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Why you don’t want to look like Rylan!

I am often asked about Tooth Whitening (bleaching) and whether it’s safe to have done. My answer is always “we have decades of research from the USA which has consistently shown that there is no damage to the tooth structure or soft tissues of the mouth or throat”. HOWEVER outside of Dental practices there is very little regulation or accountability to the materials or how people are trained. In fact, it’s illegal to whiten someone’s teeth unless you are registered with the General Dental Council.

Where people go wrong with Whitening is that they want pure white teeth. That’s fine if you are 18 but not so great as you get older. Super white teeth on the over 45’s often look like dentures! What you are really aiming for is brighter teeth that still look amazing but natural. Before whitening can be done you must get your teeth checked and have X-rays taken to make sure the gels won’t damage your teeth. Also be aware that white fillings and crowns/veneers won’t change colour with bleaching.

There are 2 types of stains or tooth discolouration, inside the tooth and on the outside of the tooth.

Outside staining maybe that there is some scale (calculus) built up, smoking or tea/coffee stains and even some mouthwashes can stain your teeth (chlorhexidine).

These are the easiest to remove and often a visit to our Hygienist with our amazing EMS Airflow machine will have you looking stain free and brighter.

Inside staining often occurs as teeth get older and the stains get in-between the tiny crystals that make up tooth enamel or that the enamel gets thinner showing more of the yellow inside of the tooth. Only whitening treatments will change the colour if the staining is inside.

Our in office/surgery Whitening is called BlancOne, we chose it as it gives virtually no sensitivity, unlike other makes. It uses Carbamide peroxide in a gel form which produces oxygen bubbles that penetrate the tooth and pop out all the stains. We also use a Blue light to accelerate the whitening effect. There are 2 types a 10 minute treatment (20 minute appointment) which will get teeth 4-5 shades lighter that costs £99 and three 8 minutes treatments (60 minutes appointment) than can get teeth up to 7 shades lighter that costs £250.

So, if you are looking for a brighter smile that’s a bit like Ryland, in surgery whitening may be your answer.

P.S Rylan’s teeth are Veneers’


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There’s More to Private Dentistry Than Smile Makeovers & Dental Implants

I think the words ‘private dentistry’ conjures up in peoples minds huge amounts of money.

Of course, this can be true especially in the realms of makeover cosmetic and implant dentistry.

However for routine care it can cost as little as 59 pence a day with one of our practice dental plans. They include checkups, hygienist appointments, X-rays and emergency appointments.
That’s cheaper than a bag of crisps a day for great routine dental care.

However, if people are looking for cosmetic work, even small changes can give great results.

The Dental Barn in Hailsham, East Sussex offers tooth whitening treatments to brighten your smile.Changing a little front filling from brown and discoloured to a colour that matches your teeth beautifully. Did you realize we have lots of different filling shades, so we can accurately achieve a match, that way the filling virtually disappears. Some old metal fillings can be replaced by white fillings too giving a great result.

Cosmetic whitening is another way to achieve a brighter smile, that won’t break the bank. One of the things to consider is the shade you want to achieve, 18 year old white teeth often don’t look good in 50+ year old faces! But we take care to achieve the best result that’s good for you.

A lady who we whitened recently said

I wanted white teeth, but after Ali’s good advice, we monitored the shade until it was exactly right for me. I’ve had so many compliments that I look really good, but no one can work out why. Even my old dad kept asking me if I’d changed my hair!

Another forgotten about cosmetic treatment is a clean by the hygienist.

The Dental Barn in Hailsham, East Sussex offer dental plans that include regular hygienist appointments to keep your mouth clean and healthy. At the practice, because we are owned by a hygienist, we really focus on helping patients to keep their mouths clean and healthy. Our hygienists keep you out of the dentists’ chair as much as possible and it’s something that they’re very good at. Recently a lovely lady who hasn’t had any dentist treatment, only checkups, for a few years said

I can’t believe I’ve escaped another checkup without anything done. I wished someone had shown me how to clean my teeth properly years ago! Going to the Hygienist regularly is keeping things so clean.

Regular hygienist appointments can help keep stains away and breath fresh.

Did you know that you can come to see our hygienists at the practice under something called Direct access. This means that you can book in with the hygienist without seeing our dentists for a one off or regular cleans.

All these small cosmetic changes could work for you too, it’s never too late to start looking after your teeth and gums and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

To book an appointment with a hygienist, please call us on 01323 325397.  


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Bonding: A Reason to Smile

Bonding is one of the simplest dental procedures and also one of the most popular solutions to many cosmetic dental problems. Our dentists use a pliable plastic tooth-coloured composite resin mixed to the same colour at your tooth and ten shape to match the contours of your teeth. Tooth bonding is quick, painless, permanent and relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure.

Tooth bonding can be used to:

– Repair chips

– Fill in small gaps

– Cover cracks

Call the Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex for further information on 01323 325397 or to make an appointment with one of our cosmetic dentists.


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Will dental veneers increase tooth sensitivity?

Dental Veneers are a wonderful way to improve your smile by covering up imperfections in teeth. Some patients do experience temporary sensitivity.

– Temporary teeth sensitivity is normal but you should go back to the dentist if symptoms persist.

– Dental veneers can be used to treat sensitivity for people with already damaged enamels.

– Unfortunately, not everyone qualifies for dental veneers and the dentist must run some tests.

Call the Dental Barn in Hailsham East Sussex on 01323 325397  for further information or to make an appointment with one of our dentists or dental hygienists.