Teeth can be whitened by a gel (10% carbamide peroxide) with a neutral pH. A consultation needs to be arranged with the dentist in advance to discover whether bleaching is reasonable and whether there are any faulty fillings. Crowns, inlays and fillings cannot be bleached. The use of gels is harmless in these cases too but will not achieve any benefits.
Impressions are made of the teeth, and the laboratory then produces upper & lower dental trays. These serve as containers for the gel. Wearing these dental trays for 1-2 hours every day produces a visible lightening effect within a few days. Optimum results are achieved after 10 days.
The active substance travels over the tooth, dissolving the deposited colour pigments out of the enamel.
Using this gel can lead to sensitivity to cold, but this will disappear within 3 days when the treatment is discontinued. No other side effects are known
We would recommend a single application every six months, depending on the consumption of coloured foods.
Beautiful white teeth are a sign of youth, health and success - this was well recognised as far back as the Roman era.
Cosmetic dentistry not only includes treatment for the issue itself but also recognition of the cause of the defect. The question of w h y assumes major importance in order to rule out further damage. Dental prophylaxis and follow-up care are essential aspects of successful treatment.
White teeth - the subject includes home bleaching, glass-ceramic veneer technology, plastic fillings, porcelain or glass ceramic inlays and crowns. An individual decision has to be made about what is appropriate in any particular case.
Examples of corrective work using plastic fillings:
When gums are inflamed (gingivitis), the flesh becomes redder and slightly swollen and it often bleeds when the teeth are brushed! If this inflammation remains untreated, periodontitis may result. The inflammation then crosses over from the gum to the periodontium. In people aged over 40, periodontitis is the most frequent cause of tooth loss.
Poor oral hygiene, teeth in a poor condition and, most especially, inflamed gums are all risk factors for coronary artery disease, stroke and/or underweight premature births. The reason for this lies with the bacteria that multiply when oral hygiene is poor. When gums bleed, large amounts of the bacteria and the toxins associated with them can quickly flow into the blood stream, become distributed and thus cause infections.
The risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke is greater if gum disease is present than with well known risk factors, such as smoking and raised levels of cholesterol! Increased risk of pneumonia has been observed in elderly people with poor oral hygiene, since the bacteria from the oral cavity can also be inhaled. Yet another reason to take dental prophylaxis and visits to the dental hygienist seriously.
Sugar and acids attack your teeth and can cause serious damage. Drinks sweetened with sugar certainly are dangerous, but so too are fruit juices.
Do not give them sweetened drinks, such as teas, various ready-made teas, syrups or fruit juices in baby bottles. No honey dummies!
Sweetened foods and drinks should only be consumed at main meal times; then clean your teeth. After consuming acidic fruit or juices, wait to clean your teeth for about 30 minutes. If you can't clean your teeth, rinse your mouth out with water / milk or chew tooth-friendly gum (SSO).
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