1. Who can perform teeth whitening?

    10th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic
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    Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.

    Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.

    You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.

    What happens during teeth whitening at the dentist?

    If you have teeth whitening, you will need to make several visits to the dental surgery over a couple of months.

    The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard and will instruct you how to use it with a bleaching gel. Then, using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks. Some whitening gels can be left on for up to eight hours at a time, which shortens the treatment period to one week.

    Another type of teeth whitening system that a dentist can provide is called laser whitening, which is also known as power whitening. This is where a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth and then a light or laser is shone on them to activate the whitening. Laser whitening takes about an hour.

    Can any dentist whiten teeth?

    Yes, provided they are registered with the General Dental Council. Registered dental therapists and dental hygienists can also carry out teeth whitening on the prescription of a dentist.

    To find out if a dental professional is registered with the GDC you can check online or call 0207 167 6000.

    What about home kits and beauty salons for teeth whitening?

    Only go to a registered dental professional for teeth whitening because whitening by people who aren’t qualified, for example in beauty salons, is illegal. Home kits also carry risks.

    What are the risks of home kits and salon teeth whitening?

    Some home kits don’t contain enough of the whitening product to be effective. More generally, if a dental professional is not doing the whitening, the mouthguard provided may not fit properly so some of the bleaching gel may leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering and sensitivity.

    Where teeth whitening is carried out in beauty salons by staff without any training or dental qualifications it not only carries a risk to your oral health, but is also illegal.

    Can you have your teeth whitened on the NHS?

    You can only have your teeth whitened on the NHS if there’s a medical reason for it. For example, this might be to lighten teeth that have discoloured because the nerve has died.

    Otherwise, teeth whitening by a dentist or other dental professional can only be done privately because it’s considered to be a cosmetic treatment. Costs vary and, as a general rule, laser whitening is more expensive than professional bleaching.

    How do you go about getting teeth whitening?

    Your dentist will advise you whether whitening is right for you. It may be that teeth whitening isn’t suitable, for example if you have gum disease or crowns.

    What questions should I ask the dentist before going ahead?

    Don’t be afraid to ask simple questions about the types of whitening treatment available, what results you can expect and whether the work is guaranteed for a certain amount of time. Also, ask them what they consider to be the risks in your particular case, for example increasing sensitivity of the teeth.

    Try to talk to other people who have had the same treatment or visit another dentist for a second opinion until you feel confident. Always ask for a written treatment plan and price estimate before going ahead.

    Is teeth whitening permanent?

    No, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. It can last from a few months to up to three years, but this varies from person to person. Generally, the whitening effect won’t last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.

    Will teeth whitening work on false teeth?

    No. Teeth whitening won’t work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.

    What are the risks of teeth whitening?

    No matter what treatment you use, there is a chance your gums can be sensitive to the chemicals used in teeth whitening, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. There’s also a chance of burns to gums and some of the whitening kits used at home can harm tooth enamel.

    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/teeth-whitening.aspx


  2. Tips To Prevent Coffee from Staining the Teeth

    4th October 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

    girl cleans stains on her teeth looking in the smartphoneThe more you drink coffee, the higher the likelihood of having discolored teeth. Drinking coffee without doing anything will lead to deeper staining.

    Key takeaways:

    • Brushing the teeth regularly and after taking coffee will help prevent staining of teeth especially after taking coffee.
    • Drinking coffee using a straw will avert direct contact with the teeth. It is more effective with iced coffee enthusiasts.
    • Adding milk to your coffee will prevent staining. Casein in milk binds to tannins that cause staining.

    Less liquid touches your teeth when you drink it through a straw. The smaller the straw, the better. This comes more naturally to iced coffee drinkers, but it works for hot coffee too.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.rd.com/health/conditions/coffee-stains-teeth/


  3. 9 Ways You Stain Your Teeth without Even Knowing It

    7th September 2016 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Sports drinks can be grouped among foods that cause damage to the teeth since they contain high amounts of sugars.

    Key takeaways:

    • Lemonade contains high amounts acid and sugar that are detrimental to dental health. The acid wear out the enamel on the teeth.
    • Juices and smoothies can stain the teeth since they contain lots of vegetables and berries.
    • Green teas may stain the teeth in a similar way to the black and brown teas albeit in a mild way.

    Colorful cough syrups are full of sugar that can cause deterioration. These meds will also leave stains on your teeth if you take them repeatedly over a decent amount of time, says Dr. Rosen.

    Read the full story here

    http://www.menshealth.com/health/surprising-teeth-stainers


  4. Tooth Whitening & Hygienist

    7th December 2015 by thecourtyardclinic

    It’s all white…
    We can provide some extra Christmas sparkle with our super safe tooth whitening to help get rid of all those pesky stains.

    How light can you go?
    Whitening lightens and brightens teeth by removing stains using a safe chemical process. Teeth can discolour for many reasons and common culprits include red wine, coffee and tobacco.

    So come in for a chat and we’ll try to establish what has caused the discolouration and recommend the most appropriate whitening treatment based on the condition of your teeth. We’ll then let you know what’s available, how long it will take and how often you’ll have to come in for treatment.

    This smile brightening treatment is suitable for most people (including those with teeth that have had their root removed) however please note that whitening is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns.

    As well as providing a dreamy white Christmas, we’ll also give you a fab festive clean up…
    Our dental hygienist will treat your teeth to a really deep clean so your mouth feels super fresh and healthy just in time for all that yuletide fun!

    Even if you brush your teeth regularly at home, this isn’t enough to prevent the daily build-up of plaque which brings with it a whole host of nasties including bleeding gums and bad breath. Also, if left untreated, tartar build up can lead to gum disease.

    So what will the hygienist do?

    • Professionally scale and polish your teeth
    • Advise and educate you about oral health – including top tips for a happy mouth, teeth and gums
    • Recommend dental cleaning products
    • Keep your mouth and breath fresh (remember those mistletoe moments!)
    • Help prevent the need for more drastic dental treatments
    • Spot the early signs of mouth cancer and other dental diseases.

  5. Do you want whiter teeth?

    24th October 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Everyone wants whiter teeth, now at The Courtyard Clinic we are offering the new and improved Zoom whitening to whiten your teeth with powerful yet safe results.

    Using the Zoom in surgery whitening you can whiten your teeth up to 6 shades in 1 hour. Over 4 million patients have used Philips Zoom! Whitespeed to whiten their teeth. It offers a number of advantages

    – Reduced sensitivity

    – Safe for your gums

    – Unique Philips Zoom! Gel Formula- compliant with new EU regulations

    We recommend for the best results that last, to also use a home tooth whitening kit:  Philips Daywhite or Nightwhite.

     

    We find that using this Zoom! combination we have fantastic results which really last!

    If you are interested in whitening your teeth please call 01932 582949 today.

     

     

     

     


  6. How to keep your teeth whiter for longer!

    3rd September 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    White teeth are a sign of beauty and health in modern society. Most of us have heard of dental bleaching or tooth whitening but there is a lot of marketing associated with the whitening industry.

    Here are 5 top tips for keeping your teeth white for as long as possible after whitening:

    1) Watch your diet: anything that can stain a white T shirt can stain your teeth. Curry, red wine, coffee, ketchup

    2) Invest in an electric toothbrush: manual toothbrushing can be very effective if done well. Electric brushes will in general be better at removing stains and so invest in a good one to keep your teeth sparkling!

    3) STOP SMOKING!!: smoking stains the teeth very quickly. In order to maintain sparkling white teeth you need to kick the habit!

    4) Increase the visits to the hygienist: maintaining regular visits to the hygienist will help to remove any stains as well as keeping the gums nice and healthy

    5) Whitening toothpastes: Most whitening toothpastes have abrasive components which can lead to sensitivity, make sure the toothpaste has a high fluoride content to counteract this

    For more information on how to keep your teeth white for longer or to book in with out friendly hygienist. Give us a call on 01932 582949.


  7. Is cosmetic dentistry for you?

    28th August 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

    img1.jpg   Here at The Courtyard Clinic our priority to provide our patients and their families with happy and healthy smiles. A number of our patients come to us to improve the appearance of their smiles, our expert dentists are all well trained in advanced cosmetic dentistry and so are more than happy to help. Here are the 5 main ways we help patients achieve bright, brilliant smiles:

    1) Tooth whitening: tooth whitening also known as dental bleaching is a simple and non invasive way of giving our patients a more youthful smile. It involves the placement of hydrogen peroxide gel either in the clinic or in thin plastic trays at home. Many of our patients go up to 7 shades lighter!

    2) Tooth straightening: Often patients will be unhappy with the position of a certain tooth or teeth. The best way to align the teeth is by use of adult orthodontics or braces. Traditional metal braces is still the gold standard of treatment however there are many other options which can be more cosmetic and much quicker than the traditional 2 years of treatment. Treatments such as Damon, Invisalign, Inman Aligner and Social 6 Lingual braces are all available for patients to get the smile they always wanted.

    3) Cosmetic bonding: Patients will sometimes be unhappy with existing visible fillings at the front of the mouth, or may want to correct small discrepancies in the shape of position of their teeth. Cosmetic bonding can be used to change the shape of teeth often without drilling away any of the natural tooth. This “no drills/no injection” technique is fantastic especially for our nervous patients!

    4) Replacing missing teeth: missing teeth can provide an unharmonious smile which many patients are embarrassed of. These spaces can not only be a cosmetic issue but also a functional one with the surrounding teeth drifting an affecting the bite.

    5) Porcelain veneers or crowns: if the teeth have multiple cosmetic issues i.e. problems with a combination of colour, position and shape then porcelain veneers or crowns can be used. Often a patient will have old crowns which they are unhappy with which can be replaced for more cosmetic materials. In specific cases porcelain veneers can be used to provide a beautiful smile- this is frequently used for the “Hollywood smile” appearance that many people desire. If you are unhappy with your smile then give us a call- many of our patients have been putting off improving their smile for many years,  all of our patients who have improved their smiles wish they did it earlier! Call 01932 582949 and book in for a complimentary smile consultation today!


  8. Unhappy with your smile? Have you thought about discreet adult orthodontics?

    15th May 2014 by thecourtyardclinic

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    Braces aren’t just for teenagers!

    This is something that we find ourselves discussing with our patients quite frequently at The Courtyard Clinic. Patients come into our practice in Chertsey to talk about improving their smiles and we love helping them get their confidence back. Most patients think veneers or crowns are the only option, and occasionally they are, however in a lot of cases straightening and whitening the teeth is the best option for the lifespan of the teeth and also to get the best cosmetic result.

    We have a lot of experience with adult orthodontics (braces) at The Courtyard Clinic and we offer many options:

    1) Damon braces-
    The Damon System is not just a new product, it’s a whole new way of treating patients. Conventional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient

    2) Invisalign –
    The Invisalign system is as close to invisible as possible with modern orthodontic systems. This very discreet system is removable and very comfortable to wear. Invisalign’s patented Clincheck 3D computerised system allows patients to see the projected finished result at the start of treatment. Invisaligns technology is evolving and we are now able to take on more complicated cases with this revolutionary system

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    3) Social 6 braces-
    This system attaches to the backs of the teeth so that nothing is visible in the patients smile, it is perfect for minor corrections of crowded teeth and can be finished in under 16 weeks in most cases.

    So if you are concerned about your smile and want to improve it in a minimally invasive and cosmetic manner then we have all the options for you at The Courtyard Clinic. To have a free consultation regarding adult braces – give us a call on 01932 582949.


  9. Whiter teeth for patients at The Courtyard Clinic

    13th December 2013 by thecourtyardclinic

    One of our most popular treatments at The Courtyard Clinic is Tooth whitening (also known as tooth bleaching). We are currently running a fantastic discount on tooth whitening for patients looking for whiter teeth for christmas- Tooth whitening for £199 and 20% discount off examination/hygiene.

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    Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that lightens discolourations in the teeth. The system uses a mild peroxide gel retained in a custom-fitted tray that is worn over your teeth for 1-2 hours a day.

    What causes tooth discolouration??

    There are many causes:

    The most common include:

    • aging
    • coffee
    • tea
    • cola
    • tobacco
    • red wine
    • trauma
    • old fillings

    In general anything that can stain a white T-shirt can stain your teeth also.

    Who can benefit from tooth whitening?

    MOST PEOPLE can benefit from tooth whitening. However there are some cases where the treatment may be inappropriate or ineffective. Your dentist will determine if you are a viable candidate for the treatment and this is one of the reasons tooth whitening should never be provided by someone who is not a dental care professional.

    IS IT SAFE??

    YES!! When carried out by a trained dental professional clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is safe for teeth and gums. In fact if you look around The Courtyard Clinic staff, you may see that many of them have had the treatment done themselves! A new website has recently been launched advising patients on concerns for safety:

    http://www.safetoothwhitening.org/

    How long does it take?

    On average 10-14 days, but the trays do not need to be worn overnight.

    In cases of very dark teeth it can take longer and your dentist will advise you of this.

    Are there any side effects?

    Some people temporarily get  increased sensitivity which disappears a few days after carrying out the treatment.

    Here at The Courtyard Clinic we use PHILIPS ZOOM Night White tooth whitening. Please give Alison a call today on 01932582 949 or send us an email at reception@thecourtyardclinic.com


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