Teeth Whitening

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure designed to brighten and rejuvenate your smile. It involves the use of safe and effective bleaching agents to reduce or eliminate stains and discoloration on the tooth enamel, resulting in a whiter and more attractive appearance. Teeth whitening can provide a quick and noticeable improvement in the colour of your teeth, boosting your self-confidence and leaving you with a more radiant smile.

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Understand more about Teeth Whitening

The natural colour of our teeth varies greatly from person to person. In addition, our lifestyle can also have an impact and items such as tea, coffee and red wine are all known to cause staining when consumed on a regular basis, as is smoking tobacco.

Whether you are simply unhappy with the colour of your teeth, or wish to get them looking great for those special occasions such as, holidays, job interviews, weddings, important meetings or just because you want to look great, professional teeth whitening is a great investment and is also a far safer option than DIY teeth whitening kits.

Teeth Whitening Trays – £179.00

The option to choose from four of the leading Teeth Whitening Gels – Zoom – Advanced – White Dental Beauty – Enlighten from £39.95 to £175.00

The comparison of teeth before Air Flow Stain Removal and after
Composite Bonding with a smiling lady with white teeth

Are you eligible for Teeth Whitening?

To be eligible for teeth whitening, you must be 18 years or older. Your dentist will assess the health of your teeth and gums during your initial consultation to determine your suitability for the procedure. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is advisable to postpone teeth whitening. It’s important to note that teeth whitening does not change the color of crowns, veneers, bridges, fillings or dentures.

To find out if you are a candidate for whitening treatment, a consultation is necessary. If you are eligible, your dentist will discuss the most suitable whitening option for your needs and provide information about associated costs.

For individuals who are not suitable for treatment, alternative options like composite bonding, veneers, or crowns may be considered for teeth that are severely discoloured or damaged. Your dentist will explain these alternatives during your consultation.

Teeth Whitening FAQ'S

Yes, whitening is safe if it’s done properly. It’s illegal for anyone else other than registered dental professionals to carry out whitening procedures. A dental professional includes dentists, dental hygienists, therapists and technicians – who are registered with the General Dental Council.

Whitening treatments are typically painless, but it’s not unusual to encounter mild sensitivity during or following the initial procedure. This sensitivity often settles within a couple of days. If it persists, it’s advisable to contact your dentist for additional guidance. Your dentist can suggest appropriate toothpaste and other products to alleviate any sensitivity you may experience. Professional-grade whitening products, administered by dentists, often contain built-in anti-sensitivity ingredients in their gels to avoid this issue.

At-home teeth whitening kits take around two to three weeks to take effect.

Lots of people can have teeth whitening treatment, but some people may not be suitable if they have gum disease or other dental health problems such as tooth decay.

You’ll need to have consultation with your dentist before having treatment, to assess the suitability of your teeth.

No, whitening only works on natural teeth. Restorations such as fillings, crowns and dentures can’t be whitened.

Yes, teeth whitening works if carried out by a trained dental professional. Whitening uses a peroxide-based gel to lighten the teeth. When these chemicals break down, they release oxygen. This gets into the hard, outer surface of your teeth (the enamel) and whitens them.

Shop bought whitening treatments should only contain 0.1% of hydrogen peroxide. It’s illegal to sell any kits with a higher level than this in the UK.

These low levels of peroxide don’t achieve stable results in the way professional whitening does. Whitening treatments carried out by a dentist can contain up to 6% of hydrogen peroxide, which must be dispensed by a trained dental professional and your suitability will need to be evaluated first. 

Some over-the-counter kits are abrasive and work by wearing the enamel away. Your teeth may initially appear whiter but can cause long-term tooth surface loss.

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