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Teeth Whitening at Appledore

Is it time to find your best smile?  Appledore Milton Keynes specialise in teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Milton Keynes

We all want to look our best and, seeing as your smile is one of the first things people notice, teeth whitening treatments are a great way to improve appearances.

Brighter, whiter teeth can do so much to enhance your smile and build your confidence.

Our experienced team of cosmetic dentists in Milton Keynes can provide you with more details of the different types of whitening we provide, including home whitening kits and teeth whitening at our dental clinic.

Contact us for a free online consultation to discuss your suitability for teeth whitening treatments.

Dr Teresa, Dentist Milton KeynesDr Teresa

Clinical Director, Appledore Dental, Milton Keynes
BDS LDSRCS

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Teeth Whitening at our Clinic in Milton Keynes

Zoom advanced power teeth whitening is the most advanced in-clinic whitening procedure used to remove stains from teeth, this typically results in your teeth becoming around six – ten shades lighter after just one treatment. Individuals with hectic lifestyles may benefit from the fast-paced nature of zoom treatment, which is completed in just one visit to the dental clinic.

How does Zoom work? – Your Appledore Clinician will cover your lips and gums with protection (you don’t want your gums whitened), they then apply Zoom Advanced Power whitening gel to your teeth and activate the whitening gel with the Zoom Lamp.

teeth whitening at Appledore Dentist Milton Keynes
teeth whitening at Appledore Dentist Milton Keynes

Teeth Whitening at Home

Alternatively, you may wish to whiten your teeth with our home treatment teeth whitening kits.

These kits are perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time to spare during clinic hours and can be used in your own time in the evening or at weekends at home.

You will still have the same professional guidance from the dentist but at home treatments are more gradual and you’ll start seeing effects after three days or so.

How do home whitening kits work?
Book your consultation – we’ll need to give you an initial in person consultation to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for whitening treatment.

Next, you’ll come back to the practice to collect your custom-made trays and gel (the trays look like a kind of mouth guard that covers your teeth and holds the whitening gel).

Whiten your teeth at home – your dentist will talk to you about how long to wear the trays each day, which can be anything up to eight hours (in which case, most people opt to wear them overnight). The time will depend on your teeth and the shade of white you’re looking for.

Teeth Whitening Frequently Asked Questions

Most of us start out with nice white teeth, thanks to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Our tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of eating and drinking (and especially consuming sugar) however over the years the enamel is worn down. This means that they become more transparent and you will start to see the yellow colour of dentin — the tooth’s core material — to show through.

During everyday eating and chewing this dentin core remains intact while millions of micro-cracks occur in the enamel – all very normal! It is these cracks that gradually fill up with stains and debris. As a result, the teeth eventually develop a dull and more yellow appearance.

Teeth whitening removes the stains and debris and the cracks are either re-mineralized by saliva or filled up again with organic debris.

What Causes Tooth Staining?
Age: As you get older your teeth will darken as a result of staining from everyday eating and drinking, together with some wear.

The earlier you start whitening your teeth, the more effective the results will be. For example as a teenager the whitening is fairly quick and effective as the teeth are generally not particularly stained.

As you get older and the teeth begin to show a yellow cast, whitening may require a little more effort. The yellow colour may become more brown and your teeth may develop more stubborn stains which can be more difficult to remove.

Starting color: We are all equipped with an inborn tooth color that ranges from yellow-brownish to greenish-grey, and intensifies over time. Yellow-brown is generally more responsive to bleaching than green-grey.

Translucency and thinness: Some of us have thinner and more transparent teeth, most noticeably the front teeth, and these type of teeth may be more tricky to whiten and they have less pigment in them that is necessary for bleaching. Our cosmetic dentists will let you know if we don’t think your teeth are suitable for whitening treatment.

Eating habits: We all like our foods and drinks that unfortunately are not great for keeping our teeth shining bright! Red wine, coffee, tea, cola, carrots, oranges and other deeply-colored beverages and foods causes considerable staining over the years. Also, acidic foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar contribute to enamel erosion. As a result, the surface becomes more transparent and more of the yellow-colored dentin shows through.

Smoking: Sadly, along with everything else that’s bad for you, nicotine leaves brownish deposits which slowly soak into the tooth structure and causes discoloration.

Grinding: Griding your teeth grinding can add to micro-cracking in the teeth and can cause the biting edges to darken.

Trauma: Falls and other injuries can produce sizable cracks in the teeth, which collect large amounts of stains and debris.

How White Can You Go? 
So bearing in mind everything we mention above, including your age and how stained your teeth are, results from teeth whitening treatments can vary from person to person. Before you embark on any whitening treatment, ask your dentist for a realistic idea of the results you are likely to achieve and how long it should take to achieve them.

Our cosmetic dentists in Milton Keynes can show you a shade guide and while whitening can occasionally lighten tooth color by nine or more shades, most of those who bleach their teeth are likely to see a change of two to seven shades.

Is there any risks involved with whitening my teeth?

Always consult your dentist before using teeth whitening treatments as your teeth may not be suitable (see info above).

Teeth whitening is generally very safe but there are certain things to be aware of:

Sensitivity: Whitening can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure and touch. This should last no longer than a day or two and we recommend using a sensitive teeth toothpaste.

Gum irritation: if you are using a home whitening kit with trays then you may experience some gum irritation but this will stop after the whitening treatment has stopped.

If you have both teeth sensitive and gum irritation, then limit how often you carry out the teeth whitening treatment.

Can I whiten my crowns or veneers?

Restorations such as bonding, dental crowns or veneers are not affected by teeth whitening treatments and therefore maintain their default colour while the surrounding teeth are whitened.

If cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or other restorations are part of your treatment plan, they should not be placed until a minimum of two weeks following bleaching to ensure proper adhesive bonding, function and shade matching.

How do I look after my newly whitened teeth?
Our dental team in Milton Keynes recommends the following after your whitening treatment:

  • Avoiding dark-colored foods and beverages for at least a week after whitening.
  • Whenever possible, sipping dark-colored beverages with a straw.
  • Practicing excellent oral hygiene – brushing and flossing after meals and at bedtime.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

At home tray whitening costs £403 and Zoom whitening in practice costs £561.

Call or message us today for a free online consultation to discuss your teeth whitening options for a brighter smile!

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