
to have the this popular procedure carried
following question: What is the outer
out by an expert – preferably by a dental
layer of the tooth called?
practitioner who can check if the patient’s
The whitening treatment takes about an hour.
A protective gel is placed on the gums and
Dr Komal Suri, of Wendover’s Smile Design
a layer of bleach (35% hydrogen peroxide) is
Dental Practice explains: “Tooth whitening
spread over the teeth and left to develop under
uses bleaching products, which alter the
supervision. Immediately afterwards, the teeth
tooth’s natural colour. Teeth stained by
are dehydrated, and thereafter appear even
tetracycline antibiotics, teeth of children aged
whiter than they truly are (they settle to their
under 12, pregnant ladies; teeth stained by
fluoride; loss of enamel; decay or gum disease,
At Smile Design Dental Practice, Dr. Suri
would not be suitable. Teeth with crowns or
also provides home kits which come with a
porcelain veneers will obviously not whiten
small rubber mould taken from an impression
either, so those who have had these made to
of the patient’s teeth. The patient can then
match the colour of their existing teeth may
apply a little bleaching gel (6% hydrogen
want to think twice about whitening the rest.
peroxide provided in syringes) onto this
“On the plus side, if your teeth are suitable,
mould. For best results, this procedure must
it can make a very big difference to your
be applied daily for 45 minutes for two weeks.
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