Boost your confidence with a winning smile. Minty Pearls Dental Clinic in Streatham, Croydon, boasts unrivalled cosmetic dentistry such as teeth-whitening treatments and porcelain veneer fittings. With more than 20 years of experience, our professionals have the skills and experience required to bring you high-quality dentistry.
Teeth whitening is not a medical procedure. It does not result in healthier teeth, but it can result in whiter teeth and a brighter smile. There are 2 types of teeth whitening:
Bleaching Your Teeth: This changes the colour of the tooth enamel and removes both surface stains and those deeper in the teeth. Your dentist can bleach your teeth at his or her office, or you can do it yourself with a kit your dentist gives you or with a kit you buy OTC (over the counter). The chemical used to bleach teeth is generally carbamide peroxide, and different products use a variety of concentrations of this chemical.
Whitening Toothpastes: These use a rough and abrasive material that essentially scrapes off surface stains and polishes the teeth.
Your dentist will give you a kit with a mouthpiece and gel that contains the bleach. They may create a customised mouthpiece for you for the perfect fit. These kits usually use a lower concentration of bleach. Your dentist will also tell you how often to wear the mouthpiece and for how long.
Please make sure you speak to your dentist before whitening your teeth, as it does not work for everyone. Using a bleach product for yellow teeth usually works well, and it can also work on brown teeth, but not as well as yellow teeth. On grey teeth, it may not work well at all.
When you’ve had bonding or tooth-coloured fillings in your front teeth, bleaching may not work as well. The bleach will not affect the colour of these materials, so they will stand out if you whiten the rest of your teeth.
Always talk to your dentist before you use any tooth-whitening product, especially if you have many fillings, crowns, or very dark stains.
Bleaching your teeth may have side effects. Teeth can become sensitive when you are using the bleaching solution, but this usually goes away when you finish your treatment. A mouthpiece that does not fit well may also hurt your gums, so we often create a customised product to ensure the most comfortable fit.
These are simple caps that replicate the feel and purpose of the tooth that may have chipped or stained. A veneer is constructed from porcelain as this material gives the best results and protects the tooth from any further damage. It resembles a fingernail.
With porcelain veneers, you’ll never lose your perfect smile!
The tooth that the veneer is bonded to will not be damaged in any way. If anything, the veneer helps to protect the tooth and let the natural recovery process occur. The veneer almost always improves the look, colour, shape, and position of the tooth. They can also be used to close small gaps between the teeth.
Bonding a veneer to a tooth is a simple and straightforward process. The tooth requires little preparation and the bonding agent is like a very strong, non-harmful super glue. Once the veneer is in place, it sets almost immediately and you can continue your daily routine as normal.
Replacing the traditional silver fillings, the white filling is designed to resemble the feel and look of your natural teeth. Our highly experienced dentists ensure that you receive the best advice and unless there is no other option, they will not fill a tooth.
To treat a cavity, your dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and then ‘fills’ the area on the tooth where the decayed material has been removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth as well as teeth that have been worn down from misuse, such as from nail-biting or tooth-grinding.
Cavities occur mostly due to acid build-up in the mouth, which eat away the enamel coating of the teeth. That is why it is important to learn the correct way to look after your teeth and gums.
If this becomes serious, the root of the tooth is exposed and you may feel discomfort or pain when the tooth is touched. The white filling is an agent that bonds to the tooth and replaces the enamel. It is a painless procedure that is completed under a local anesthesia.
Our dentists can also replace silver fillings with white fillings to restore the natural appeal of your teeth.
Firstly, we use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser is used to remove the decayed area. The choice of instrument depends on your individual dentist’s comfort level, training, and investment in the particular piece of equipment as well as the location and extent of the decay.
Next, your dentist will probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has gone, they can then prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. Generally, after the filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish it.
Several additional steps are required for tooth-coloured fillings. After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-coloured material is applied in layers. Next, a special light that ‘cures’ or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is completed, the dentist then shapes the composite material to the desired result, trims off any excess material, and polishes the final restorative filling.
Your teeth can last a lifetime if you practice basic dental care, which involves brushing and flossing regularly, eating a diet that is suitable for your mouth, and visiting your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular check-ups and cleans. Developing good dental health habits is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.