Getting the Perfect B1 Shade

Have your teeth lost their lustre because of the dingy yellow or gray stains?

Stained teeth occur as we age. With each decade, our teeth can get up to one to two shades darker as the colour pigments inside the teeth become more prominent. Genetics play a role in the darkening of our teeth, too, and so are some types of food, drinks, and even mouthwashes.

Teeth WhiteningLike most of our patients, you probably want to have a whiter smile. In fact, you probably want to have “the whitest teeth possible”—around an A2 shade. That shade, unfortunately, can make your teeth look artificial. The best would be B1, which is generally considered the lightest naturally occurring shade.

So how can you get the perfect B1 tooth shade? Read on.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is obviously the easiest option to achieve the tooth shade you want. You can go for a professional in-office whitening treatment. You can also do it at home using mouth trays or strips.

At Northlight Dental, we use a home whitening method that involves a custom plastic mouth tray and a whitening gel. This method distributes the whitening paste evenly, unlike whitening strips that cannot reach near the gum line.

Dental Veneers

Getting dental veneers is an option, too, especially when your existing teeth are so dark that whitening may not work. If your not-so-pearly-whites are particularly heavily filled, dark, or broken down, this treatment may be the perfect solution to restore them.

Dental veneers are a thin layer that sits on the surface of your natural teeth. Because we place them over your natural tooth, you can have them in almost any shade you like. If you want a perfect B1 shade, it is possible with dental veneers.

The most effective whitening method will vary from person to person. Fortunately, here at Northlight Dental, we can guide you in making the right choice and help you determine what is best for your situation.

If you want to get your teeth the B1 shade, let us help you through our teeth whitening and dental veneer treatments. Book for a cosmetic consultation today.

Helping Nervous Patients Cope with Anxiety

The only thing worse than being nervous about something is when people dismiss those anxieties as unimportant. Nobody wants to feel the apprehension they do in certain situations, but those feelings aren’t going away just because other people tell them to. Our office has seen its fair share of nervous patients, and we talk to every single one of them before they even get on the chair.

Establishing Trust

nervous patientsIt is important for every dentist to understand that they are not there to simply ease a patient over their anxiety for this one appointment; they are easing the anxiety for all appointments. It is impractical to think that a nervous patient will not need to go back to the clinic after a single appointment. They will need to see a dentist again, and it is up to the present dentist to ensure that the patient is ready for when that time comes.

The one and only way to calm an anxious patient is to convince them that the office is a safe place, and that the dentist is someone they can trust. This is actually one of the more enjoyable parts of being a dentist as it is one of the few times we can talk to their patients without the latter having their mouths open. The topic of conversation could be anything; the longer the patient shares, the more trust builds.

Getting to the Root

The process does not end when the patient begins trusting the dentists though; there is still a reason behind the anxiety and the dentist needs to understand what that is. The mistake most dentists make is that they tell their patients such fears are unfounded because it is another form of dismissal. Dentists should talk about why the patient feels the way they do and offer them the assurance that they are completely safe.

If you are looking for a dental office that understands what it feels like to go through dental anxiety, contact us today. We will talk to you and help you get through your appointment at your own pace and at your own comfort level.

New Treatment Room Up and Running!

Welcome to our new blog page. We hope you will enjoy reading our monthly blogs which will keep you updated with news from the practice and also provide useful information regarding all things dental and oral health related.

As some of you may already be aware, we have recently been having some building work at the practice.  We are very pleased to let you all know that after a month of noise and mess, the project is fully complete and we now have a brand new, state of the art second surgery. The expansion has also allowed us to build a new large decontamination room and consultation area.

As part of our upgrade, new computers have been installed and have been updated with the latest dental and office software, as well as a new digital telephone system which gives us an additional phone line into the practice. What does this mean for you, our patients?


Having another surgery means that more surgery time is available. This allows us to offer you more appointment dates and times, including evenings and Saturdays, to help fit in with your busy schedule.

Sunil will be available every day of the week and you will be able to see all our specialist dentists more quickly. You can also have the convenience of having your hygienist and check-up appointments on the same day, as both Alison and Sunil will now be working some of their sessions at the same time.

Our new telephone system provides two telephone lines coming into the practice, this means you will always have your call answered straightaway.

Plus our website now allows you to book your appointments on-line. So whether we are open or closed you will still be able to book in, making life that little bit easier.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Our brand new state-of-the-art surgery!