Tooth Whitening

There are two procedures available to whiten your teeth.It is not suitable for everyone and your dentist is best placed to advise whether the treatment is right for you and the results you can expect.

In-Surgery Whitening

This option provides a more immediate result and is delivered in surgery under the care and supervision of your dentist or hygienist.

Treatment takes around 2 hours and requires the use of a UV light technique along with a whitening gel and PH booster.

The At-Home whitening is also included in the price of the surgery whitening. Moulds of your teeth will be taken during this appointment to make your whitening trays. This means you can top up your whitening at home and maintain your desired shade. Additional tubes of whitening gel can be purchased at the practice.

At-Home Whitening

Moulds of your teeth will be taken during this appointment to make your whitening trays. Once the tray is ready, your dentist will provide you with the whitening gel and important advice on how to use it. Your teeth may achieve the desired colour within a couple of days, but it may take up to three weeks.

 

Off-the-shelf home whitening kits are not advisable as the trays are not custom made to exactly fit. This can allow the bleaching gel to come into contact with your gums and may cause irritation. There have also been reports that the bleaching gels in such kits may not achieve the desired results.

Both teeth whitening treatments are only suitable for healthy teeth and gums, so your dentist or hygienist will thoroughly examine your mouth before treatment begins. You need to be aware that the gel does not whiten crowns, fillings and veneers.

In addition, the whitening effect is not usually permanent and overtime your teeth will gradually fade back to their original shade if you do not use the whitening trays and gel provided to keep the shade maintained.