Let’s talk teeth whitening – what exactly is it, is it bad for our teeth and what’s the difference between going to a dentist as opposed to a beauty salon for the treatment?

What exactly is teeth whitening?
When asked -“what would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response from people was whiter & brighter teeth – this is where teeth whitening comes in.
Teeth whitening is the process of brightening the colour of your natural teeth, removing stains and discoloration.




Above patient Brian (33 years) was unhappy with the shape and colour of his teeth. After discussing various options including Orthodontics, we decided to do a course of tooth whitening followed by cosmetic bonding of his front teeth to change their shape.

Treatment: Tooth Whitening followed by Cosmetic Tooth Bonding.

Duration of treatment:  Slow-release whitening followed by one visit in the chair for Cosmetic Bonding.

What happens during the treatment process?
The process is relatively simple, involving just a few steps. Firstly, your teeth and gums are checked to ensure that you are dentally fit and a good candidate for whitening. Then impressions are taken, and a custom-made tray that fits exactly to your mouth will be fabricated. Once the trays fit properly, you will be showed how to use the whitening gel, which is placed in the tray and worn through the night as you sleep. The trays are extremely thin and comfortable to wear, people rarely have any problems sleeping with them.

Is everybody suitable?
Most people are suitable candidates for whitening. However, if you have existing crowns/veneers/fillings on your front teeth- due to the material are unable to whiten.

How long do the teeth whitening effects last?
Teeth whitening results are long-term, but not permanent. People who smoke, or expose their teeth to foods and drinks that cause staining will see the whiteness fade more quickly than those who don’t. Once your whitening trays are made, they can be reused, and it is a simple and inexpensive process to “top-up” from time to time. We recommend topping-up one night every second month to maintain optimum whiteness.

How “white” will my teeth go?
This depends on a number of factors and results will vary between patients. Our system will get your teeth to as white as they will naturally go. Check through our smiles gallery to see some of our patient’s results.

How soon will I see results?
You will see results within a few days – just in time for Christmas!

Is it going to damage my teeth for the future?
Absolutely not- studies of teeth whitening products using Carbamide peroxide showed little to no effect on the hardness or mineral content of a tooth’s enamel surface- this is the

Are there any side effects?
Between 10-20% of people who whiten their teeth experience sensitivity, either during the night when whitening, or the following day. This sensitivity is transient, and normally goes away within 24 hours. Using sensitive toothpastes, or special desensitising gels available from Portobello Dental Clinic will normally alleviate the sensitivity.

It’s cheaper in a Beauty Salon – I’ll just go there…
It’s cheaper for a reason- beauticians cannot check your teeth for decay/defective restorations, they will not be able to diagnose gingivitis nor periodontal disease. They are also unqualified to administer and monitor teeth whitening products.
Dentists are bound by codes of practices including cross infection control measures that are often not in place in such commercial whitening businesses.
The only saving grace is the commercial whitening clinics/beauty salons cannot get access to the same professional strength teeth whitening systems as the dentists (obviously the dental companies only issue their high strength product to Irish & UK registered Dentists). So there is an element of damage limitation, in so far as, the product doesn’t actually work particularly well. The percentages of hydrogen peroxide that commercial whitening businesses/beauty salons can get access to is so low that there is no chance of these whitening products actually working to the same degree as dentist delivered teeth whitening.

It’s been said time and time again- but sometimes spending slightly more now will save you in the long run.

So do you fancy a white Christmas…?   
Contact us directly on T: 01 4542022 or see here for our half price Teeth Whitening offer !

If you are already a regular patient at Portobello Dental Clinic then you may have seen something about one of the treatments offered in our dental surgery, and which almost seems too good to be true. CEREC restorations in Dublin can be used to replace areas of decay in teeth instead of having a filling, inlay or onlay. They can even be used to fabricate crowns, and treatment can be completed in just one visit.

CEREC Restorations DublinPrecision Designed for a Precision Fit

We are one of the few clinics in Ireland to have a CEREC machine on site. CEREC is a milling machine that uses CAD/CAM technology to precision-make your restoration. The advantage of having your restoration milled from a single block of porcelain is that the resulting crown or inlay will be much stronger than if it were constructed using traditional techniques in a dental laboratory, and of course you will not need to wait weeks with a temporary crown or filling.

No Need for Messy Impressions

Your tooth is prepared in the conventional way, but from then on the process is quite different. If you struggle with a strong gag reflex that makes conventional impression taking tricky, then you will really appreciate having CEREC in Dublin. This is because our dentist in Dublin will not need to take an impression. Instead a camera is used to scan the preparation, and this information creates a 3D digital image of your tooth. Your dentist will then use this image to design your new crown or filling right before your eyes.

Once they are happy with the design, the information is sent to the milling machine so it can begin to make your crown or filling. This is done using a single block of porcelain that will have been pre-selected by your dentist. We carry a large selection of different porcelain blocks in varying shades and translucencies, ensuring your finished crown or inlay will blend in beautifully with the rest of your natural teeth. The actual milling process is pretty quick, after which your crown or filling will be checked and finished, before it is tried in by your dentist. They will make sure the fit is perfect before it is permanently bonded onto your tooth.

It is easy to see the advantages of choosing CEREC in Dublin, as you can leave Portobello Dental Clinic with your new crown firmly cemented in position, with no need to worry about finding the time for another appointment for fitting. It can also be the perfect solution if you happen to break a crown before a big event. Even though our temporary crowns will look reasonable, they will not look as beautiful as your new CEREC crown.

CEREC in Dublin will be a great choice for many types of restorations, but it might not be ideal in all cases. For example if you intend to have an extensive smile makeover then you could still benefit from having it made the old-fashioned way, even if it takes a bit longer. We will always be honest with you if we think this is the case.

Dental veneers in Dublin are a popular way to help perfect a smile. They are a very versatile cosmetic dental treatment that is relatively non-invasive, and which can be used to modify teeth in a number of different ways. A dental veneer consists of a very thin piece of porcelain that is made to fit precisely over the front of your tooth, and quite often the biting edge of the tooth. It is typically just 0.5mm thick, but in spite of this it is reasonably strong once cemented into position.

Dental veneers Dublin They are worth considering if you have one or two teeth that are slightly out of alignment, or if you have gaps in between one or more of your teeth. Quite a lot of people have a gap in between their front teeth, something that is called a diastema. While some like the character it provides, others would prefer to have it closed up completely if possible, or at least minimised. If the gap is particularly large then it might not be possible to close it up completely without leaving you with two front teeth that look too wide.

If it really bothers you, your dentist in Dublin might recommend an alternative solution such as orthodontics to help close it at least slightly. Once you have completed orthodontic treatment then you might find you still need veneers, but they can be more correctly proportioned to compliment your smile.

Dental veneers in Dublin are also a good way to cover up teeth that might be discoloured or stained, or just a less than an ideal shape or size. They are great for helping to replace areas of teeth that may have become worn down, or which have chipped.

Getting Your New Dental Veneers in Dublin

The first step in getting dental veneers in Dublin is to book an appointment with one of our dentists in Portobello Dental Clinic. They will assess your smile, and can help you decide whether or not dental veneers are the right choice for you. They will only recommend you have veneers if they firmly believe they will give good results, and will help to remedy any issues you have with your smile.

The next step will be to prepare the teeth. A minimal amount of tooth material will almost certainly need to be removed from the front surfaces of the teeth. This is necessary, as even though the veneers are incredibly thin, they would look too bulky and artificial if they were simply cemented onto the front of teeth that had not been prepared. Once your dentist is happy with the preparation, they will take an impression of your teeth to send to the dental lab. This is cast up in dental plaster to provide a detailed working model of your teeth, and is used for fabrication.

It can take a couple of weeks for your veneers to be made as the process is quite involved and intricate. Once they are ready you can return to Portobello Dental Clinic to have them tried in and bonded onto your teeth. You’ll need to take care of your veneers with regular check-ups, and good dental care at home, as this will help to prolong their life.