We offer our patients professional laser or mouthpiece teeth whitening. How does the treatment look like?
Mouthpiece tray whitening:
Sandblast cleaning is one of the simplest treatments in aesthetic dentistry. It allows our teeth to restore their previous whiter shade and shine. How does teeth sandblasting look like? Here is a simplified scheme:
Porcelain veneers are the great tool of the aesthetic dentistry. They are fixed prosthetic restorations applied to cover the unaesthetic outer surface of the upper and lower teeth.
They are made entirely from porcelain – without a metal base – so they provide wonderful aesthetics and can change every smile. A great advantage of porcelain veneers is that they do not require so much teeth grinding as dental crowns – it means they are safer to the teeth tissue. The thickness of porcelain veneers varies from 0.4 to 0.8 mm so the hard dental tissue is minimally affected.
How does the treatment look like? Here is a simplified scheme:
Nothing is more welcomed by people around us than our wide and honest smile. Unfortunately, not all of us can smile this way. Discoloured teeth make us smile less wide and less often. Fortunately, there is an effective remedy. We offer professional teeth discolouration removal which restores their natural look. Teeth discolouration may be of intrinsic (caused by internal factors) or extrinsic (caused by external factors) character.
How does the treatment look like? Here is a simplified scheme:
Tartar (calculus dentalis) is a mineralised layer of dental plaque. Tartar may be formed over or under the gum line, and it may irritate the gums. Tartar is a good retentive factor for bacterial biofilm, and its layer is much more sticky which may cause more serious problems, including cavities and gum diseases. Tartar does not only cause danger for the teeth and gums but is also an aesthetic problem. It is characterised by higher porosity so it can be easily covered with stains. People who drink a lot of coffee or tea, or smoke tobacco, should pay special attention to tartar prophylaxis. Tartar is much harder than dental plaque, therefore it can’t be removed with such standard oral hygiene tools like a toothbrush or dental floss. Tartar removal may be done by sandblasting or by piezoelectric or magnetostrictive ultrasonic scaling.
How does tartar look like?
Tartar is usually yellowish, but sometimes gets discoloured with the dyes contained in food (tea, red wine) or as a result of tobacco smoking. It is hard and adheres tightly to the teeth; its surface is rough and uneven. Tartar deposits may be present on individual teeth surfaces, around the teeth or – less often – on all the teeth.
Sandblasting – aesthetic procedure of removing discolourations, deposits, and tartar (tooth scaling) with pressurised water mixed with cleaning particles (sodium bicarbonate) and other chemicals (including air bubbles). Because scaling is not a therapeutic procedure it can be performed not only by a dentist but even by a dental hygienist. The procedure includes thorough cleaning of each visible surface of subsequent teeth. A patient has to spit out a characteristic salty suspension quite often; to eliminate the problem to some extent an aspirator can be used. The procedure is virtually painless although the patient may feel temporary discomfort as they need to keep their mouth open for a prolonged time (up to 20 minutes); salty taste of the liquid and pressure directed not only towards the teeth but also to the gums and the patient’s tongue may also be inconvenient. Recently, sandblasting has also been used to treat caries. A stream of particles and pressurised air removes diseased tooth tissue, leaving the healthy tissues intact. The method is painless and may replace traditional drilling. It should be remembered that the sandblasting effect lasts longer when we care about our oral hygiene. Because of the sandblasting agent composition we do not clean the teeth in asthmatic patients and in patients with low sodium diet. Caution: tobacco smoking, or drinking coffee and tea is prohibited 3 hours after the procedure. The teeth are deprived of the layer protecting them from discolourations, and proteins in saliva require 3 hours to restore this layer.
Teeth whitening done under a dentist’s supervision is absolutely safe for the teeth and gums; the only inconvenience which might occur after whitening is temporary teeth sensitivity which usually disappears within 24 hours.
Contraindications to whitening are: pregnancy, breast feeding, epilepsy, and the age under 16.
The whitening effect may last from ca. 6 months to 2-3 years; it depends on dietary habits, level of oral hygiene and individual predispositions. After this time the treatment may be repeated.
The so-called „48-hour white diet“ is necessary after treatment ends: coffee, tea, dark juices and other “coloured” drinks and foods should be avoided as well as tobacco smoking.
Sandblasting is done in order to remove thoroughly the deposits on the teeth surfaces which are the result of drinking coffee and tea, or tobacco smoking, and which are difficult to remove with other methods; after removing the deposits, our teeth regain their previous whiter shade and shine.
When correctly applied, sandblasting is absolutely painless and it is completly harmless to our teeth and gums.
After sandblasting the so-called „48-hour white diet“ is necessary: coffee, tea, dark juices and other “coloured” drinks and foods should be avoided as well as tobacco smoking; then you can come back to your normal diet.
Hardly bleachable teeth discolouration, enamel and dentine defects, unaesthetic front teeth restorations, damaged teeth margins, chipping of the incisal edges, diastema or gaps between the teeth, the shape of front teeth the patient cannot accept.
Yes: habitual teeth grinding, some types of malocclusion and bad oral hygiene are the contraindications to porcelain veneers. They are not applied on non-vital teeth, after root canal treatment and on the teeth with big restorations. All-ceramic crowns are optimal solutions in such cases.
The latest tests performed on a group of over 1400 patients wearing porcelain veneers have confirmed their high longevity. In 93% of cases their longevity is 10 years which means that for each 100 of porcelain veneers applied 93 are in their optimal shape after 10 years of wearing, performing their functions well; this result is much better than for dental fillings.
Yes, at the initial examination a dentist will decide on the best method of restoring your teeth to their natural uniform colour.
Yes, this is a textbook indication to intra-dental whitening. Even for a blue-gray teeth we guarantee the restoration to their natural colour uniform with other teeth.
The effect of an intra-dental whitening is permanent and the whitening does not require to be repeated; the colour of whitened non-vital teeth is uniform with other teeth.