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What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening refers to the process of lightening the natural colour of your teeth.
There is a common misconception that after having your teeth whitened you will be left with unnaturally brilliant white teeth. Whitening is quite simply the process of lightening the existing shade of your natural teeth, as opposed to a complete teeth colour change.
At Smile Studio our dentists work closely with you to choose the shade that suits you best.
Why would I need to have my teeth whitened?
Teeth tend to become discoloured as we grow older. This discolouration is sometimes as a result of extrinsic staining which is caused by drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine, or habits such as smoking.
Calculus or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth.
Staining under the surface (intrinsic) of the teeth is sometimes caused by certain antibiotics, fluorosis, some blood disorders, and some birth defects of the teeth.
If you have discoloured teeth visit Smile Studio, where our dentists will identify the cause of discolouration, and determine the best treatment plan for you.
Does it work?
Tooth whitening can be an excellent way to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile. Once the procedure is complete you should follow the below tips to ensure your teeth and smile remain your chosen shade of white:
1. Brush your teeth twice a day;
2. Reduce your intake of teeth staining food and drinks;
3. Visit your dentist at least once every six months, or as often as she/he recommends.
Is the treatment “guaranteed” for a period of time?
Whitened teeth can remain the same shade for up to 3 years, but this varies from person to person. Smoking, drinking a lot of red wine, tea and coffee can stain your teeth and reduce the white effect.
Your dentist may recommend that you use a whitening toothpaste once your teeth have been professionally whitened. This can help with the lasting effect of the whitening procedure.
What is the difference between professional whitening and whitening toothpastes?
Whitening toothpastes can be effective at removing stains, but they cannot change the shade of your teeth.
Is it safe?
While there are DIY teeth whitening kits, teeth should only be whitened by a dentist, a dental hygienist, or a dental therapist. This is because your gums may be sensitive to the chemical used in whitening procedures. If you experience any sensitivity during the process a dental professional can manage this adequately to avoid any damage to your teeth or gums.
There are no permanent side effects associated with teeth whitening. Some patients experience sensitivity to cold after a teeth whitening procedure, mild discomfort in the gums, sore throats, or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are normally temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment. If the aforementioned symptoms persist you should consult your dentist.
Teeth whitening may not be suitable for you if you have gum disease or crowns, dentures, veneers or fillings.
For more information please visit Smile Studio, Yaya Centre, Nairobi or call us on: 020 44 00 62 | 0711 279 035.
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is when your gums become swollen, sore or infected. Gum disease may not cause pain as it gets worse, so many don’t often notice that they have it until it’s too late.
What are the signs of gum disease?
- Your gums bleed when you brush your teeth;
- An itchy feeling in your gums;
- You have bad breath;
- You often have an unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- You have loose teeth that make eating difficult;
- Collections of pus start to develop under your teeth and gums (also known as gum abscesses).
What causes gum disease?
The most common cause of gum disease is poor oral hygiene. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Failure to do so can lead to the build-up of plaque on your teeth. If plaque is not removed it can harden and form a substance called tartar which can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. As tartar forms around your gum line harmful poisons are released into your gums causing the gums to become irritated and inflamed. If left unattended the gums will start to pull away from teeth. Making the teeth appear longer and splayed. The gaps created between your teeth and gums can become infected, and it is only a matter of time before the bone supporting teeth becomes destroyed leading to tooth loss. This is a severe form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
Who is most at risk of developing gum disease?
- People who have poor oral hygiene habits;
- Smokers: people who smoke are more likely to produce bacterial plaque. Smoking also causes lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, which means that infected gums are less likely to heal;
- Older people: the older you are the more at risk you are to gum disease especially if you’ve maintained poor oral hygiene habits for a long time;
- Those who have a family history of gum disease;
- Diabetics: uncontrolled diabetes can compromise immunity making diabetics moreprone to gum disease;
- Those who have weakened immune systems (due to conditions such as HIV/AIDS or those receiving treatments such as chemotherapy, high blood pressure medication or medication for epilepsy;
- People suffering from malnutrition;
- People who are overly stressed.
How can I prevent myself from developing gum disease?
- Brush your teeth twice a day (once before you go to bed at night and one other time during the day);
- Floss once a day;
- Develop good eating habits: eat less sugary food and drinks;
- Regular dental check-ups: you should aim to visit your dentist at least once every six months. This will ensure that any problems are detected and treated early. If you are a smoker or a diabetic your dentist may advise you to visit him/her more regularly in order to closely monitor the health of your teeth and gums. Regular dental check-ups will allow your dentist to thoroughly clean your teeth and remove and hardened plaque/tartar. Your dentist will also have an opportunity to advise you on how to improve your oral hygiene.
What if I already have gum disease?
If you think you might have gum disease you should visit your dentist as soon as possible: the existing condition needs to be treated in addition to taking steps to improve your oral health.
Visit Smile Studio for a thorough check-up of your teeth and gums. Our dentists may need to take x-rays to see if there are signs of gum disease. X-rays will help our dentists determine the best treatment plan for you. Save your teeth by calling us on 020 44 00 62 | 0711 279 03 to book your appointment.
What is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is used to improve the appearance, position and function of crooked, crowded, protruding or abnormally arranged teeth. Orthodontic treatment can also be used to close gaps between the teeth.
What does orthodontic treatment involve?
Orthodontic treatment involves the use of devices such as braces to correct the position of teeth. Treatment and devices used vary from patient to patient depending on the problems associated with the teeth and the jaws.
The length of orthodontic treatment also depends on the severity of the problems with the teeth, but usually lasts between 18-24 months or more in the cases requiring advanced care.
Who might need orthodontic treatment?
If you have crowded or crooked teeth your teeth are at risk of becoming damaged. You are also at risk of putting excess strain on your jaw muscles. In some cases abnormal development of the teeth and jaw can affect the shape of the face.
If you have crowded or crooked teeth, visit Smile Studio today for an orthodontic consultation. Our orthodontist will assess the state of your teeth and their development. This assessment normally involves taking X-rays and photographs of your teeth, as well as making plaster models.
Common misconception: Braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment are meant for children and not adults.
Whilst the ideal age to have orthodontic treatment is around 12-13 years, it’s never too late to improve the health and appearance of your smile. Adults who may not have had access to orthodontic treatment in their childhood are increasingly seeking the same.
Both children and adults can choose, depending on the treatment needs, from metal, plastic or ceramic braces. Adults tend to prefer clear braces that are hardly visible on the teeth, whilst children can choose from a number of bright colours.
Benefits of orthodontic treatment:
1. Allow you to bite correctly;
2. Allow to eat more comfortably;
3. Allow you to clean and care for your teeth more easily;
4. Reduce trauma susceptibility of the front teeth;
5. Improve the appearance of your smile and general facial appearance.
Call us on 0711 279 035 or 020 4400622 to book your orthodontic consultation today.