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Got a question about teeth whitening? Here are some answers

questions about teeth whitening

Here at The Dental Clinic Radlett we often see patients who are unhappy about the colour of their teeth. During an initial consultation, we do a thorough oral health check and discuss your treatment options. We are proud to offer teeth whitening systems such as Philips Zoom! NiteWhite and DayWhite Take-Home Whitening Kits. To help you, we have put together the top questions we are asked most frequently by patients who are considering having their teeth whitened.

Simon and Stuart work on all of our teeth whitening cases and have given many patients a beautifully brightened up smile. They are both qualified to deliver this treatment and have been providing this treatment for the past 15 years. Here are a few questions Simon and Stuart have answered for us:

Question: Does the treatment hurt?

Simon: Teeth whitening may cause sensitivity during or after treatment and slight discomfort in the gums. Both of these side effects are usually temporary and will disappear a few days after treatment. It is important to tell us if you experience any of these symptoms as we will be able to advise how best to cope in the meantime. Here at The Dental Clinic we offer Philips Zoom! NiteWhite and DayWhite Take-Home Whitening Kit.

Question: Do I really need to avoid coffee and red wine afterwards?

Stuart: Some foods and drinks stain the teeth, which is what causes most of the discolouration in the first place. Avoiding things like coffee and red wine will help you to maintain the effect of the treatment for longer. Stopping smoking will also help prevent your teeth from staining too. It is important to understand that tooth whitening doesn’t last forever but there are things that you can do to keep your healthy white smile in tip top condition. Keeping your oral health at a peak is also helpful, so ensure you brush twice a day, floss regularly and visit a dental hygienist as often as they recommend. You can book your hygiene appointment by simply calling us on 01923 859678 or book an appointment online.

 Question: Why cant I get it done at my local beautician?

Simon: Teeth whitening can only be carried out by a dentist – or a dental hygienist under prescription of a dentist – who are registered with the General Dental Council. It is illegal for anyone else to offer tooth whitening and this law is in place purely to protect the public. Would you ask your dentist to carry out a leg or bikini wax before you jet off on holiday? Hopefully the answer to that is no, because they are not trained to do so correctly or safely.

The same goes for teeth whitening. Here at The Dental Clinic, Stuart and I are qualified and have had the correct training and knowledge to properly look after your teeth and to know whether the treatment is actually suitable for you and to carry it out without damaging your teeth or gums.

If you are interested in getting your teeth whitened, you will also be pleased to know that we offer complimentary consultation with Lily our Treatment Coordinator who can talk you though what’s involved. Book your appointment now.

If you have any questions about having your teeth whitened, be sure to book an appointment with us today to discuss your options. Drop into the practice at The Dental Clinic, 359 Watling Street, Radlett, Herts, WD7 7LB or call us on 01923 859678.


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