Over time, your teeth will inevitably tend to age and become stained. While smoking, coffee, tea and red wine are some of the biggest culprits, they’re not the only ones. Many foods can also stain and, since teeth are porous, these become impossible to lift with brushing alone.
Teeth whitening works by using a special oxidising gel, which dissolves into tiny molecules. These can penetrate the pores on the teeth, eradicating strains and brightening the enamel.
At Neo-Derm, we don’t use peroxide and our treatment - unlike some places, which use LED lighting - is carried out with a laser, ensuring greater efficacy and teeth that are 7-9 shades lighter. All dentistry is carried out with the utmost safety by a GDC-registered dentist.
Over time, even with good teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar can attach to the teeth similar to lime build-up in a kettle or iron. The saliva fluids in our mouths contain calcium and bacteria. The bacteria part that sticks to the teeth is the plaque and the calcium deposit combined with the bacteria is the tartar. When plaque builds up on the teeth, it causes bacterial growth on the teeth and gums that can cause decay and gum disease. Scaling is the dental treatment used to remove the plaque and tartar, and polishing is the treatment to smooth and shine the teeth so that calcium and bacteria cannot as easily attach to the tooth surface.
All of us at some point need to have our teeth scaled of plaque and tartar build-up, and then polished to reduce the rate of further deposits. As part of good oral hygiene standards, it is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and to check up on your overall oral health.