Ever thought of getting your teeth whitened?

Have you been toying with the idea of getting your teeth whitened in 2019? If so, you won’t be alone. Teeth whitening is the most popular dental treatment throughout the world.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we do teeth whitening for many of our patients, so we can confirm that it’s very popular in Glasgow too.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowWhat makes teeth whitening so popular?

We think it is because you can dramatically change the look of your smile without having to undergo any treatments that will alter the structure of your teeth.

Whitening is not permanent, but you can make it last longer by watching what and how you eat. Plus, when it does finally wear off, you can easily get a top-up treatment. Teeth whitening is safe to repeat as many times as you like. It can make your teeth feel sensitive for a while though, so you may need help with that.

What does whitening do?

Whitening gels contain hydrogen peroxide (water with an extra oxygen atom) that gently lifts out traces of foods and drinks that have got lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel. These surface stains are easily removed and whitening works on 92% of cases here.

Whitening will not work on stains that are intrinsic to your teeth, but you can cover them over with veneers or composite bonding instead.

There are 2 ways you can get your whitening done.

In the clinic

Book yourself in for a power whitening session and you will see dramatic results in around an hour. We use a plastic barrier over your lips and gums and then paint your teeth with a fairly strong concentration of whitening gel. We stop the treatment once your teeth have reached the shade of white you wanted.

In your home

Or why not get some gel trays made to exactly fit your teeth and carry out your whitening treatment at home. It takes longer, a couple of weeks, because the solution is milder, but once you have the trays you can buy more gel to top-up your treatment as and when you like.

Take years off your smile with teeth whitening

As we go through life, eating and drinking all sorts of highly pigmented foods and drinks, our teeth collect their traces. Fancy a glass or 2 or red wine to celebrate the end of dry January? Drinking loads of tea and coffee in the meantime? Perhaps you are a big fan of tomatoey sauces? Or maybe you are still a smoker? If you consume any or all of the above, as they pass by your teeth, they will be leaving tiny traces of themselves lodged in the pores of your tooth enamel.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowThat’s right, tooth enamel is porous, and when we eat or drink, it becomes more so, which is how it is able to collect traces of food and drink. Tooth brushing can’t dig around in those pores, and even the hygienist can’t get rid of surface staining if it’s down in the enamel. But teeth whitening can.

Teeth whitening gels use hydrogen peroxide to gently lift out these surface stains. If you have ever used hydrogen peroxide on an infection in your skin, you will know how it bubbles out the infection. It does something similar to surface stains on your teeth.

How quickly it works depends on the percentage of hydrogen peroxide in the whitening gel. The gel we use when we carry out power whitening treatments in the clinic here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow is stronger. The whitening gels you take home contain 10% hydrogen peroxide.

The stronger gel can remove 60-70% of your stains in just an hour when you come into the clinic. We protect your lips and gums with plastic barriers before painting on the gel, which is activated by a UV light.

If you still need further whitening after that, we can supply you with a take home kit. This kit has gel trays that are made to fit your teeth exactly from impressions made with dental putty. You put the gel in the trays and wear them for a short period each day, and it will take about 2 weeks to remove the staining.

Try whitening and watch the years fall away from your smile.

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.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening in Glasgow

As we grow old, our teeth tend to darken and become yellow and dull. Tooth discolouration is difficult to avoid as everyday activities such as eating and drinking will cause our teeth to darken over time. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can rapidly restore your teeth to their original colour or even make them brighter.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, teeth whitening has become a very popular dental treatment for patients of all ages. Our customised bleaching treatments are far more effective than over-the-counter treatments, which have a one size fits all gel tray, which may lead to whitening gel falling out and harming your teeth and gums.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowWhy do teeth become yellow and stained?

The consumption of certain foods and beverages can cause discolouration. Caffeine, dark-coloured foods, berries and tomato sauce are only a few food items that can stain your teeth. Medications can also stain your enamel, while some people are genetically predisposed to have more yellow teeth than others. However, the prevalent causes of yellow and stained teeth are bad hygiene and ageing. Luckily, most of these stains can be removed with professional teeth whitening in Glasgow.

Power whitening

If you are looking to get your teeth whitened in a fast, safe and effective manner then power teeth whitening in Glasgow is for you. This whitening treatment involves the use of a special light that helps activate the bleaching solution that is placed on your teeth by your dentist. This way you can have white teeth in an hour or less.

Home whitening

Home whitening is an equally popular treatment that involves the use of customised trays. Your dentist will show you how to wear them along with bleaching gel for a few hours. This method is not as quick as power whitening, but results can be seen in two weeks or so.

But safety first

Before commencing any teeth whitening treatment, it is important to have a thorough dental check-up to ensure any cavities, disease or exposed roots are taken care of prior to the treatment. To learn more about your teeth whitening options in Glasgow, contact us today.

Giving your teeth that extra sparkle

Everybody wants bright white teeth, and teeth whitening treatments are more commonly available now than ever before. Teeth whitening treatments are the most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK. This is because of their ability to give fast and cost-effective results with no alteration to the actual structure of the teeth.

Being proud of the appearance of our smile is very important when considering our self-confidence. In today’s society, confidence is key, and having a warm and welcoming smile can open many doors in our social lives and even our careers.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowIn-practice whitening treatments

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer two different types of teeth whitening. In Glasgow, you can have your teeth whitened in a matter of a couple of hours.

Our in-practice power bleaching treatment can get you results within 60-90 minutes. In the practice, the dentist will protect your lips and gums, then apply the highly concentrated whitening gel. This should always be carried out by a dental professional as the gel could be harmful if applied incorrectly.

Home bleaching kits

Our home teeth whitening kit uses a 10% hydrogen peroxide gel that is worn in your custom-moulded tooth trays for 30-60 minutes per day. The usual course of whitening lasts 10-14 days or 5-7 days if you have already had in-practice whitening.

The treatment time also depends on what shade you want to achieve. Current evidence shows that the treatment can last 18 months and has no harmful effects on your teeth and gums.

Teeth whitening treatments are successful 92% of the time, so you will get the results you want.

Causes of discolouration

If you want the effects to last longer than you can reduce the causes of discolouration.

The main cause of discolouration is the foods and drinks we consume. Coffee, tea and red wine can stain our teeth if consumed often enough. Certain fruits and vegetables can also affect the colour of our teeth.

Smoking is also a leading cause of tooth discolouration along with gum disease and many other health problems, so your dentist will always give advice on quitting and encouragement to do so.

Brighten up your winter smile with teeth whitening

Christmas is over and now we are into the long slog of dark nights for several weeks. If you need a lift that can last up to 18 months and will not only make you look better but will make you smile more and, evidence suggests, make you feel happier too, then why not try the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment?

The reason teeth whitening is popular the world over is because it is quick and easy, and can be done at home or at your dentist. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer both forms of treatment, and with a remarkable 92% success rate.

teeth-whitening-in-glasgowHow it works

Teeth whitening through our practice couldn’t be easier. You can come into us for a power whitening session, which takes about an hour. We protect your lips and gums with barriers and then fit you with special trays customised to your tooth shape. The trays contain the whitening gel, the active ingredient of which is hydrogen peroxide. The gel is activated by a special lamp. You then just lie back and relax while the gel removes all those unwanted stains and gently bleaches your teeth until they are several shades lighter.

If you prefer, you can also carry out teeth whitening at home. You come into our surgery for a whitening kit and then carry out the treatment at your at home, over a few weeks.

You just fill the special tray with the required amount of gel and pop it over your teeth, and wear it for at least a couple of hours. We recommend wearing the trays overnight for ease and comfort.

Is it suitable for me?

The colour your teeth will lighten to depends on the colour of the staining or discolouration to start with. We find that teeth whitening works best on teeth that are yellow or brown at the start, rather than grey. However, this does not mean that greyish teeth cannot be improved by teeth whitening. To find out more, why not pop for a chat to find out how we can help you?

Digital dentistry and how it can serve you

It’s a digital age and technology allows you to do and see amazing things from the comfort of home as well as supporting your life in numerous other ways. Any progressive industry is adopting its own methods of using the latest technological advances and dentistry is no different. Many techniques and pieces of equipment have been developed to give you the opportunity to have better treatment. These often achieve necessary steps in dental treatment in new ways. If you have impression free dentistry in Glasgow, then you will see one of them in action.

teeth-whitening-in-glasgowWhat is impression free dentistry in Glasgow?

When you visit The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, your dentist will need to get an accurate picture of the current state of your teeth to begin many different kinds of treatment. This allows us to see what needs to be done and to plan treatments.

In many practices, this is achieved by taking ‘impressions’. This involves biting down onto a gooey substance that the teeth sink into. Depending on the substance used, the patient often has to sit still with their mouth full until the substance begins to solidify thus creating a lasting impression of the teeth in the hardening goo. For people with a strong gag reflex, this can be almost intolerable. Even without this, the experience can be challenging because of the strange sensations that it creates.

Due to the latest developments, there is now a way to scan your teeth one by one which then creates a digital, 3D image. This is much more comfortable and accurate and it can be done very swiftly. Having an image of your teeth online has a host of other benefits such as being able to manipulate the image to see what effects different treatments will have. In many cases, you will also be able to see what your finished smile will look like after treatment. This can be very comforting if you have a long treatment to go through before you get to see the results for real. The increased accuracy also means that any dental fixtures that are created from the digital scans fit very well.

We look forward to offering you impression free dentistry in Glasgow at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry.

How does tooth whitening work?

Have you been wondering where to get tooth whitening in Glasgow? Tooth whitening is now growing in popularity as everyone searches for ways to have a brighter, whiter smile. There are two options available if you would like to increase the whiteness of your smile. You can either opt for an in-house treatment with the dentist, or you can purchase a whitening kit and do it yourself in the comfort of your own home.

teeth-whitening-in-glasgowWhat results can I expect from a whitening treatment?

You may want to give yourself a confidence boost for a special occasion in Glasgow. Whitening your teeth could be the solution that you are looking for. Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to increase the brightness of your smile. Evidence shows that this treatment is effective in whitening teeth in up to 92% of cases.

Can you tell me more about how to whiten my teeth at home?

Yes! If you opt for a home whitening kit, you will need to fill the fitted mouth-guard with a gel that contains 10% hydrogen peroxide. You will then need to wear this fitted-tray for 60-90 minutes per day, in order to achieve to optimum results. This routine needs to be followed every day for 10 to 14 days in order for you to see results. With so many temptations of foods and drinks that stain your teeth while you live and work in Glasgow, whitening your teeth with either an in-house treatment, or a take-home whitening kit is an excellent solution.

Why do teeth discolour with age?

In today’s culture of deadlines, on-the-go schedules and take-away foods, there is never enough time to eat the foods that are best for our teeth.

Tea, coffee and red wine can stain the teeth and foods that contain sugar result in a build-up of plaque. This plaque causes the yellowing that is one cause of tooth discolouration.

Find out more

The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry offers both in-house treatments and kits to take home, so if having a brighter smile is on your to-do list then give us a call, or drop by our practice for more information.