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Factors affecting the colour of your teeth

Good oral hygiene techniques and regular visits to your dentist in West Byfleet are essential for optimal oral health and for a clean and white smile. Over time, despite good oral hygiene and using whitening toothpaste at home, staining and discolouration of your teeth can become a problem that can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and affect the way you feel about your smile. Teeth become yellow and lose their shine as a result of many different factors. Poor oral hygiene is the main cause of yellow teeth however there are other factors that cause staining too. Smoking is a major cause of tooth discolouration and drinks such as tea, coffee and cola can also ruin the colour of your teeth. Some medications can affect the colour of your teeth and also your teeth become naturally yellow and gradually lose their shine with old age despite good oral health. Speak to your dentist in West Byfleet to find out how teeth whitening can help improve the aesthetics of your smile today.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is an increasingly popular cosmetic dental treatment and there are now many different options available to help whiten your teeth. Here at Byfleet Dental Boutique, we use the Pola advanced tooth whitening system. Pola uses whitening gels which are formulated with high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. These peroxides work as oxidizing agents, which mean they break down the molecules on the teeth which cause the discolouration into smaller, colourless molecules which are are less visible and can be easily removed from your teeth by your saliva.

How does Pola advanced whitening system work?

The treatment process can either be carried out at your dentist in West Byfleet using a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide which can only be administered by your dentist to ensure your safety during the application process. The procedure itself only requires 30 minutes at your dentist in West Byfleet, where a thin layer of the gel is applied to your teeth and because of the high concentration of hydrogen peroxide the gel is able to break down the stain molecules quickly and easily without the need of any UV light therapy which is common in other teeth whitening systems. Your dentist will protect your gums and lips during the treatment and any excess gel can be easily cleaned to prevent any irritation. The concentration of the active ingredients is decided according to the extent of the staining or discolouration of your teeth and how many shades you choose to whiten your teeth by. This will be decided with you using the knowledge and expertise of your dentist to ensure overall satisfaction for you.

The Pola whitening system is also available as a home kit. This consists of a day whitening gel which is made up of hydrogen peroxide and is worn for up to 30 minutes during the day, whilst the night gel is made up of carbamide peroxide and is worn overnight and works as you sleep. The home whitening packs come with trays which you insert the solution into and then wear in your mouth and once finished you can wash out and leave it to dry for re-use and brush your teeth to remove any excess bleach which may remain on the surface of your teeth. Speak to us at Byfleet dental boutique and find out how Pola advanced whitening system can help brighten your smile today.