One of the fastest, easiest and safest ways to boost the brilliance of your smile is to have your teeth professionally whitened by an experienced professional.
In as little as 2 visits to our practice you could have noticeably whiter and brighter teeth in very little time. We use a proven home whitening treatment which starts with us taking impressions of your teeth to create your own custom-made trays. We will then provide you with your whitening product and full instructions on how to get the very best results.
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Teeth Whitening will require 2 visits to your dentist. The first appointment is to take the impressions of your teeth and the second is to supply you with your trays and whitening product. You will then commence the whitening treatment at home. This will mean applying the paste regularly everyday for 1-2 weeks ranging from 2 hours per day to overnight.
Everyone is different, and just as our hair and skin colour varies, so do our teeth. Some teeth have a yellowish tinge, some are more beige but very few are actually ‘white’. Teeth also yellow with age, can become stained by food and drinks such as tea, coffee and blackcurrants. Calculus (tartar) can also affect the colour of the teeth. Most stains appear on the surface of your teeth whilst some people may have staining inside their teeth. This can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth, which take up the stain.
Treatment results vary depending on the original shade of your teeth. Usually, the effect lasts for around 12-18 months, although it can last longer. Some people find that their teeth are slightly sensitive for the first few days after treatment, but this is normal and soon wears off.
Over-the-counter kits are not recommended as they contain only a small amount of hydrogen peroxide which makes the product less effective. Some also contain mild acids, while others are abrasive. Although these products are cheaper, whitening is a complicated treatment procedure and should only be carried out by a dentist after a thorough examination and assessment of your teeth. It is very important to follow the instructions your dentist gives you, and to make sure that you go for any follow-up appointments recommended.
Whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. To change the colour to a specific chosen shade, veneering may be a better alternative. Whitening also only works on natural teeth and not on any type of ‘false’ teeth. This includes dentures, crowns and veneers. If dentures are stained or discoloured, it may be worth visiting the dentist and asking him or her to clean them. Stained fillings, veneers, crowns and dentures may need replacing. Ask your dentist which options are best for you.
There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy over the counter. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened.