Teeth Whitening & Grinding

Tooth whitening treatment

As one of Edinburgh's oldest and most experienced teeth whitening clinics, we have helped thousands of happy patients to restore their discoloured teeth to a natural whiteness.
 
As you age your teeth natural become darker due to changes in the mineral structure of the tooth enamel. In addition teeth can become stained by bacterial pigments, foods, drinks and tobacco.
 
Tooth whitening is a dental procedure which under UK law can only be performed on persons over 18 and must be supervised by a dental professional for the following reasons:
  1. Tooth decay, fillings and tartar build-up can also contribute to discolouration. These can only be accessed by a dentist and need to be corrected before any whitening procedure.
  2. Open dentinal tubules will cause severe pain during a whitening procedure - so anyone with "sensitive teeth" should be examined by a dentist who can correct these before a whitening treatment.

Tooth whitening options

At consultation you will be seen by a dental surgeon who will ensure your teeth are dentally fit and discuss your options and expectations. Whilst everyone is unique - a rough guide is:
  • Older patients with mild to severe tooth discolouration are likely to be recommended customised tooth whitening trays to achieve the best results.
  • Younger patients with little to mild tooth discolouration who want their teeth as white as possible might be recommended disposable whitening trays.

Below are examples achievable with tray whitening.

Tray teeth whitening before and after

Laser teeth whitening before and after

Tray whitening options

Whitening trays are excellent for all patients, but particularly for those with fillings or porcelain veneers which will not change colour with the whitening procedure. The trays allow you to gradually whiten your teeth until they match the colour of your veneers, crowns or fillings. In this way you will achieve a beautiful uniform white smile. 
 
Our customised whitening trays will fit snugly against your teeth ensuring the best contact between your tooth enamel and the whitening gel to achieve the fastest and most comfortable results. These trays can be combined with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gels, so they can either be worn for short periods during the day or long periods over night. As these are handmade trays they cost more than disposable trays.
 
Our disposable whitening kits are suitable for lifting mild staining. The one size fits all trays make it easy for you to use. The kits contain 10 trays and each tray only needs to be worn for 30 minutes, so you can whiten your teeth whilst driving or commuting or watching TV - so no down time! The trays are designed to be used over a 2 week period.
 
Our dental surgeon will demonstrate to you how to use you tray system safely and effectively before you start your treatment.
 

 

Bruxism treatment using Botox

If you suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding) you’ll know that it’s not just annoying for you and those around you, it’s also painful and can damage both your teeth and any dental work you’ve had done.
 
Traditionally treatments included protective night guards – hardly a glamorous or romantic solution for those in relationships, but potentially less likely to disturb your partner’s sleep.
 
Botox injections can be used to stop the cause of bruxism by relaxing the over active jaw muscles, thereby taking pressure off the jaw joint. This stops joint pain and prevents further damage to your teeth. Treatment results typically last between 4-6 months – and, better still, you can kiss that cumbersome night guard goodbye. 

What causes bruxism?

Bruxism is the unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth that mostly takes place while you are asleep. Often suffers only find out they are affected by bruxism when a sleep deprived partner, woken once too often by the grinding sounds, points it out to them.
 
It affects about 1 in 4 adults in the UK, with symptoms that can include an aching jaw, headaches, gum problems and the danger of tooth enamel being eroded.
 
The pressure on the teeth during grinding can be 20 times greater than the force used in normal chewing and biting. As a result, the incisors can end up shorter with sharp edges and tiny chip marks, and the canines can be covered in notches. Teeth can also work loose and fillings be gouged out.
 
A full explanation for why we grind our teeth is yet to be established, but it is believed that stress and anxiety can play a part.

Is bruxism a permanent condition?

For most patients, bruxism is either temporary (due to stress) or is a habit that can be broken. A Botox treatment, or series of treatments, for bruxism helps you to break the pattern or gives you enough time to get through the stressful period.
 
A treatment plan lasting around 12 months (typically between two and three courses of injections) can help you to resolve the problem. Please note that this can partly depend upon your lifestyle, if stress is ongoing or re-emerges, then you may require a longer treatment plan.

Key facts about our Bruxism treatment

  • You must have a 30 minute consultation with a dental surgeon prior to a treatment.
  • This treatment is not suitable for all jaw pain sufferers, but that can only be determined at consultation.
  • Treatment times are typically 30 minutes.
  • It takes 10-14 days after injection for results to work.
  • A complimentary review is provided between 14-21 days where any treatment adjustment can be done.

 

Testimonials

Pat talks about her experience in having Botox treatments for Bruxism.

Pat at 62

Pat has dermal filler treatments to add volume to her lips and soften the lines around her mouth. Plus Botox to treat her bruxism and reduce muscle bulk on the jaw line.

 
 

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