Why choose teeth whitening?
- Your teeth will naturally darken with age.
- Many things can stain your teeth e.g. smoking, coffee and black tea.
- The procedure is entirely safe for you, your teeth, and your gums.
- Whitening toothpastes don’t contain the same ingredients that our procedures use – so they can’t restore the natural colour of your teeth.
How does teeth whitening work?
After your dentist has carried out an examination, the first thing we do is create a mould of your teeth, so that a well-made custom tray fits comfortably in your mouth. A harmless bleaching agent is added by you to the custom tray to whiten your teeth. By wearing this custom tray a few hours a day or overnight for up to three weeks, you can brighten your teeth and smile with confidence.
Will teeth whitening hurt?
It’s unlikely that you’ll 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 treatment, but when the bleaching is stopped, the teeth soon recover to normal. We use Philips Zoom! which has a desensitising ingredient called ACP to help reduce sensitivity significantly and provide additional comfort. This formula also delivers enamel protection, as well as improving lustre and shine.
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. Dental Therapists and Dental Hygienists working with a dentist can also provide teeth whitening. This is simply a cosmetic treatment. If there are any concerns then the practice will be available to provide further advice.
Can I afford teeth whitening?
We believe everyone should be able to afford the benefits of teeth whitening. That’s why we offer a range of competitive prices.
How can I make teeth whitening last longer?
Teeth whitening treatments can provide great results. The whitening effect won’t last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth. Good teeth brushing twice a day will help reduce the build-up of stains. However, you might also want to use whitening toothpaste to help maintain the effect. Our dentists and dental hygienists can also remove stains and help you keep your new bright smile.
When might teeth whitening not be suitable?
Prior to having your teeth whitening, your dentist will complete a thorough examination and determine whether teeth whitening is a suitable treatment option. Anyone with a healthy mouth could benefit from teeth whitening. However, there are some circumstances where it should be avoided:
The Regulations and EU Directive specifically state the product must not be used on patients aged under 18.
If you have gum disease or other dental problems, your dentist may decide that teeth whitening will not be suitable until these have been successfully treated.
Whitening will only work on natural teeth; false teeth, crowns, bridges, fillings and veneers will be unresponsive to the process. Sometimes these can be changed after treatment to match your new brighter smile.
If you have de-calcifications (white spots) on your teeth, these might actually become more noticeable after whitening. It’s important that during the pre-treatment consultation you understand the need and cost for additional treatment to replace crowns, veneers and fillings.
Teeth whitening is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding
Certain health problems may mean that teeth whitening is not suitable
Teeth whitening is also not recommended to those who suffer with severe sensitivity or those who suffer from allergies to hydrogen peroxide.
If you have intrinsic staining (tetracycline), teeth whitening may not be suitable.