What is Tooth Whitening?
Tooth Whitening consists of a low percentage peroxide gel (6%) that is directly added to the outer surfaces of both upper and lower teeth to ‘bleach’ the teeth and give you a brighter, whiter smile.
How does the treatment take place?
You will firstly need an assessment with the Dentist to chat through the procedure and assess your suitability for the treatment. You will then be given a breakdown of costs. The next step is to have impressions taken in the mouth of both your upper and lower teeth using a soft dental putty. These impressions are then sent to a laboratory who will make you bespoke whitening trays (similar to a gum shield you would wear for sport). These trays are exactly moulded to your teeth and will be able to be used over and over again. This whole process takes roughly 10-14 working days.
Once your trays are ready you will need to return to the practice to collect them. At this appointment the Dentist will make sure your trays fit perfectly and are comfortable, then you will be given detailed instructions on how to use the trays along with a full 2 week course of the peroxide whitening gel. The whitening treatment is then done at home for one hour per day for roughly two weeks.
Will Tooth Whitening work for me?
There are different reasons that your teeth may become stained or discoloured including; a diet high in ‘staining’ foods and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and curry. Lifestyle choices such as smoking, certain medications, poor oral hygiene and not maintaining regular dental hygienist appointments can all effect the colour of your teeth.
Before any whitening treatment will be prescribed we will always recommend an appointment with one of our Dental Hygienists. At the appointment she will remove all superficial staining, plaque and tartar and discuss any possible diet and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the discolouration of your teeth. You will also be given thorough advice on how to improve your daily at home oral hygiene to help prevent staining build up in the future. This removal of plaque and tartar will also help ensure more successful whitening results.
Is Whitening treatment safe for my teeth and gums?
Yes! Whitening treatment is perfectly safe providing you have been prescribed the treatment by a registered Dentist, and that you follow the guidelines and instructions given to you by your Dentist or Dental Nurse.