From Stained To Sparkling In Six Simple Steps

How a teeth whitening procedure in Clapham can dramatically improve your smile.

Although historically, teeth whitening procedures were usually reserved for celebrities and those with larger budgets, it has now become a popular procedure for people from all walks of life and occupations. The non-invasive nature and speedy results mean that the benefits are seen almost instantly.

In today’s blog, our Clapham cosmetic dentists look at the six stages that lead from teeth that are discoloured or stained to having great looking white teeth once again.

Stage 1 – Recognition

The first stage is recognition; recognition of the fact that, although your teeth may be discoloured, they don’t have to be that way. Acknowledging this fact is usually the first step for patients to take the required action to improve their appearance.

Stage 2 – Don’t make them worse

Although some discolouration occurs naturally as we get older, many of us also have daily habits which often worsens it. Habits such as drinking tea or coffee, smoking (also bad for many other reasons!), drinking red wine and eating curries, amongst other things. So if you are planning to have your teeth whitened at a point in the future, you may wish to stop or moderate these activities, so that your teeth don’t become even more badly stained. Remember that whilst a whitening procedure is effective in many cases, very badly stained teeth may require dental veneers, a more invasive procedure.

Stage 3 – Take action

Your next stage should be to make the ‘phone call that puts you on the path to great looking teeth. Thinking about it alone will not improve the whiteness, so take action if you really want to see the improvement happen. By calling our Clapham dentists, you can arrange an initial consultation where you can discuss your aims with the dentist so that an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.

Stage 4 – The procedure

This is the action that really changes your smile for the better. We will take impressions of your teeth and these will be used, by a dental laboratory, to create the close but comfortable fitting trays in which the whitening gel is placed. These are worn over the teeth for just a few hours each day, and within a week or two, you will notice an improvement in the whiteness of your teeth by up to eight shades.

Stage 5 – Maintain your teeth

Once you have had your teeth whitened in Clapham, you will want to keep them that way for as long as possible. Make sure to avoid too many staining food and drinks and brush your teeth well. A whitening toothpaste may prove useful in extending the length of time that the whiteness lasts. Discuss this with the dentist though, as some may contain excessive amounts of abrasive materials that can damage the surface enamel of your teeth if used too vigorously.

Stage 6 – Repeat as required

It may be that you had your teeth whitened for a one off special occasion, such as a wedding. If so, that is fine. For those who wish to maintain their white teeth though, once the discolouration starts to return (usually 4 to 6 months), the treatment can be repeated successfully and safely with no ill effects.

If you are already at stage three, why not call the Confidental Clinic in Clapham on 020 7801 9060 for your initial consultation with our cosmetic dental team? We’ll be pleased to help you on the road to a nice new smile!