Teeth Whitening 02/07/2016

5 Steps to a better smile

A bright white smile can make you appear younger and more attractive. Your smile is often the first thing a new person will notice when you meet. Therefore, making sure that your teeth are in the best possible condition has never been more important.

Looking after your teeth and gums can not only improve other people’s perception of you but can also improve your confidence and your overall health and wellbeing.

Oral hygiene

It is important to ensure that you have in place a good oral hygiene routine. There is no point spending money on improving the appearance of your teeth if you are not then able to look after them.

You should brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Whether you use a manual or an electric toothbrush does not matter. What is important is that you brush all of your teeth and gums. It is a good idea to follow a set routine when brushing your teeth to ensure that you do not miss areas.

Brushing alone will only clean 60% of your teeth’s surface, you also need to use interdental cleaning aids such as floss, tape, interdental brushes or floss picks to clean in between your teeth where brushing misses. Your dentist will be able to advise on the best interdental cleaning aids to meet your needs.

Tooth whitening

There are two main forms of tooth whitening, either at home or in surgery tooth whitening.

In Surgery tooth whitening

This treatment involves applying the whitening gel to your teeth and then activating it with a blue light to help speed up the whitening process. This process may be repeated 4 or 5 times in an appointment and you should see instant results. You would normally be advised to complete a course of at home tooth whitening afterwards for the best results.

At Home tooth whitening

The dentist will first take impressions of your teeth and these will be used to make custom whitening trays. You will be shown how to load the whitening gel into the trays in surgery but the rest of the treatment will be carried out in your own time in the comfort of your home. The trays will need to be worn for between 30 minutes and overnight, depending on the strength of the gel and how quickly you are looking to get results.

Tooth whitening is a non-invasive treatment and does not damage the natural teeth. Tooth whitening can help to improve your self-confidence and improve your appearance for a relatively small outlay.


The hygienist is able to remove plaque and calculus that builds up on teeth, helping to improve the appearance of your smile. This also helps to reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss which can all have a detrimental effect on your smile.

The hygienist is also able to advise you on the best oral hygiene routine, demonstrating proper brushing techniques and advising on the best interdental cleaning aids.

Aesthetic treatments

Botox and Dermal fillers are two of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. Botox is effective in treating lines around the eyes commonly known as crow’s feet and lines on the forehead. Dermal fillers help to plump up lines on the face such as those between the nose and the corner of the mouth.

By using a combination of the two treatments it is possible to help make your face look more youthful. Once started it is recommended that Botox injections are repeated every 3-4 months in the first year and every six months after that. For Dermal fillers treatment is required every 6-9 months.

Smile makeover

For those people who would like to completely rejuvenate their smile, a smile makeover may be the treatment for you. The dentist will complete a detailed assessment of your mouth and will come up with a treatment plan. This may involve replacing old restorations with new crowns, implants, bridges, veneers, tooth whitening and aesthetic treatments to help younger and brighter smile.

Call today on 01702 557766 to book your appointment at Benfleet Dental Centre and let our highly trained team of dentists create your perfect smile.

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Benfleet Dental Centre

8 Benfleet Road, Benfleet. SS7 1QB

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