What causes teeth to turn yellow?
There’s a range of reasons teeth become discolored. Genetics, your environment, even taking certain medication can all have an impact on the whiteness of your smile.
The most common reason is surface stains on your enamel. This is down to everyday food, drinks and lifestyle choices. Over time, these stains can work their way to the layer below enamel, known as dentin. When this becomes stained, the whole tooth looks darker because of the translucency of enamel.
How can I whiten my teeth?
There are several options, ranging from professional treatments such as Philips Zoom! whitening, to over-the-counter whitening toothpastes such as Kin Whitening. Prescribed whitening treatments from Philips Zoom! can give you a smile up to 8 shades whiter, and take place either in-office or at home. The first step is a Dental Check Up to check suitability with your Dentist.
How long do results last?
Our whitening treatments are formulated to give you long-lasting results, but the results will vary depending on the type of whitening you opt for. Lifestyle choices, such as drinking drinks that stain teeth, will make them yellow again over time.
What is the process?
After your oral health has been examined and approved for whitening treatment, you can book your first of two appointments. The initial appointment is to take impressions of your teeth so that they can be sent off to a lab to customise them just for you. The next appointment is made so your Dentist can show you exactly how the process works and to run through any questions that you may have.
How much does Philips Zoom! whitening cost?
The cost of our Philips Zoom! Home whitening kit is just €250. This includes customised lab made trays, 6 tubes of whitening gel, patient case and the appointment itself. A Dental check up and/or a Scale and Polish may be required before carrying out the whitening treatment. These treatments are priced separately.
When might tooth whitening not be successful?
Tooth whitening treatments may not work well on:
- Teeth with exposed roots
- Teeth with ‘white’ fillings
- Teeth with crowns or veneers
- Teeth that have had root treatments
- Teeth that are not healthy
How safe and effective are tooth whitening products sold online?
It is often not clear exactly what these products contain so it’s very hard to know if they are safe to use, or even if they are effective.
Many products bought online do not clearly state their active ingredients and often contain ingredients that are banned in the European Union (EU) on safety grounds.
Who is suitable for Tooth Whitening?
Patients who have good oral health and have been given the OK by the dentist. A full Dental Check Up is required to ensure that there are no cavities, gum disease, broken or leaking fillings and to determine what tooth whitening is suitable for you.
Will I experience sensitivity?
Some patient’s experience sensitivity, usually when using for the first time. At Cork Dental Care we have 3 types of gel to help customise your treatment and reduce sensitivity. Philips Zoom is not only proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades, it’s also completely safe. While other whitening products can harm your teeth and gums, Philips Zoom with Relief ACP actually gives you greater luster and protects enamel.
Testimonial from Emer on Whitening
Professional and friendly staff. I am continuing to use the whitening gel even after my braces came off 3 months ago. Would highly recommend Grainne art Cork Dental Care!!