Do you have stained or discoloured teeth that make you self-conscious about smiling? Teeth whitening is a simple way to enhance the appearance of your smile. Most people's teeth discolour with age and certain foods and drinks, smoking and some medications can cause staining. Whitening is a safe process that will lighten the colour of your teeth by using a dental bleaching agent in the form of a gel.
We custom-make lightweight plastic trays for you that fit snugly over your teeth. You then place whitening gel inside the trays and either wear them at night, or for a few hours during the day depending on your preference.Results are normally seen over 1-2 weeks. The results vary from person to person and your dentist will be able to give you an idea of the likely results during your consultation.
After your course of treatment is complete, the results are likely to last between 12-24 months.As long as you keep the trays safe, you can 'top up' the effects by buying the gel and using it for 2-3 days to refresh the colour.
Some patients are not suitable for tooth whitening and your dentist will assess your suitability during your consultation.
Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It gently and safely removes stains and lightens discolouration.
Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make mouth trays. You'll be supplied with full instructions on how to use the product correctly and safely. You then place the gel in the mouth trays at home and wear them for at least 2 hours (most patients wear them overnight). Your teeth will lighten in an average of 2 weeks.
Teeth whitening lasts anywhere from a few months to 2-3 years. If you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee the effects won’t last as long. It is safe to bleach your teeth again once checked by a dentist.
There are many reasons people choose to whiten their teeth:
A boost to your confidence and self-esteem that comes from a beautiful white smile
A younger appearance
A special occasion such as a wedding or reunion
To make a positive first impression on others
Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on a prescription of a dentist.
Some beauty salons/hairdressers offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal and if there is no dental professional present, it may put your oral health at risk. You can also buy DIY kits, but these may contain chemicals harmful to your teeth.
Teeth whitening will not bleach dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers or fillings.