Tooth Whitening

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update

The Chief Dental Officer (CDO MARCH 2020) has released a statement :

ALL DENTAL PRACTICES IN THE UK HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO:

  • Cease all care of anyone who is classed as non urgent and stop all procedures that generate aerosols.
  • Dental Practices - the staff are at high risk of contracting the virus from the public and should only offer a dental service if they have the resources and the PPE.

At Hoddesdon Dental Surgery, until further notice, we will be stopping ALL Dental Care - from WEDNESDAY THIS WEEK (25th March 2020).

We strongly advise patients to avoid seeking dental assistance until the virus has been controlled and practice self isolation for their own and others safety.

IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FOR EXAMPLE : then wait until the dental practice reopens :

Routine care such as a dental check up and hygiene treatment 

Fillings and other treatments that are not urgent .

  • Mild or moderate pain: that is, pain not associated with an urgent care condition and that responds to pain-relief measures
  • Minor dental trauma
  • Post-extraction bleeding that the patient is able to control using self-help measures
  • Loose or displaced crowns, bridges or veneers
  • Fractured or loose-fitting dentures and other appliances
  • Fractured posts
  • Fractured, loose or displaced fillings
  • Treatments normally associated with routine dental care
  • Bleeding gums
  • ORTHODONTICS/ INVISALIGN OR COSMETIC OR IMPLANT WORK

WHAT IS CLASSED AS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

Dental emergencies include:

  • Trauma including facial/oral laceration and/or dentoalveolar injuries, for example avulsion of a permanent tooth
  • Oro-facial swelling that is significant and worsening
  • Post-extraction bleeding that the patient is not able to control with local measures
  • Dental conditions that have resulted in acute systemic illness or raised temperature as a result of dental infection
  • Severe trismus
  • Oro-dental conditions that are likely to exacerbate systemic medical conditions such as diabetes (that is lead to acute decompensation of medical conditions such as diabetes)

PLEASE NOTE – YOU WlLL NOT BE SEEN BY THE EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICE OR BY OUR DENTAL STAFF AT HODDESDON DENTAL SURGERY IF YOU DO NOT FALL INTO THESE CATEGORIES.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO FALL INTO A DENTAL EMERGENCY CATEGORY THAT CAN NOT WAIT : 

  • Contact the practice on 01992 462 043

We are running a phone triage system and will have to filter those that we can and cannot see.

  • Contact NHS 111 services if you cannot wait for the practice to get back to you.

(it may take upto 48 hours for us to get back to you as we will be dealing with other emergencies)

NO HIGH RISK PATIENT WILL BE SEEN AT HODDESDON DENTAL SURGERY: 

  • All high risk or infected patients can find out the local high risk dental centre by calling NHS 111 (where special facilities have been set up)

Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular and one of the most commonly provided treatments at Hoddesdon Dental Surgery. It can be the most conservative way to achieve a brighter smile making us look younger and healthier. Whiter teeth can make a great difference to how you see yourself and how others see you.

Teeth can become discoloured and yellow from aging or stained from foods and drinks that we consume e.g. coffee, tea, red wine, soya sauce, berries, curries. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Whitening is the perfect procedure to rejuvenate your dental appearance without the need for expensive crowns and veneers. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.

Before carrying out the treatment, we will examine your teeth carefully to ensure they are suitable for whitening.  If they are, we will professional clean your teeth to remove any surface staining and scale.  This helps to improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

At Hoddesdon Dental Surgery we use 2 methods of tooth whitening and will advise you which one is best suited to you and your teeth:

  • home kit
  • power whitening system

Home Whitening

A custom made mouth tray is created. A whitening gel is placed in the tray which you then wear whilst asleep or for short periods during the day. Results are normally seen over 2 weeks .As the effect is cumulative, you are in control and can choose to stop wearing the mouth-guard when the desired result is obtained.

Experience has shown that the best results and those that last the longest are with a home whitening technique.

 

Power Whitening

Our Office power whitening can whiten teeth by up to several shades, brightening your teeth dramatically to its natural shade. Your lips and gums are covered and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. Whiter, brighter teeth in less than an hour!

It is important to remember that whilst the teeth will whiten dramatically with these techniques, any existing dental work such as crowns and fillings (even white ones) will not change colour during the whitening process. This may mean utilising whitening techniques in combination with other procedures to create the best cosmetic outcome. We will assess this for you at your consultation and advise if you are suitable for this procedure.