Consulting a cosmetic dentist is essential if you want whiter teeth. Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a number of ways to brighten up your smile, whether your tooth stains are temporary or permanent. These include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and replacing metal fillings or crowns with tooth-coloured alternatives.
There are numerous products on the market that claim to whiten teeth, and bizarre claims that everything from cider vinegar to turmeric can be used for teeth whitening. Vinegar should never be applied directly to the teeth because it is highly acidic and can cause damage to tooth enamel. As for turmeric, if you’ve ever cooked a curry you will know it is more likely to turn things yellow than white.
As for supposed teeth whitening products that can be bought from the internet or provided in beauty salons, in the best case scenario they won’t produce the results you want. In the worst cases, they have been known to cause serious damage to teeth, gums, and mouth.
A cosmetic dentist will only use tested, safe, effective methods of whitening your teeth. The teeth whitening systems we use at Harley Street Dental Clinic are regulated and have been proven to be safe, gentle, and effective. You wouldn’t go to anyone other than your dentist for a filling, denture or brace, and teeth whitening treatment should be thought of no differently.
Teeth whitening with a Harley Street cosmetic dentist
When you come into our Harley Street clinic for a teeth whitening consultation, the first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is to ascertain the nature of your tooth staining. Numerous factors play a role in discolouring teeth; dental plaque is the leading cause of tooth staining, and 66% of the British public have visible plaque on their teeth.
A Harley Street hygienist can get rid of your dental plaque and teach you how to prevent it returning.
Your cosmetic dentist can offer both home and in-clinic teeth whitening. The former takes a fortnight while the latter takes just an hour.
For permanent discolouration, your cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneer.