Teeth Whitening

A radiant smile for a confident you

It's the first thing people notice about you — and when you feel good about it, it shows. Teeth whitening gives you the radiant results you want with a variety of professional whitening options to fit your lifestyle. And when it comes to whitening, like with everything having to do with your smile, your dentist is your best resource. 

A white bright smile can be a confidence booster and a great way to get noticed. Depending on our everyday choices, we may not have the smile we always wanted. Wine, smoking, tea, soda and other foods and beverages can cause teeth staining.

What causes yellow teeth?

There are numerous types of teeth stains; some are genetic, environmental or pharmacological in nature. The most common are surface stains on the enamel or beneath the enamel in the dentin. Surface stains are caused by foods, beverages and lifestyle behaviors, like smoking. Over time, surface stains may penetrate the enamel and change the colour of the dentin, which darkens the overall appearance of the tooth due to the translucency of the enamel layer. When this occurs, the tooth often appears yellow.


What teeth whitening options are there?

There are many whitening options, from OTC toothpastes, rinses and strips, to professionally supervised solutions such as Zoom in-surgery and take-home whitening.


Is teeth whitening safe for my teeth?

The safest way to whiten your teeth is under the supervision of your dental professional who will assess your overall oral health, the health of your teeth and know the history of your teeth. For example, if your dental professional knows that you are prone to sensitivity, he or she may recommend a gentle formulation to ensure you get the results you are looking for with a treatment that you will enjoy.

About National Smile Month

National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health.

Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. They are:

Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.

Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The aim of National Smile Month is to ultimately improve the UK’s oral health. Organised by oral health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, the campaign hopes to raise awareness of important health issues, and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions.

And this year, the campaign celebrates a very special landmark… it’s 40th Birthday!

With the help and enthusiasm of those who are passionate about health and wellbeing, National Smile Month 2016 hopes to see thousands of events and activities up and down the UK educate and engage local communities about the importance of a healthy mouth.

In 2016, the campaign will take place between 16 May and 16 June, and will encourage all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help us educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improves the quality of smiles all around the UK.

But National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth – the key to the success of the campaign is that we have lots fun doing it!

Invisalign - Stories

Mikala's story

One of my teeth really stuck out and I was absolutely paranoid about it.  It was on my mind when speaking to somebody up close, when photographs were taken – I felt awful and wanted it fixed. But I thought I was too grown up for metal braces.

Vincent's story

I had a problem with my smile. My teeth overlapped and I was very unhappy about it. But I couldn’t imagine having braces bonded to my teeth.  I went to see an orthodontist and he recommended Invisalign. I was immediately happy with how transparent they were and how easy they were to use and remove.

Kirsty's story

I wanted to straighten my teeth. I didn’t like that they were crooked and overcrowded. As a result, I didn’t like my smile.

Khadija’s story

I’d developed a complex about my teeth. My front teeth stuck out and my jaw was too small, which meant that I hated smiling. I looked into treatment options and decided Invisalign was the perfect choice for me. Because they’re nearly invisible, I was able to carry on living my life without being self-conscious – people didn’t even know I was wearing them.

Visit your hygienist regularly because prevention is always better than cure

Regular appointments with your hygienist will identify and prevent dental problems and keep your smile as healthy as possible.

Our hygienists specialise in preventive treatments typically focusing on techniques in oral hygiene. They are an integral part of the W Dental oral care programme – caring for you with specific, specialised oral care and advice.

Your hygienist works with your dentist to tailor your preventive treatments. Treatments and procedures can include taking digital x-rays, removing plaque and tartar, evaluating and treating gum disease, checking for soft tissue pathology, fluoride treatments, home care advice and oral health education, saliva assessment and whitening treatments.

Regular hygiene appointments can greatly reduce the need for future, dental treatments. Your appointment will be comfortable and enjoyable. We look forward to looking after you and seeing you smile.

World Oral Health Day - 20th March 2016

What is WOHD?

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of oral hygiene to looking after everyone old and young.

It is a day for people to have fun – that should be a day full of activities that make us laugh, sing and smile!

Why is WOHD Important?

Because 90% of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime and many of them can be avoided with increased governmental, health association and society support and funding for prevention, detection and treatment programmes.

 

Getting straighter teeth is easier than ever before thanks to Invisalign aligners.

What Are Invisalign Aligners?

Put simply, this product is meant to mimic the results you get with braces, but without being visible—hence the name. They’re for people who want straight teeth without all the hardware showing. Over the past five years or so, they’ve steadily grown in popularity too.

Practically Invisible

Like we just mentioned, no one wants to advertise that they’re having dental work done. Most of us associate a certain stigma with being an adult and needing a product like braces, which we generally think is something to give up as teenagers.

Whether or not this is fair, with Invisalign aligners, you don’t have to worry that anyone is thinking it about you. They have see-through bodies that are made of a flexible form of plastic. Up close, people may be able to tell, but Invisalign aligners are so unobtrusive that it won’t be something you’ll get embarrassed about.

You Can Take Them Out

Invisalign aligners must be worn throughout the day for no less than 22 hours. However, you are permitted to take them out for the remaining two hours you have left, which is something of a great relief. With traditional braces, you never get a rest from them. Not only do they have to stay in, but you couldn’t take them out if you wanted to.

With Invisalign aligners, you’ll mostly just be taking them out so that you can eat, but it can still make a big difference and help ease the discomfort that usually comes from wearing dental hardware.

Effective

Make no mistake, despite the fact that Invisalign aligners definitely make life a lot easier for the wearer, they still do a great job of realigning teeth exactly as you’d want. While there are some types of dental problems they won’t be good for fixing, those of us who just want our teeth straightened or better aligned will not be disappointed by what this popular product can do.

Limitations

However, this is probably a good time to bring up these specific limitations. Invisalign aligners will not be much good at turning teeth back once they’ve reached a certain angle in your mouth. A dentist will be the final judge, but there are definitely some dental problems that only traditional braces can really address successfully.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Month

Mouth cancer awareness month aims to open eyes and ears about this fast-growing health issue.

Cancer of the mouth claims more victims each year than cervical and testicular cancers combined – and outnumbers those killed on our roads.

Figures show diagnoses are up 40% in a decade. So, what is causing this epidemic and how can we mitigate the risk factors?

Well, nobody will be surprised to learn that smoking and drinking are crucial factors as is a diet that is not rich in vegetables and vitamins. Men over 50 are the biggest risk group but also those with missing teeth. The incidences related to sexually transmitted diseases is also on the rise.

More than 2,000 people in the UK die each year but early diagnosis could slash this figure. That's why Mouth Cancer awareness month in November is an ideal time to as your dentist for that all important check-up.

Stats from British dental Health Foundation

  • Latest figures show that, there were 6,767 people diagnosed with mouth cancer in the UK
  • That’s 18 people every day – one person diagnosed every 77 minutes
  • Mouth cancer cases have increased by a third in the last decade and it is one of few cancers that experts predict will continue to increase in the coming years
  • Mouth cancer is ranked the 16th most common cancer in the UK
  • The lifetime risk of developing mouth cancer is 1 in 84 for men and 1 in 160 for women
  • Cancer of the tongue and oral cavity are the most common forms of mouth cancer, followed then by the throat.  Lip, neck and other mouth cancers make up the rest of cases
  • Mouth cancer is twice as common in men than women
  • 86% of cases are diagnosed in those over 50
  • Mouth cancer rates per population are significantly higher in Scotland compared with England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • Rates are much higher in white males, however those in Asian males are similar
  • More than 90% of mouth cancers in men and 85% in women are linked to lifestyle and environmental factors

Risk factors

Two-thirds of cases are linked to smoking including secondary smoking.  A third is also associated with excess alcohol. Poor diet is also a factor but it must be stressed that this is due to vitamin deficiency not foods such as red meat and bacon butties. For those with missing teeth, the risk of cancer increases 60-fold. Mouth cancer is 70% more common in those whose family have a history of the disease. However early detection can result in survival outcomes of 90%

What can we do?

Awareness of the condition is critical, hence the launch of Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Typical signs can be so common that many people would not think of troubling their dentist or doctor. Ulcers, red and white blotches around the mouth, lengthy sore throats and lumps all need to be checked out if symptoms persist. If any of these conditions last for three weeks it is vital they are examined by a healthcare professional.  

  1. Brush teeth and floss regularly
  2. Do not smoke
  3. Drink alcohol in moderation
  4. Limit exposure to the sun
  5. Eat cancer fighting foods
  6. Take regular exercise
  7. Self exam regularly
  8. See your dentist every six months.

 

Dentistry For The Entire Family

At W Dental we also offer dentistry for the entire family – helping you and your children to maintain a healthy smile.

We believe that it is important for your entire family to have a high standard of dental care, regardless of age. We offer regular dental check-ups for children and adults. Children should have regular checks and preventative care to allow them to grow up with healthy mouths, and to ensure that they keep their teeth for life.

Hygiene appointments are also available, and we will give you advice such as following a healthy diet, the effective way to clean your teeth and maintain your teeth for life.

Every W Dental patient has a full examination at their annual check up. We also examine your teeth for signs of decay; look at the health of your gums and check your jaw joints. All adult patients are also checked for mouth cancer.

For clients who need restorative work, we offer a full range of dental services. These include tooth-coloured fillings, one-visit ceramic crowns, and strong, permanent replacements for missing teeth.

If you would like to know more about what W Dental can offer you and your family contact us on 0118 944 9444.  

Preventative Dentistry

At W Dental we place a strong emphasis on preventative dentistry – enabling you to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

We recommend regular dental check-ups and hygiene appointments, and we will give you advice on following a healthy diet and the best way of cleaning your teeth.

Our digital x-rays and intra-oral camera help us to spot potential problems at an early stage, so that we can treat them quickly, saving you time and expense. Our state-of-the-art equipment also includes a dental microscope to aid diagnosis and treatment.

For those clients who need restorative work, we offer a full range of dental services. These include tooth-coloured fillings, one-visit ceramic crowns, and strong, permanent replacements for missing teeth.

TMJ Disorder - Jaw Problems And Headaches

Teeth don’t always fit together properly, and when they don’t it can cause occlusal or bite problems. The list of symptoms which this can trigger is surprisingly long, and includes a stiff or tender jaw, pain or discomfort at the side of the face by the ears, clicking and popping of the jaw joints, pain behind the eyes, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain.

You may find that you clench or grind your teeth, although most people who do aren’t aware of it. Sometimes this can be caused by anxiety, or you may do it when concentrating on a task. It can also happen when you are asleep and you wake up with a stiff jaw or tenderness when you bite.

 W Dental are experienced in treating a variety of bite-related problems. Our state-of-the-art T-scanner enables us to precisely analyse your bite. This enables us to quickly and simply identify the origin of headaches or pain and recommend a suitable course of treatment.

 If you would like to find out more about how we can help please call us on 0118 944 9444.