Tea, coffee, smoking and wine can stain your teeth and over time leave you with discoloured teeth. Teeth whitening uses a bleaching process to remove stains and discolouration of the teeth giving them a whiter appearance.
With lasting effects of up to ten years, teeth whitening is a great way to stay looking younger for longer.
We have two methods of teeth whitening:
Home-based Teeth Whitening
A method which uses custom-made, thin plastic guards which are designed to hold a teeth whitening gel to whiten your teeth at home. The teeth whitening process involves wearing the gel-filled trays for 4-6 hours for 3 to 14 sessions. They can both be worn at the same time or separately.
A method which consists of applying a hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth in the surgery for 45-60 minutes. The gel breaks down the stain molecules, giving a dramatically brighter result. Your dentist may combine home-based and surgery-based methods for longer-lasting results.
Teeth Whitening FAQS
Could I get whitening done more cheaply in a beauty salon or similar?
Yes, you could. However, we feel that someone who carries out this procedure should also be able to diagnose the cause of tooth discolouration. Once correctly diagnosed, appropriate advice and treatment can be offered. The dental profession is strictly regulated and patient safety is very important, which is why we use only quality whitening devices with proven results. Salon treatments and practitioners are not regulated to the same level so results are highly variable and the procedures may lead to further dental problems if underlying issues such as decay and gum disease are not addressed.
Could I just use a teeth whitening toothpaste?
No, the level of active whitening agent in toothpaste is very low and the paste does not remain in contact with your teeth for long enough to achieve a true whitening effect. Furthermore, some whitening toothpastes are very abrasive and may lead to dental problems.
What will happen to my fillings or crowns?
Fillings or crowns will not change colour during the teeth whitening process, so they may need to be replaced to match the lighter colour of your teeth after completion of the treatment.