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20/04/2020

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Creating Brighter, Better Smiles

From subtle repairs to major procedures, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to improve every aspect of better smiles. From teeth whitening, to replacing missing teeth and everything else in between, smile enhancements are proven to boost a person’s overall appearance and self-confidence. At Dentcare Clinic, our cosmetic dentists work hard to create results that make you want to smile even more.

Today, cosmetic dentists have a variety of techniques and tools in their arsenal to reshape teeth, close gaps between teeth, fix broken or chipped teeth, restore worn teeth and even alter the length of your pearly whites.

In the UAE, smile makeovers are getting more popular than ever. Our dentists have been helping countless patients achieve the smile they truly desire through dental veneers.

Here’s a quick list of what cosmetic dentistry can offer you.

Teeth Whitening

At its best, in-office teeth whitening or “bleaching” restores your teeth’s natural,  youthful radiance. To get the best results, we suggest that you book a whitening consultation with your dentist/dental hygienist to discuss your concerns and expectations.

Dental Fillings

There’s no need to rely on unsightly (and sometimes weird-looking) metals to replace tooth structures lost to decay. Today, dentists make use of state-of-the-art composite resins and porcelain materials that naturally mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

Crowns or Caps

Dentists use a crown to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. These are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.

Bridges

Bridges also known as fixed removable dentures, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are very thin custom-made laminates crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of the teeth. These are a great option for correcting stained, chipped or crooked teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically fused in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth. For almost 50 years, implants have been recognized by dental experts as procedure of choice for teeth replacement.

Bonding

Through bonding, cosmetic dentists are able to fix chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth or cover the entire external surface of a tooth using materials (porcelain and composite resins) that look naturally like the original tooth.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery is performed to restore the form, function and correct irregularities in the gums. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease.

Be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile and get better smiles. To get the best results, remember to communicate your expectations with your dentist prior to any procedure.

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A Chance to Improve your Smile

When you first meet someone, the first thing you notice about them is their smile. Now that techniques and methods have advanced dramatically, more and more people are considering cosmetic dentistry. Dentcare clinic, provides an excellent and highly professional treatment establishment to improve your smile.

With treatments and skills as advanced as they are, it’s just as easy to get cosmetic dental treatment as it is to get a haircut. Cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve your oral hygiene, as well as your confidence. This is turn can reduce the chances of issues relating to poor or neglected oral and dental health, which in turn can affect your overall physical health.

Dentcare offers an extensive range of treatments, from teeth whitening to dental implants. If you visit our clinic you will be able to have consultations with our professional team of highly qualified and experienced dentists. They will assess and advise you on the best treatment plan for you, and during your treatment will at all times ensure that you have a comfortable and stress-free experience.

We here at Dentcare understand that a trip to the dentist can be daunting and maybe even scary at times, which is why we pride ourselves on our patient care and gentle approach. We provide a calm and tranquil environment and our staff are always happy to help.

What treatments are available to me?

At Dentcare Clinic, cosmetic dentistry begins with a consultation. You will be able to discuss all possible treatments with your dentist and formulate a treatment plan. Our dentists have an enviable reputation within the aesthetic dentistry field, including for their construction of implants, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and restoration. We are also able to custom-build and fit braces which are almost undetectable due to their transparent appearance. They are several steps on from traditional metal braces and can correct most minor teeth misalignment.

Our dentists here at Dentcare possess the understanding and knowledge to undertake the most cutting-edge and advanced techniques within cosmetic dentistry.

We all look forward to welcoming all new and potential dental patients, whilst continuing to maintain the optimum dental health of our current patients.

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4 Tips for a Brighter Smile at Work

So you have a solid routine of brushing and flossing twice a day, and visiting your dentist for regular checkups, but what about the times when you’re at work? What can you do to keep your pearly whites pearly while you’re in the office throughout the day? We came up with a list of tips to make sure you’re being tooth-friendly, even when you’re away from home.

  • Buy a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste, and a small floss container. Keep them in your purse or bag throughout the day, and take advantage of opportunities to spruce up your teeth. This will not only halt tooth decay, but have short-term benefits like freshening your breath, whitening your teeth by preventing stains, and getting embarrassing food particles out of your teeth!
  • Rinse after eating and drinking. On your way back from lunch, grab a bottled water and give your teeth a quick rinse before continuing your work day. This is so easy to do, and takes just a moment after a snack or meal. If you don’t have a bathroom available, just take a drink of water and swish it around in your mouth before swallowing.
  • When you do snack, snack healthy. Eating vegetables, nuts and cheese while forgoing candy and soda will keep you slim and your teeth decay-free. Also, crunchy foods, like apples or celery, stimulate saliva production while you eat them, which helps rinse your teeth clean of bacteria, and the high water content in these foods buffers their sugar content.
  • Drink your coffee from a straw. Coffee and tea can stain your teeth if you drink them directly from a cup. While giving up your morning cup of joe may be too much to ask, consider drinking through a straw. It protects your teeth from stains and the wear on your enamel that acidic drinks cause. Be selective, though. Most regular straws break down and leach chemicals when immersed in hot drinks. Look for paper straws or other products that don’t break down in hot liquids.

Follow these tips to keep your teeth glistening, and don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly!

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Smiling and Job Opportunities

In these hard economic times, many people are looking for ways to improve in their work or find better jobs. It is well known that people that like their smiles and the appearance of their teeth are not afraid of smiling, have a higher self-esteem and appear more confident. These people generally have better chances of getting promoted or obtaining a job. A smile conveys friendliness; it makes you seem approachable. Do not overlook the importance of your smile. Let your smile work for you!

Many people don’t like to smile or show their teeth because they are embarrassed. Sometimes, people don’t smile because they could be missing or have stains on their front teeth, have cavities, severe inflammation and bleeding of the gums, misalignment or crowding of their front teeth, have dental pain or abscesses or any combination of these.

With the advances in dentistry, dental materials and technology, common dental problems can be solved in fewer dental appointments. For example:

  1. Missing teeth: A temporary acrylic partial can be fabricated in a few days.
  2. Cavities: Most cavities can be restored the same day as long as there is no need for root canals.  If you have many cavities, you can ask your dentist to start restoring your front teeth, so you can start smiling sooner!
  3. Stained or darkened teeth: A regular cleaning removes external stains (from tea, coffee and tobacco). This can be done in one appointment. Dental whitening can also be done in few appointments and can remove internal stains, which include the yellowing of teeth.
  4. Severe gum inflammation: This most likely will require a deep cleaning which is generally done in two sessions using local anesthesia.
  5. Crowded and misaligned teeth:  While orthodontic treatment is the most recommended treatment, it normally takes a few years to correct severe crowing. For some cases, another option is veneers and crowns, which can be done in fewer appointments, but do require preparation of teeth.
  6. Dental pain or abscess: In this case, you will most likely require a root canal or an extraction. Antibiotics are necessary in most cases.

As briefly explained, many of the dental problems that could be stopping you from smiling and making you feel better can be resolved at the dentist in just a few appointments. I encourage you to schedule your preventive appointment now! Our practice focuses on prevention and patient education and we believe that “Prevention is less expensive than treatment of disease or conditions”. “Do not wait until it hurts”.  For further questions, you can contact us at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80.

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The Power of Smiling and the Reasons to Keep Smiling

The daily interaction with my patients has enriched me in both professionally and personally. After 15 years of practicing dentistry I have seen time and again how people that smile are happier, look healthier and live longer. These patients generally take few or no medications and have a “clean” medical history. When I run into one of these “happy and healthy old patients”, I ask them what they do to stay happy and healthy. The common answer is: Smile!

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1. A natural remedy

Studies have shown that smiling releases serotonin and endorphins. We can help our body release these brain chemicals by laughing.

2. Relieves Stress

Smiling helps prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to smile. You will feel better.

3. Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling improves immune function, possibly because you are more relaxed. Have you noticed that “Happy People” don’t get sick as often as unhappy people?

4. Lowers Your Blood Pressure

Sit for a few minutes and take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. You will see a difference.

5- Changes Moods

When someone is smiling they brighten up the room, change situations and the moods of others. A smiling person brings happiness to others.

6. Makes You Look Younger and More Attractive

We are naturally attracted to smiles. The muscles used to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Avoid surgery: Just smile more. You’ll look younger and feel better!

7. Improves your Self-Esteem

Your smile conveys friendliness; it makes you approachable. People who smile appear more confident, and are more likely to be promoted. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and see the results!

 8. Helps You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. Hard, isn’t it? Smiling can cure anxiety and depression.

9. IT IS FREE!

ARE YOUR TEETH KEEPING YOU FROM SMILING?

If you are uncomfortable with the appearance of your teeth, the dentist can help you bring back your smile!  A simple cleaning, teeth whitening, crowns or veneers could drastically improve your health and self-esteem.

At Dentcare Clinic, we are fully committed to helping patients achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. For more information about teeth whitening, then please contact the team: dentcarecenter@gmail.com+971-4-4370111.

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Hollywood Smile Design

Dental Services That Will Have Your Smile Red-Carpet Ready

Smile Design

 

Viewers of the Academy Awards everywhere will tune in to see if their favorite actors, actresses, directors, and other cinematic professionals will win their Oscars. But when it comes to watching the Academy Awards, finding out who gets the big wins is only part of the fun. Watching who comes with who and seeing who wears what is a large part of what makes the Oscars worth throwing a party or friendly gathering for.

Year after year, viewers and reviewers spend weeks after the awards recalling which dresses were worn, commenting on the hairstyles that are sure to start trends, and wondering how the stars managed to get those Hollywood smiles. While most of us will never be able to afford that one-of-a-kind Versace gown, the good news is that a beautiful, white Hollywood smile is just a call away.

Smile Design

Smile Design offers you the opportunity to achieve a smile that is as bright and beautiful as the stars’ on Oscar night. Smile Design offers a suite of services to choose from that, when added to a strategically crafted dental plan, result in a confidence-boosting aesthetic.

Smile Design services include:

Dental implants:

Implants offer a permanent, long-term solution for missing teeth. Not only do they look and feel like natural teeth, they also maintain your facial structure and integrity. A dental implant consists of a small, screw-shaped, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth and is covered by a porcelain tooth-like crown that will give you back your natural smile. Depending on the number of missing teeth, there are options for single-tooth and multitooth replacement.

Crowns:

Over time teeth can become weak or severely worn down, leading to decay, cracking, and breaking. Porcelain crowns are the perfect restoration for cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. These natural-looking covers make imperfections in teeth entirely unnoticeable. When crafted carefully and with your individual needs in mind, a permanent crown can restore your confidence, comfort, and overall quality of life.

Teeth whitening:

As you age, your teeth are exposed to foods and drinks that stain them. Though your teeth may be perfectly healthy, they can appear damaged and make you look older. Fortunately, if you have deep stains or want to achieve a brighter smile quickly, there are teeth-whitening options that can help you acquire a beautiful, youthful-looking, bright smile. Both at-home and in-office treatment options are available and use the most effective teeth-whitening systems available today. All treatment options are simple and noninvasive.

Porcelain veneers:

Sometimes teeth are damaged or discolored in a way that can’t be corrected with crowns or whiting treatments. When this happens, veneers offer a beautiful solution. These ultra-thin, tooth-colored coverings are custom made and are fit to the front surface of your teeth, changing the appearance to the size and shape you desire. Veneers are perfect for fixing discolored and chipped teeth.

Straightening:

Straightening your smile no longer requires years of wearing metal wires on your teeth. There are a variety of “invisible” straightening options, such as Six Month Smiles® and Invisalign®, which allow you to have a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile in just a matter of months.

If you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with or embarrassed about your smile, or if you simply wish it was just a bit brighter or whiter, Desert Valley Dentistry can help you with our cosmetic and Smile Design services. Call us at Toll Free : 800 80 80 80 to set up your personal consultation — and look forward to feeling red-carpet ready in no time at all.

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Inman Aligner vs. Invisalign: Why We Prefer the Inman Aligner

When it comes to straightening your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces, there are few options to choose from. However, two of the most common options adults choose to straighten their teeth are Invisalign clear braces and Inman Aligner.

In this article, we are going to compare Invisalign with Inman Aligner so you can see which one is right for you.

Note: The prime use of the Inman Aligner is for people who didn’t wear their retainer after braces and the front teeth have crowded again.

These people usually don’t want full braces again, so the Inman Aligner is a nice and simple way to make them happy. Invisalign can also do this, too, but is also used for full orthodontics, which the Inman Aligner can’t do.

So, for the purpose of this article, we are comparing the Inman Aligner with Invisalign based on how they fix the problem of front teeth crowding.

Let’s talk about Invisalign first

Invisalign works by creating a custom series of aligners that are designed to fit your teeth perfectly. Many adults like the idea of Invisalign because it enables him or her to straighten crooked teeth without the social stigma of being an adult with braces.

So, here are a few of the pros of Invisalign:

  • Clear option for straightening your teeth
  • Can work well for a variety of cases

Now, in addition to the pros of using Invisalign to straighten teeth, there are some cons that you need to consider when trying to determine whether or not Invisalign is the correct treatment option for you.

Here are a few of the cons associated with Invisalign:

  • The aligners must be worn 24/7 except to eat and clean.
  • You must remove aligners to eat or drink anything (except water).
  • It’s important to brush your teeth after every meal to avoid discoloring or staining.
  • New aligners are needed every 2 weeks, with visits to your dentist or orthodontist every 4-6 weeks.
  • Invisalign is generally a more costly procedure when compared to the Inman Aligner.

So what about the Inman Aligner?

Now, let’s move on and discuss the Inman Aligner. Having done both invisalign and the Inman aligner, we find the Inman is more effective for most patients.

The Inman Aligner (as we mentioned at the beginning of the article) fits a certain patient profile, and is very effective at accomplishing the goals patients want to achieve in those situations.

The Inman Aligner and Invisalign really have different target audiences. Invisalign is a system that is designed to be a comprehensive orthodontics solution, and at least in the orthodontist world, most of them charge as much or more for Invisalign than they do for regular braces. Part of the reason for that is because the shells themselves are so expensive.

The ideal patient for Inman Aligner treatment is an adult who had braces when they were kids (or maybe they didn’t), and they quit wearing their retainers and now their bottom teeth or their top teeth have started to shift and crowd again.

While they certainly don’t like the fact that their teeth are crowded, they do not want to do braces again (metal braces carry a social stigma for some, and Invisalign is an expensive procedure).

The Inman Aligner is a much less expensive, much quicker way to straighten those front four teeth and reduce crowding on the upper or lower four teeth. Sometimes at Lifetime Smiles we do go to an Invisalign-like concept and we use a series of clear shells for very minor movement.

So to recap, here are the pros and cons of using the Inman Aligner compared to Invisalign:

Here are a few of the pros of using an Inman Aligner:

  • Easy to remove and clean
  • Less expensive than Invisalign or metal braces
  • Works quickly
  • Only one is needed (aligners do not need to be replaced as treatment progresses)
  • Great solution for crowding of the upper and lower front teeth in adults

While we think the Inman Aligner is a great solution for our patients suffering from front teeth crowding issues, here are a few of the things some people have expressed as cons when wearing the Inman Aligner:

  • The Inman Aligner has a small metal bar, which can be seen
  • It is more bulky than clear shells
  • Only works for crowding of the front teeth
  • You have adjustments every two weeks

So What is the best option for you?

At Lifetime Smiles, we believe in making sure each patient gets the proper treatment that is right for them. Above, we have outlined the pros and cons of both Invisalign and the Inman aligner in order to help you make an educated decision on which one is right for you.

So, if you want to learn more about the Inman Aligner and how our dentist, can help restore your smile, contact us today!

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Inman Aligner – How Does It Straighten the Teeth?

More and more people are getting the Inman Aligner advantage and when it comes to correcting the front teeth, it has become a favorite among a growing number of dentists. What is Inman Aligner and how does it straighten your teeth?

What is the Inman Aligner?

Inman Aligner is a simple, removable appliance that can quickly and safely align and straighten the front 6 upper/lower front teeth. The Inman Aligner is perfect as a standalone treatment or to correct alignment of the teeth prior to other cosmetic procedures like boding or veneers.

How does it work?

The Inman Aligner has one buccal and one lingual bow that “pushes” the teeth into right position with light and steady forces.

Is it comfortable to wear?

For the first 3-4 days you might experience soreness or tenderness in the mouth and/or increased salivation. After this initial period of time, patients say that it becomes more comfortable.

How often should a patient wear it? Does the amount of time it is being worn affects it’s effectively?

You need to wear the Inman Aligners for 16-20 hours/day. General rule of thumb is the more hours the aligners are worn, the faster the treatment and the less hours, the slower the treatment.

How different is the Inman Aligner from the other orthodontic alternatives?

Inman Aligner is a compromised orthodontic treatment since it can only move the front upper and/or lower 6 teeth. But it is faster and cheaper than fixed braces or clear aligners like Invisalign. All treatment with Inman Aligner is evaluated and planned by the computer to know exactly how much space we need to create or close. Every patient is presented with a 3D printed model (after treatment) before the treatment.

 

Who is a candidate for the Inman Aligner?

All patients – no matter the age that present following:

  1. Healthy teeth and gums
  2. Upper/lower front teeth with mild/moderate crowding and differential wear
  3. Relapse from earlier orthodontic treatment due to failed retention
  4. For busy people who cannot wear orthodontic appliance since Inman Aligner can easily be removed for an important meeting/phone call
  5. Preferably do 1 arch at the time and if you only need to treat upper or lower teeth

How long does a general case take?

Most of my cases take between 6-12 weeks.

What can patients expect when they start wearing it?

How fast it works without pain and what a beautiful smile you can create.

What’s involved in the treatment?

After the first assessment to verify if you are suitably for Inman Aligner treatment:

  1. Impressions and photos are taken.
  2. Discussion with the patient which tooth is in most favorably position, etc.
  3. Measure the width of one tooth for calibration.

At the day of fitting the Inman Aligner:

  1. Instructions given how to insert/remove the Inman Aligner
  2. Place the composite “tags” to keep the bow in right place.
  3. If needed create space by “stripping” between the teeth with very thin diamond strips.

How should patients care for the aligners?

Brush with toothbrush and toothpaste and keep it in the yellow container box when not in use.

Do patients need retainers at the end of the treatment? If so, what kind of retainers are they? And how long should they be worn?

You will always need a retainer after all kind of orthodontic treatment as long you want your teeth to stay aligned. For best results and maintenance post-treatment, I prefer a fixed multi-strained retainer glued to the back of your teeth.

How often are the visits to the dentist?

I see my patients for regular check-ups every 2-3 weeks. Once treatment is complete, I see them every six months to make sure the retainer is in perfect condition.

If you wish to book an appointment, please call Dentcare Dental Clinic at Toll Free: 800 80 80 80 or request an appointment online.

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9 Tips for a Perfect Hollywood Smile

Many dream of healthy and beautiful teeth, but few people dare to try chemical whitening.

We at DentCare have found several procedures you can perform at home that won’t damage your enamel or do you any harm at all. Of course, these tricks are not a substitute for regular visits to the dentist. But if you follow this advice on a regular basis you’ll see your teeth lighten up a few tones, while your gums will become healthier.

DIY whitening toothpaste

Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with the same amount of clear coconut oil and 2-3 drops of mint oil. Use this mix as you would regular toothpaste — it will take care of your enamel, whiten your teeth, and freshen your breath.

Tea tree oil

If you dilute 5 drops of 100% tea tree oil in half a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it every day after brushing your teeth, you’ll see the results in just a couple of weeks. To make the effect even more striking, clean your teeth additionally with a drop of oil once or twice a week, though not more often.

Strawberry paste

Take a fresh strawberry, and crush it with a spoon. Mix it with the finest sea salt you can find (try grinding it in a coffee grinder), put the resulting paste on a toothbrush, and lightly massage your teeth for a few minutes. Then rinse your mouth thoroughly. To protect your enamel, do this no more often than once every 2 weeks.

Coconut oil

Apply some oil to your teeth before brushing them, leave it there for 15-20 minutes, then thoroughly brush with your toothpaste. Repeat this 2 or 3 times a week.

Activated charcoal mask

Mix ground charcoal with water to get a sour-cream texture, then carefully apply it to your teeth. Leave it there for 2 minutes, and rinse your mouth thoroughly. After that, brush your teeth. Repeat this once or twice a week.

Banana peel whitener

Banana peel contains substances that dissolve dental plaque and help maintain the perfect color of your teeth. Rub the inside of the peel into your teeth from both sides, and wait for 5-7 minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Repeat as often as you like.

Lemon mouthwash

This DIY mouthwash will help you whiten your teeth gradually and keep your breath fresh. Take 3 parts lemon juice and 1 part fine salt, mix them together, and rinse your mouth thoroughly after brushing your teeth. Use this method 2 or 3 times a week.
Warning: don’t use this mouthwash if you have inflammations in your mouth.

Basil leaves

Grind fresh basil leaves to make a puree, and use it regularly instead of your ordinary toothpaste to whiten your teeth and make them healthier. You can also apply it for 5-10 minutes before brushing your teeth as usual.

Aloe vera

To obtain a truly Hollywood smile, use fresh aloe vera juice or buy some natural gel made from this plant. Rub some into your teeth, massage them with a toothbrush, and rinse thoroughly. You can do this after each brushing, and after a couple of weeks your smile will be bright and sparkling white.

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The 8 Dos and Don’ts of Getting a Hollywood Smile

We Reached Out To a Tooth Tech Expert To See What Tips And Tricks To Be Mindful Of When Taking The Pearly Plunge On a Whiter, Brighter Smile

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A sparkling set of pearly whites are often thought to be the secret behind the ultimate winning smile – not to mention Hollywood-esque good looks.

A recent study carried out by researchers from Leeds and Central Lancashire University revealed that when presented with 150 images of men and women, partakers chose those with the most evenly spaced, white teeth as the most attractive. When delving deeper into the reasons behind why this was, it was concluded that teeth are viewed as the human equivalent of a peacock’s tail – a sign of health and genetic quality designed to help choose a mate. And, having witnessed many a celebrity transformation thanks to a new set of bright white gnashers, we know the dazzling difference they can make.

Aside from the risk of wasting money on products which do not work, it is even more imperative to make the right decision, as many unlicensed treatments or products can put your oral health at risk, causing irreparable damage to your teeth and enamel.

1. Do Visit a Dentist

When considering undergoing teeth whitening, it is crucial that you visit a qualified and registered dentist. The UK General Dental Council has deemed that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry and therefore it should only be carried out by appropriately trained and registered dental professionals.

It’s fine to use at-home treatments that are supervised by a dentist if the appropriate whitening gel is used as these can be very effective and convenient. However, beware of gels bought on the internet as at best they do nothing to improve the whiteness of your teeth, and at worst can be extremely acidic and harmful to your teeth.

2. Don’t Expect Miracles From Toothpaste

All toothpastes have a detergent-like effect on the surface of the teeth, and when combined with brushing will remove superficial stains, making the teeth feel and look cleaner. Whitening toothpastes are basically for stain removal and use either enzymes or mechanical particles to remove stains. They may be useful if you drink lots of tea, coffee and other stain-producing liquids and foods, but they do not whiten teeth.

3. Do Look At The Ingredientshollywood smile

In 2012, a change in EU regulations made sure that the maximum concentration of Hydrogen Peroxide allowed in whitening gel is 6%. If you are offered anything above this concentration, then it is illegal and you must not use it. Make sure to report any suspected illegal whitening practice to your dentist.

At Dentcare, we use the PrevDent power whitening; the treatment uses the standard 6% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth, but the solution also contains tiny particles of the same mineral found in teeth and bones that give them their hardness and strength. These particles adhere to your tooth enamel and exposed dentin, filling in the lesions, restoring the enamel, reducing tooth sensitivity and creating a smoother tooth surface. PrevDent achieves very good results with a less aggressive ingredient and this results in far less sensitivity for the patient overall.

4. Don’t Forget Your Fillings

It is important to remember that when undertaking tooth whitening, only the natural tooth structure will change shade. Any pre-existing tooth coloured restorations, such as fillings, will likely no longer match the surrounding tooth and will need replacing. Ideally, you should whiten the teeth to your desired colour and then change the fillings to match. Before undergoing teeth whitening you should also choose a shade that will suit your face and not give you that unnatural Hollywood look. It is best to pick the shade that relates to your skin tone – using the shade of your sclera (white of your eyes) is a good guide.

5. Don’t Substitute Regular Visits To The Dentist With Oil Pulling

Oil pulling to whiten teeth and improve overall oral health has become increasingly popular with many celebrities endorsing the craze; however, there has been no evidence to date that this method works. Essentially, this technique involves swishing a tablespoon of oil around the mouth for 15-20 minutes; this then supposedly draws out toxins in your body and your mouth, improving your oral health and in turn, whitening teeth as stains are drawn out and removed.

If you are going to try this technique make sure you do not substitute it with your regular visits to the dentist as it will not reverse tooth decay or help extensively to whiten teeth. Some stains may be removed, but regular visits to the dentist are still essential and it is advised that whitening treatments must always be carried out by your dentist.

6. Do Be Aware Of Over-The-Counter Uv Kits

Although DIY kits bought over-the-counter claim to be safe, they can easily be used incorrectly and research has shown that they can lead to stomach problems, mouth infections, toothache, gum- shrinking and even nerve damage. Ideally It is best not to use these kits as you can also result in having spotted or patchy teeth due to an uneven spread of bleach.

Professional home whitening systems provided by your dentist are highly effective – however, products available on the high street do not contain enough active ingredient of Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide to have any real effect on the tooth colour.

7. Don’t Use Whitening Strips More Than Once A Year

Teeth whitening strips are reasonably priced and easy to order, and if you have used them before you will notice a brighter and whiter smile. However, when used excessively these strips can cause damage and painful sensitivity to your teeth. You may also find that white spots occur on your gums which is not ideal; the strips themselves do not actually get into the crevices between teeth so you may also see uneven colour. If you are going to use whitening strips though then it is best to stick to the recommended usage of no more than one course a year.

8. Do Steer Clear Of Staining Foods After Whitening

There is no hard evidence that you need to avoid consuming coloured foods when teeth are whitened, however it is best to steer clear of foods that would stain a white ceramic bowl when left to sit in it for a few hours. Generally the biggest culprits for staining teeth that you should avoid straight after whitening are tobacco, black tea or coffee and red wine.

For more information about teeth whitening, then please contact the team: dentcarecenter@gmail.com, +971-4-4370111.

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