How does teeth whitening work?
Your dentist or hygienist takes a mould of your teeth so a technician can prepare a gum shield or tray of exactly the right size and fit. Once the tray is ready, your dentist will provide you with the whitening gel and important advice on how to use it. A harmless bleaching agent is added to the mould to whiten your teeth. By wearing this mould a few hours a day for up to three weeks, you can brighten your teeth and smile with confidence. The active ingredient breaks down staining by chemical oxidation, the process can take some time; therefore it is important to finish your treatment as specified by your dentist.
In addition, the whitening effect is not usually permanent and over time, your teeth will gradually fade back to their original shade. However, the use of a top up treatment will usually whiten them up again.
Why choose teeth whitening?
- Your teeth will naturally darken with age.
- The procedure is entirely safe for you, your teeth and gums.
- Whitening toothpastes don’t contain the same ingredients that our procedures use - so they can’t restore the natural colour of your teeth.
- Teeth whitening will only whiten your teeth, if you already have crowns or fillings these will remain unchanged. Sometimes these can be changed after treatment and matched to your new brighter smile.
Will teeth whitening hurt?
It’s unlikely that you will experience any discomfort when having your teeth professionally whitened. Some people find their teeth and gums may become more sensitive during treatment, but using toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth will reduce or stop this. In rare cases teeth may be very sensitive during treatments, but when bleaching is stopped, the teeth soon recover to normal. Ensure you follow the advice given by your dentist.
Is teeth whitening safe?
When performed by a registered dentist, teeth whitening is a safe procedure and the bleaching agent used is safe for teeth and gums. The dentist will check first to see if it is suitable for you, this is simply a cosmetic treatment. Teeth whitening treatments are only suitable for healthy teeth and gums, so your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly examine your mouth before treatment begins. You need to be aware that the gel does not whiten crowns, fillings and veneers.
Can I afford teeth whitening?
We believe everyone should be able to enjoy and afford the benefits of teeth whitening. So we offer a range of competitive prices and flexible finance options.
How can I make teeth whitening last longer?
Teeth whitening treatments can provide great results for up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask your dental team for their opinion before you start the treatment. Good brushing twice a day will help reduce the build-up of stains. In addition we will also advise you on ongoing kits so you can continue to whiten your teeth after your initial supply of whitening gel is used.
Teeth Whitening is a treatment option to brighten teeth. It is not suitable for everyone. Your dentist is best placed to advise whether the treatment is right for you and the results you can expect.