Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is 'whitened' to a lighter shade.
Thinking of whitening your teeth to brighten your smile? Here is some information to help you make an informed decision.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades. We offer Home whitening, where you whiten the teeth at home with custom made bleaching tray and gel.
Who can perform teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.
What happens during teeth whitening at the dentist?
First the dentist will need to check all your teeth and gums are healthy before carrying out whitening.
For home whitening, you will need to have impressions taken of both top and bottom teeth to make your custom fit bleaching trays. You will be given another appointment in 2 weeks to fit the trays and give you the whitening gel. The dentist will demonstrate correct use and give written instructions. Photographs will be taken and review appointment booked. You will then carry out home whitening using your trays and gel for a period of 2-4 weeks.
Can any dentist whiten teeth?
Yes, all registered dentists can provide tooth whitening.
There have been many cases where whitening has been carried out by an unqualified person and this has left patient with severe problems that needed further treatment.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. The effect can last up to six months to one year. If in the future you need to have your teeth whitened again you do not need to pay the full price again. You can come to the surgery and buy a top of syringe and use your existing trays, hence maintenance of teeth whitening is not expensive.
Will teeth whitening work on false teeth?
No. Teeth whitening won't work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.
What are the risks of teeth whitening?
There is risk of teeth sensitivity and gum irritation if the whitening is done incorrectly.
We will spend enough time to inform you as to how to carry out whitening to ensure that the risk of sensitivity or gum irritation is minimal.