Tooth Whitening

What does the procedure involve?

The active ingredient in the product is normally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, this is administered either directly by the dentist (in–chair whitening) or by the patient themselves (at–home whitening). As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.To obtain the maximum results we recommend a combination of both over a course of treatments.

How long does the procedure take?

Initially, your dentist will need to take impressions at the first appointment. At the next visit, a customized tray will then be fitted, including instructions on how to wear them. A  satisfactory result can usually be obtained in as little as one week

When might whitening not work?

Whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour – for a change to a specific chosen shade veneering is another option. Whitening also only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any type of ‘false’ teeth. This includes dentures, crowns and veneers.

What does tooth whitening involve?

Tooth Whitening can be a highly effective yet very simple method of lightening the colour of teeth, which does not need the removal of any tooth structure.

Most teeth are pearly white?

No. Most teeth have a yellowish tinge, some are more beige- very few are actually ‘white’. Teeth also darken with age and can become stained on the surface through daily exposure to foods and drinks such as tea, coffee and blackcurrant. Some people may have internal staining which can be caused by certain antibiotics or minute cracks in the teeth, which take up stains.

What to do while wearing them?

It is very important to follow the instructions issued by your dentist and to ensure that you attend any follow-up appointments recommended. It is important to avoid certain food items such as red wine, coffee and smoking. Please ask your dentist if you are not sure.

Will I be happy with the results?

Treatment results may vary depending on the original shade of the teeth. Teeth will tend to darken slightly overtime. The effect lasts for around one to two years, although sometimes it can last longer. Some people find that their teeth are sensitive for the first few days after treatment, but this wears off after just a short while. Your dentist can provide gels which will reduce this quickly if necessary.

Tray whitening