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How does teeth whitening work?

These days, people are more conscious about how their teeth appear when they smile. As a result, many prefer to choose teeth whitening as a solution to clear away stains formed due to food, cigarette smoke, coffee, etc.

                                            Teeth whitening before and after

Can Teeth Whitening Crack Your Teeth?

Teeth whitening makes your smile extra sparkly which is great for those all-important selfies. But does it cause long-lasting damage to your teeth?  Dentists are the only people who are able to whiten teeth legally. They will check your teeth to see if they are suitable for the procedure and will not proceed if your teeth are at risk. Beauticians are no longer able to whiten teeth as they are not medically qualified to do so.

There are three ways to whiten your teeth; over the counter kits, teeth whitening procedure at the dentist or a home kit under the dentist’s supervision.  Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the active ingredients in all of these methods. Over the counter, kits are less effective because they contain a lower concentration of active ingredient.  Treatments from the dentist contain a much higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide enabling teeth to go up to eight shades whiter.

Dentists thoroughly examine your mouth to make sure that the teeth whitening treatment will not cause damage to your teeth and mouth. If you have unhealthy teeth and gums the dentist will not whiten your teeth.  Teeth whitening will not crack your teeth but may damage your gums if not supervised by a dentist.

What Causes Teeth Discolouration?

There are two main reasons why stains appear on our teeth; extrinsic which affects the outer layer or intrinsic the inner layer. Drinking coffee, wine, cola and smoking leave staining on the outside of your teeth.  Damage to the dentin due to antibiotics, fluoride or a fall cause the inside of your teeth to go darker and yellowy. Ageing discolours our teeth due to a combination of internal and external staining.

Staining of your teeth is not necessarily a sign of unhealthy teeth unless it is due to internal damage. People just feel younger and healthier if they have a bright white smile. Avoiding food that stains your teeth helps to prevent discolouration.

The Teeth Whitening Procedure

Teeth whitening is a dental procedure even if its classification is Cosmetic Dentistry.  Up until the 31st October, 2012 teeth whitening was subject to laws relating to cosmetic treatments.  Beauticians and anyone with a teeth whitening certificate was able to whiten teeth. After October 2012 only dentists could use or prescribe teeth whitening products with up to 6% hydrogen peroxide. This means that it is illegal for anyone who isn’t a dentist to whiten people’s teeth.

The dentist will examine your teeth to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to have the procedure.  If you have fillings or crowns they will not become lighter with treatment. Bleaching may cause temporary sensitivity to your teeth but will not damage them. Your dentist will not whiten your teeth if you have gum disease or weakness in your teeth.  

The Zoom In-Office System

If you choose to have your teeth whitened in the dentist surgery you will experience the Zoom In-Office System.  First of all, you will wear a protective shield in your mouth to protect your gums. The dentist applies gel containing hydrogen peroxide to your teeth and shines the Zoom light onto your mouth.  Oxygen released by the hydrogen peroxide enters the dentin of your teeth bleaching the discolouration. The Zoom lamp increases the effectiveness by 33% which lightens the teeth by up to eight shades.

Teeth Whitening At Home

If you decide to whiten your teeth at home you will have to visit your dentist a number of times to customise your kit.  Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and will take impressions of your mouth. The impressions help to produce the gel trays which will fit your mouth perfectly to prevent the gel from touching your gums.

All you have to is inject gel containing hydrogen peroxide into the tray daily and wear it for a few hours.  Many people wear them at night but they can wear the trays any time. Results are noticeable between seven and fourteen days.

The teeth whitening procedure will not crack your teeth because your dentist will not continue with treatment if your teeth are unhealthy.

If you would like to find out more about teeth whitening treatments from Simply Teeth Essex please click here.

Are Selfies the Motivation to Treatment Success?

In recent years selfies or pictures taken by you of yourself are becoming more and more commonplace. There hasn’t been any real explanation as to why this trend has become so popular but it seems to help a lot in determining what we feel about our looks. There are two positive outcomes for people when it comes to oral health. The first is that selfies in particular appear to have a positive role to play in improving the way we brush our teeth. This in turn lowers the incident of tooth decay and gum disease. The second is the desire to improve one’s smile by participating in cosmetic dental treatment.

Brushing teeth improves using video selfies

In a study conducted recently by a U.S. dental school the group who was willing to participate were asked to make a film of themselves in the process of cleaning their teeth. The research team found that when the participants were brushing, there was an 8% improvement in how well they brushed. The phones they were using for the video recordings were placed on stands so they could film independently from the participant’s actions. One of the researchers in the study stated that video selfies allowed a person to be able to see clearly which teeth were getting the best brushing and which were being left out. They can then make a bit of extra effort and concentrate on brushing those teeth that get constantly missed.

Cosmetic dental treatment on the rise

It’s quite usual when a photo is taken that you will be asked by the taker to smile even if it means inputting a joke or two at the time to encourage you to do so. Smiling involves exposing your teeth which will reveal both a perfect set of white teeth and any irregularities such as broken, crooked, chipped or stained teeth.

Posting selfies on social media has it seems encouraged people to seek ways of improving any irregularities in their teeth. They aren’t rushing in to make an appointment with their dentists but they are emailing selfies to dental surgeries asking for ways to improve their teeth’s appearance. Many dental procedures that correct misaligned teeth not only have better outcomes when you smile but moving the teeth into the right place enables you to bite and chew on food you had difficulty handling. This is because your front and bottom teeth didn’t meet exactly, making biting and chewing an arduous chore.

This rise in desire for your teeth to look white and natural in your mouth after taking selfies has become a bit of a concern because a camera doesn’t always reveal exactly what your teeth really look like. If shade in your mouth is obstructing the cameras ability to see properly it might even appear that you have no teeth at all in that part of your mouth.

Additionally, when the light flashes onto your front teeth when taking a selfie, it may appear that your teeth are sticking out more. According to dentists they applaud the concern people are having for their teeth as it means other more serious problems like dental decay can be picked up by a dentist because more people are attending appointments for cosmetic reasons. However, the selfie taker shouldn’t get too alarmed from the results of snapping a picture of their teeth but instead should go and get a dentist’s opinion first.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentists use a variety of techniques to enhance the aesthetic beauty of your smile. Even if your teeth are in good condition, teeth whitening can add the extra touch you need to enhance an already great smile.

cosmetic-dentistry-in-essexAt Simply Teeth in Essex, our patients find their confidence is increased when their broken or missing teeth are repaired by cosmetic dentistry in Essex. Investing in a beautiful smile is more than just a way of increasing attractiveness. It can also be an important investment in your social life and even increase your career opportunities.

Teeth whitening

What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone? We all know that a bright, white, beautiful smile can get us noticed and can create rapport and connection when in conversation with others. If you have heard of in-house teeth whitening, you may have heard about Zoom whitening. At Simply Teeth, you can have your teeth whitened as many as five shades lighter in just one dental appointment.

If you are unhappy with your smile, Zoom teeth whitening can help to brighten your smile and boost your confidence. Every day we expose our teeth to damaging and dulling foods and drinks. Professional teeth whitening can help reduce years of dulling and staining, leaving you with a healthier and younger looking smile.

Why use a dentist for teeth whitening?

Why get your teeth whitened by a professional? Getting your teeth lightened in a dental practice prevents complications and sensitivity that can often accompany shop-bought whitening kits. Cosmetic dentistry in Essex is best left to the professionals!

At Simply Teeth, your dentist will help you decide on the best teeth whitening system for you based on your lifestyle, desires, budget, and oral health. We will also take into consideration previous cosmetic dentistry procedures. This can include veneers, crowns, or dental implants, which will affect the whitening system you can use.

Find out more about cosmetic dentistry in Essex

Having the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted could be just one visit away. Why not give us a call? We have many options for cosmetic dentistry in Essex.

Cosmetic dentistry in Essex: your options

Cosmetic dentistry offers numerous ways to boost, enhance, and improve the appearance of your smile. Simply Teeth in Essex has an extensive menu of cosmetic dental treatments, which can be used alone or in combination to help you reach your personal smile goals.

cosmetic-dentistry-in-essexAt our Essex dental practice we know that the concept of an ideal smile is a very personal thing. No matter what you may dislike about your current smile, cosmetic dentistry offers a solution. At Simply Teeth in Essex we don’t believe in a one-size-fits all approach to cosmetic dentistry. We won’t recommend treatments for the sake of it; instead, your cosmetic dentist will work closely with you to find the ideal smile for you – whatever that may mean.

Essex cosmetic dentistry

Simply Teeth in Essex has an extensive cosmetic dentistry menu, and a skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist will be on hand to help you choose the best treatment or combination of treatments for your individual needs. By using our advanced smile design software, we will be able to show you the results of any procedures before they begin.

Popular cosmetic dentistry options at our Essex dental clinic include:

Discreet tooth straightening

Straighter teeth rank pretty highly on most people’s smile wish list. Not everyone was lucky enough to have orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager, whilst others may have had treatment only for their teeth to move back out of position.

At Simply Teeth in Essex we offer subtle tooth straightening with Six Month Smiles cosmetic braces, FastBraces, and Invisalign clear aligners.

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure in the world. It involves the use of dental bleaching gel to gently remove everyday stains – such as those caused by red wine, coffee, or smoking – from the teeth, leaving them brighter and whiter. It should only be carried out by a dentist to ensure treatment is safe and legal.

Porcelain veneers

These thin shells of porcelain can cover a wide range of aesthetic issues with the front teeth. Your dentist can use a single veneer to improve the look of a permanently stained tooth, or a full set for a smile makeover.

How cosmetic dentistry can brighten your smile

A brighter, whiter smile comes top of many people’s cosmetic dentistry wish list. Simply Teeth dental clinic in Essex offers a number of aesthetic dental treatments that can brighten up your smile – often requiring just a few short appointments.

cosmetic-dentistryWhen you come into our Essex dental practice for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, the first thing your dentist will do is to establish the cause of your tooth discolouration. Some 64% of the adult population of the UK dislike the current shade of their teeth, and there are numerous reasons behind this.

The most common cause of stained teeth is dental plaque. Shockingly, 66% of adults have visible plaque, which isn’t just bad news for the look of your smile, but for your dental and general health, too.

Plaque causes gum disease and tooth decay, both of which can lead to tooth loss. If this is found to be the reason behind your tooth discolouration, you will be referred to a hygienist at our Essex clinic. The hygienist will remove all traces of plaque and help you to look after your teeth better in future.

Teeth whitening is the most popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry, and can be used to combat common tooth stains such as those caused by tea, coffee, or nicotine. Simply Teeth in Essex offers both home and in-clinic teeth whitening. Whichever option you choose, you must remember that only a dentist should carry out whitening treatment.

For cases of permanent staining of the front teeth, porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry choice at our Essex practice. These hand-crafted, micro-thin shells of medical grade porcelain are bonded over the front surfaces of your teeth by your dentist to improve their appearance. Veneers usually require at least two appointments at Simply Teeth Essex, and should last for several years.

Obvious metal amalgam fillings can cause problems when they are visible in your smile line. Cosmetic dentistry offers a reliable solution in the form of tooth-coloured fillings. At our Essex dental centre we offer both composite fillings and glass ionomer fillings. Whichever option you need, your dentist will match your filling to your tooth colour.

Why Teeth Whitening Can Only Be Carried Out By Dentists


Since October 2012 it has been illegal for anyone except dentists and dental technicians who are, registered with the GDC, to carry out teeth whitening treatments. Prior to this new legislation anybody was able to use teeth whitening products, that contained over 0.01% hydrogen peroxide, without being registered with the GDC. Teeth whitening treatments carried out in beauty salons would often lead to gum and tooth damage because the beautician lacked a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of the mouth.

Thorough Check Up

Before teeth whitening treatment is carried out your dentist will give you a thorough check up to ascertain if your teeth are suitable for teeth whitening treatment. If you have gum disease, worn enamel, cavities and exposed roots you will not be able to receive teeth whitening treatment. If you have fillings, crowns and other restorations the result is likely to be uneven and tooth coloured fillings may have to be replaced. Your dentist will also discuss how effective the treatment is likely to be so that you are not disappointed when your teeth are not as white as you had hoped for.

Hydrogen Peroxide Legislation

Teeth whitening products that you can buy over the counter legally have to have less than 0.01% hydrogen peroxide, the concentration used by dentists is between 0.01% and 6 %. You can purchase the stronger teeth whitening products only when you have been examined by a dentist and it has been confirmed that your mouth is healthy enough for treatment. Your dentist will also have to prepare customised trays for you to use in order to apply the gel. The labelling of this treatment can be misleading because the percentages can be marked as 10% and 16% this is because only a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide is released.

If you are considering having teeth whitening treatment and want to avoid potential damage to your teeth and gums you should make an appointment with your dentist for a consultation and advice.

Presently we have an offer of teeth whitening treatment for only £149, please contact us for more details.


Could Cosmetic Dentistry Boost Your Career?


Source: Daily Mail

Obviously being a dental clinic we have discussed the importance of having a bright and healthy smile many times but have you considered the possibility that cosmetic dentistry could help you get a pay rise? We are basing our theory on the number of film stars and celebrities whose careers have skyrocketed since they had cosmetic dentistry.

Getting The X – Factor

Source: Daily Mail
Source: Daily Mail

It would seem that it is perfectly acceptable to have a rugged raw look while you are up and coming but once your potential has been realised you need to polish yourself up a bit. This was very much the case with Tom Cruise and Nicholas cage who both resorted to veneers to improve their smile. All X – Factor judges seem to have had to have compulsory cosmetic dentistry so they can blind each other with their pearly whites.

Achieving Your Goal

These days it is all about the image you portray and you may not be aiming for an Oscar but getting that dream job is your goal. Looking the part is very important, if you will be required to give presentations in your new job but are too self conscious about your smile your job prospects will evaporate. Cosmetic dentistry is not about having ridiculously white teeth or veneers that look like piano keys it is about having a smile you can be proud of.

Choosing The Right Cosmetic Dentistry

The type of cosmetic dentistry you will have depends on the best procedures required. For some teeth whitening will be sufficient while others may need to use braces to straighten their teeth. Don’t worry braces are not the tramlines of the past, they can either be invisible like Invisaglin ® or take six months like Fast Braces. Of course you can choose to have veneers and repair your smile in super quick time.

Stunning Selfies

Maybe it isn’t your career you want to expand but your social media following, if this is the case cosmetic dentistry will provide you with the greatest selfie smile ever!

If you would like to find out more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures we have available please contact us here and we will be happy to discuss your options.

Why Are We So Into Teeth Whitening?


Teeth whitening is not a new fad as the Ancient Egyptians were into it and American’s have been doing it for decades. Dick Van Dyke’s character Bert, in Mary Poppins, not only had a questionable cockney accent, he was the only chimney sweep with a Hollywood smile. The teeth whitening epidemic has spread throughout the USA and now the world. In films it is becoming rare to see a down and out or a gladiator without a perfect set of teeth. In America it is so important to have shiny white teeth that people with normal healthy teeth are considered to have, ‘bad’, teeth. Ricky Gervais has fascinated advocates of the Hollywood smile by not having teeth whitening done.


Initially teeth whitening was popular with film stars, soap stars and people on their fiftieth birthday. Now of course with the introduction of the smartphone and social media we are smiling for the camera more than ever. There is nothing like a bad photograph being posted online to inspire you to lose weight, improve your dress sense and invest in teeth whitening. We are becoming celebrities amongst our friends and some of us smile and pout on people’s timelines frequently.

Teeth Whitening Legislation

For a while it was unclear who was able to perform teeth whitening treatment and beauty parlours would incorporate it into their packages. In October 2012 legislation was introduced specifying that only qualified dentists or dental nurses could perform a teeth whitening procedure. In order to make sure that your mouth and teeth don’t get damaged by teeth whitening your dentist must assess if your teeth are healthy enough for the procedure.

Health First

If you want to use a teeth whitening kit at home you need to have a consultation with your dentist to check suitability and have customised trays made for the teeth whitening gel. It is entirely up to you as to how white you would like your teeth to be but you must not compromise your health to gain a whiter than white smile. Remember healthy teeth don’t always have to be snow blindingly bright.

World’s Healthiest Teeth

According to the DMFT Index the UK was in the top five countries with the healthiest teeth while America was not. When it comes to white teeth we need to remember that the majority of Americans don’t live in Hollywood, go roller skating in Los Angeles and have reality shows. There are a large number whose dental health is so bad that they don’t have any teeth left to whiten.

If you are interested in brightening up your selfies and having a beaming white smile contact us for more details. We will be able to make sure that teeth whitening will be beneficial to you and ensure that you have a Hollywood smile that you will be proud of.

Eight Reasons For Tooth Whitening

Apart from making sure that our selfies look good there are many reasons why you should consider visiting your dentist to discuss tooth whitening. Legislation has made it illegal for anyone who is not a qualified and registered dental practitioner to carry out tooth whitening.

If you have been tempted to try tooth whitening but are unsure if you should check out these ten great reasons why you should get in touch with your dentist today:-

  1. It spruces up your mouth by removing stains caused by; soft drinks, coffee, smoking wine and other foods.
  2. It is a great incentive to give up smoking because having freshly whitened teeth may deter you from staining them again.
  3. Are you attending a wedding or expecting to have lots of photographs taken? Tooth whitening will make your mouth sparkle and ready to smile for the camera.
  4. If you are searching for a new job? A shiny white smile will give you the confidence and instill confidence in your prospective employer.
  5. If you have stopped smiling because your gnashers are yellow, tooth whitening is the quickest and easiest way to restore an award winning smile.
  6. Did you know that discoloured yellowing teeth are another sign of aging? If you choose to whiten your teeth you may be able to hold on to your youth a little longer.
  7. You don’t have to have surgery to have tooth whitening treatment.
  8. People who have had tooth whitening treatment tend to look after their teeth better and have a good dental hygiene routine.

Tooth Whitening – Home or Dentist?

If you choose to use tooth whitening products that are over 0.1 % hydrogen peroxide you have to consult your dentist who will check your teeth to see it they can withstand treatment. If you choose to have your tooth whitening professionally done you can only accept treatment from a qualified GDC registered dental practitioner. If you see tooth whitening being performed in beauty salons, hairdressers or your brother’s – mate’s – sister’s – friend they are carrying out the treatment illegally.

If you decide to have tooth whitening treatment please make an appointment today to discuss your treatment options.


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