How long does whitening last?

Getting your teeth whitened is the most popular form of cosmetic dentistry throughout the world. People love it because, no matter what the shape, position or condition of their teeth, it gives them a lift and makes their owner look more youthful and healthier.

But, like all cosmetic dental treatments, whitening is an investment and you will want your investment to last as long as possible. Let’s take a look at what causes tooth discolouration, how whitening works and how long it lasts.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowThose nasty stains on your teeth

In the majority of cases, discolouration is caused by traces of things we have ingested getting caught in the pores of our tooth enamel. These traces of things like coffee, tea, red wine and berries are embedded in the pores and won’t come out with brushing or hygienist treatments. They build up over time.

There are some problems that whitening can’t fix, and in that case, we would probably recommend that you have veneers to cover up the discolouration.

Two ways to get whitening

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer 2 ways to get your teeth whitened. You can come into the clinic and get your teeth whitened in around an hour. We use a fairly strong hydrogen peroxide gel that we paint onto your teeth and activate with a UV lamp. You can choose the shade of white you want to lighten to.

Alternatively, you can do the whitening yourself at home, using a milder gel and a set of bespoke gel trays we make from impressions of your teeth. These fit your teeth exactly to produce maximum contact between the gel and your teeth. You wear them for a short period each day and, depending on the depth of discolouration and how white you want to go, the results take 2-3 weeks to appear. The great thing about DIY home whitening is you can just buy more gel when you want to top up your treatment.

How long does whitening last?

It is generally reckoned that whitening treatments last about 18 months, but you can make them last longer by cleaning your teeth after every meal and avoiding the foods and drinks that cause staining.

Scottish winter welcomes smiles

Here we go again. The sun is disappearing from Scotland for the next few months. It’s dark, dark, dark again and we all need each other’s smiles to keep cheerful. How is yours doing? Is it up for breaking out spontaneously on the streets of Glasgow as we trek through the dark to and from work? Or are you keeping it under wraps and going for the grimace rather than the grin?

If you are a closed lip smiler because you are ashamed of your teeth, then why not think about getting the word’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment and giving us all a boost with your whiter smile?

Whitening in GlasgowWhy so popular?

Here at The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence, we think teeth whitening is so popular because it’s an easy way to transform any smile without having to have treatments that alter the size, shape or position of your teeth. It’s so easy, you can even do it yourself at home. Or, if you’d rather, we can do it for you at our dental practice. With either method, it’s a good idea to get any plaque removed first as this creates a barrier between the whitening gel and your teeth.

Take home whitening kits

It’s safer to use a kit from a dental practice than one bought off-the-shelf because the gel trays we give you are made to fit your teeth exactly. This means that you get maximum contact between the gel and your teeth without it spilling out and onto the soft parts of your mouth. The home-use gel uses 10% hydrogen peroxide, which is milder than the one we use in the clinic. You can buy courses that take 10-14 days, or 5-7 if you have already had power whitening at the clinic. You wear your gel-filled trays for 60-90 minutes every day.

Power whitening

We can use a stronger gel in-clinic, painting it onto your teeth, having already protected your lips and gums with plastic barriers. It takes about an hour to go several shades lighter.

Whitening is successful in about 92% of treatments. If your discolouration is not suitable for whitening, you may want to think about having veneers instead.

What is mouth cancer and what should I do to protect myself and my family?

We all know that you go to your dentist for a root canal or even for aesthetic treatments such as Botox. However, what you might not know is you can go to your dentist for mouth cancer screening.

Mouth cancer covers a range of cancers in the mouth, neck and nasal passages. There are several types of cancers that can arise, however the most common is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which occurs in the surface cells of the skin.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowSymptoms vary and could be as simple as a mouth ulcer that hasn’t healed, lumps and swellings in the neck or mouth or tingling in the lips or tongue. Of course, these could be symptoms of a range of other things, including a common cold, so it’s important to go to your dentist to have a mouth cancer screening appointment.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer mouth cancer screening in Glasgow as a yearly routine service.

What will happen at my mouth cancer screening?

During your screening, we will look thoroughly around your neck, throat and under your tongue, we’ll also use a handheld screening device. It’s not very different from a normal check-up and completely painless.

If we did find any abnormalities, we will then treat you and monitor your progress or we’ll refer you for further treatment.

When should I have a screening?

You should have a yearly screening and can be booked in with any of our dentists at our Glasgow clinic. We are open Monday to Friday, 8.45am till 5.30pm, so we can offer you a range of times and appointments to ensure you are seen quickly.

If I’m worried about anything what should I do?

If you have noticed anything abnormal, we are here to help. Just book in an appointment for you or your family member and we can get you checked out.

We here to support and we take you and your family’s oral health seriously. Our dental hygienists, dentists and dental surgeons can offer you great responsive care, no matter what issue you are facing. Get in touch today for greater peace of mind.

Screening ensures your oral health is maintained

According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, there were over 11,000 new cases of mouth cancer in the UK in 2014; 4,000 were terminal. Cases are on the increase and in part Cancer Research UK puts this down to late detection. It’s now more important than ever to take screening seriously and if the figures show anything, finding out early is the key to successful treatment.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowYour dentist is in an excellent position to screen you for mouth cancer and although cancer needs to be taken seriously, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a frightening issue. If anything, with the support of your dentist, it can be as simple as being part of your yearly oral health check-up.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a great screening service for all our patients. It’s a straightforward appointment with a full check of your head, neck and mouth area, followed by an examination inside your mouth using a handheld scanning device. This will highlight anything that looks different or needs more thorough investigation, either fully diagnosing and treating, or we will refer you on for further treatment.

Don’t let fear stop you

In Glasgow, mouth cancer screening is painless, quick and easy to do. Much like having tests for cervical or prostate cancer, building yearly check-ups into your health routine is important. It ensures that if there are any abnormal cells, they are caught in their early stages and treated effectively. If you have any lumps or ulcers in your mouth that have been persistent, do also have them checked with us.

Smoking, drinking and diet are also contributing factors to your oral health and have direct links to cancer, so we will encourage you to give up or at least reduce your habit. There’s lots of great information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website to support and help you, and also don’t forget, we are here to support and advise you to.

By ensuring you book you and your families screening once a year, you not only set up a great routine of care for life, you also ensure, should the worst happen, we can be there to give you treatment quickly and effectively.

Replacing teeth with All-on-4 implants

More and more people who are losing all their teeth are choosing to replace them with dental implants rather than dentures. Dentures wobble around after a while because they cannot stop the jawbone from shrinking. The jawbone needs tooth roots in it to stay strong and healthy. The roots act as transmitters, vibrating with the impact of the teeth coming together when we eat, talk and laugh. Without those vibrations, the jawbone thinks it’s no longer in use and it starts to dissolve itself so it can use the nutrients from the bone elsewhere in the body.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowDental implants are replacement tooth roots. They are embedded into the jawbone and provide the vibrations the jawbone needs to stay strong.

All-on-4 implants is a special technique that allows the implant surgeons here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry to replace a whole arch of teeth on just 4-6 implants.

We put 2 normal sized implants in vertically at the front of the jaw. These each hold a bridge of teeth. Then we support the teeth at the back of the jawbone on implants that are extra-long and go in at the back of the jawbone, coming forward at an angle to provide support and vital stimulation all along the side of the jaw.

The upper jawbone needs a couple more implants to hold the replacement crowns in place against gravity.

The crowns are handmade from dental porcelain. If you have a good photo of your natural teeth in their heyday, we can use it to reproduce them. We can also use impressions, so if you have any, hang on to them.

It will take a few months for your implants to integrate with your jawbone, and while this is happening, you will have to eat a liquid and then a soft food diet. But when integration is complete, you can go for your life with steaks and roast potatoes, nuts and apples.

Maintenance is a matter of making sure to avoid plaque build-up, with diligent brushing and flossing and regular trips to the hygienist for plaque removal. Do that and your All-on-4 implants in Glasgow could last for decades.

An easy way to replace lost teeth

If you have an entire arch of teeth that are finally giving up the ghost, you are probably feeling rather wobbly. Teeth are vital for our survival. They are what we use to process our food, to talk clearly and they are also vital to our looks. The toothless look has never really caught on in the world of high fashion, or even High Street fashion, so you are going to have to replace your teeth. But how?

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowWell, you could have dentures, but you may not fancy having to go back to your dentist every year to get them relined when they start to come loose. And they will start to come loose, because your jaws and gums will be receding under them because there is nothing in the bone to stimulate it to renew itself. It won’t take many years for you to develop that funny, pointy chin and thin jaw that goes with complete tooth loss.

It’s not a pleasant thought and there is another way to get all your teeth replaced, and that is with dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we can replace all your teeth with only 4-6 dental implants on each arch.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots and each one can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge.

But we also use a technique called All-on-4 implants that uses extra-long dental implants that go in at the back of the jaw at a 45° angle and then run along the jawbone to support your arch. These are coupled with 2 normal-sized dental implants at the front of your jaw. You will probably need a couple more implants for the top jaw, so that your replacement teeth can defy gravity.

We insert the implants under local anaesthetic, and if you are very keyed up about the procedure, you can also have oral or intravenous sedation to deeply relax you. We give you a set of temporary crowns so that you leave the surgery with teeth in place, then, when your implants have integrated with your jawbone, we attach permanent, handmade porcelain crowns.

When your teeth need a helping hand

Much as we would all like to have teeth for life, life does not always work out that way. Sometimes we have accidents that damage our teeth, or even knock them out. Sometimes decay gets the better of some of them and they have to be removed.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowMind the gap

It can be tempting to leave a gap where your teeth used to be but that doesn’t do the remaining teeth any good. Teeth are not set in stone but can very slowly wander around in our jawbones and over time they can tip into the gaps and come out of their sockets. Teeth need other teeth to prop them into place.

So, if you are missing 2 or more teeth in a row, then you may need to consider having crown and bridge work with us at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow.

What is crown and bridge work?

This is one way to replace lost teeth by suspending replacement crowns on a metal bridge between 2 healthy teeth. Attaching the bridge to 2 healthy teeth gives them stability so that you can chew on them like natural teeth.

The replacement crowns are usually made of precious metal so that they will last a long time. Remember gold teeth? Well these days you don’t have to have anything so obvious. Instead, we cover the metal with dental porcelain coloured, sized and shaped to blend in with your own teeth.

The way that the bridgework is attached to your neighbouring teeth is to create 2 more crowns that act like buttresses. They fit over your healthy teeth and are cemented into place. Doing this requires that your buttress teeth are reduced in size so that the buttress crowns are flush with your existing tooth line.

Dental implants

You can also have bridges fixed into your mouth with dental implants if your jawbone is strong enough. This negates any need to grind down existing teeth to act as buttresses. Dental implants can last for at least 15 years, and often last for decades, sometimes even the rest of your life.

Teeth like new again with crown and bridgework

Tooth roots are not just there to keep your teeth stable for eating and talking, they also keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Lose the root and the area of bone around it quickly stops renewing itself. Not only that but the bone actually starts to dissolve itself so that it can use the nutrients elsewhere in the body. Your jawbone shrinks back, and pretty quickly too.

That’s one reason why it’s a very good idea to keep your natural teeth going for as long as possible, even if the white part is falling apart or looking more grey than white after one too many fillings.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowCrowns

We can protect the now fragile upper part of your tooth with a crown. Back in the day crowns were usually made of metal. You’d see people with gold teeth. That’s not so usual these days because the dental porcelain used to make tooth restorations is so much stronger and more durable.

So, you can get your teeth protected and their life extended by quite a few good years with crowns that have been custom-made for you to blend in with your existing teeth.

What happens to your teeth with crowns

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we prepare your tooth for a crown by removing any redundant material. We then also have to reduce the size of your own natural tooth so that we can fit a crown over it that will line up with your existing teeth. We put a temporary crown on while we get a permanent one custom-made for you in a laboratory. When you come back, we paste your new crown into place and if it’s a good fit, we will cement it there. If not, it is adjusted until it does fit well.

Bridgework

We also make crowns when we replace lost teeth with bridgework. This is when false teeth are suspended on a metal bridge between 2 healthy teeth, which act as supporting buttress teeth. To do this, they are reduced in size and crowns with the bridge attached are fitted over them.

Get new teeth in a day

If you have got failing teeth or already have lost all your teeth, you can now get a whole new set fitted on dental implants in one day.

All-on-4 in GlasgowPreviously, if you wanted to replace your teeth with dental implants, you would have to wait a good few months between having the dental implants fitted and having replacement crowns attached to them. This was so that the titanium implants could integrate with your jawbone to create a stable chewing base. A safe way to go about making sure the implants were successful, but it meant people were having to spend some time with gaps in their mouths, and while that might have been alright if the gaps were at the sides, if you were waiting for implants to replace all your teeth, the last thing you wanted to do was be toothless for all that time.

Now, at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we have solved that problem with a technique called All-on-4 in Glasgow, which means you can leave the clinic with a whole new set of teeth in place after your implant surgery. Here’s how it works:

Tooth removal

Most of our patients come in with very loose teeth due to advanced gum disease, or teeth that are badly broken down. We remove these teeth under local anaesthetic.

Implant surgery

We place four dental implants into your jaw, two on the upper jaw, two on the lower jaw. Then we attach a set of brand new teeth to these so that you walk out of the door with a great new smile and can go back to work and live your life. The teeth are often a temporary set, and you will come back to us after six months to get your custom-made porcelain crowns fitted.

Are you suitable for All-on-4?

When you come in for a detailed consultation we will use our cone beam CT scanner to look at your jaw to see if it will be able to hold dental implants. If it is, we will use the scans to plot where to put the dental implants.

Forget about your teeth again

Remember how it used to be when you had a full set of natural teeth? How you would get up in the morning, give them a brush and go about your day. Then you’d brush them again before going to bed. But in between you could forget about them. How is it now with your dentures? Not like that, we’re willing to bet.

All-on-4 in GlasgowWe expect you have your dentures quietly at the back of your mind nearly all the time you are wearing them. You can feel them sitting on your gums, maybe sliding a bit on them, despite all that messy dental adhesive you put on them only a few hours ago. You wonder if they are going to let you down this evening when you’re out to dinner either by not staying still or by amassing a tonne of food under the plate. And what if your hosts serve up something your dentures can’t cope with, like roast potatoes. Maybe you should just cancel.

Or maybe not. Maybe what you need is artificial teeth that act like real ones. If only you could have afforded dental implants. Well, maybe you can when you come to The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence in Dentistry for All-on-4 same day teeth.

What is All-on-4?

This is a brilliant dental implant technique that allows us to place an entire arch of teeth on only four implants (maybe six for the upper jaw, there’s gravity to take into account after all).

We put two implants in vertically at the front of the jaw and two longer implants in at a 45° angle at the back of the jaw. Running the implants along the jaw in this way means you can support around the arch. We can then put a set of teeth on that very day.

Why same day teeth?

Instead of having to wait for at least two months before we can fit you with replacement teeth, we give you temporary dentures and you walk out with teeth already in place, coming back in six months for us to fit your permanent porcelain crowns on a denture that you don’t take out at night.