What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the quickest, easiest, and the most cost-effective way of brightening up your smile by lightening the natural colour of your teeth.
If you’d like more information on teeth whitening, or to find out if this may be suitable for you, then please get in touch via the contact form, or speak to a member of our dental team who will be pleased to help you.
Why have teeth whitening?
Teeth can lose their natural whiteness for a number of reasons including diet, ageing, certain medications, smoking and trauma. Most of these changes can be reversed with a simple teeth whitening treatment.
Safety studies have shown that whitening teeth using the dentist prescribed home whitening technique is perfectly safe on the teeth, cheeks, gum and soft tissues of the mouth.
Teeth whitening will only work on natural teeth and will not be effective on restorations such as crowns, veneers or dentures. However, these can be replaced to match newly whitened teeth.
What does treatment involve?
- During an initial consultation, the cause and nature of the tooth discolouration is investigated, and the dentist will provide more information on the whitening procedure.
- Impressions of the teeth are taken in order to custom-make the whitening trays. You then wear these trays daily with a bleaching gel for a specified length of time.
- You will have follow-up appointments to make sure you are happy with your teeth.
Looking after your whitened teeth
You can help maintain the whiteness of your teeth by avoiding food and drink that may cause staining, as well as brushing your teeth at least twice a day.
Teeth whitening does not provide permanent results, but home whitening trays can be reused if a top-up is necessary.