What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is the removal of stains and discolorations from the enamel and dentine of the tooth. Enamel can be discoloured over time by age, coffee, tea, tobacco, and other foods and drinks. Whitening your teeth removes these stains and discolorations, giving you a whiter, brighter smile.
What does it involve?
You will need two appointments approximately two weeks apart. At the first appointment your dentist will assess you for the treatment and highlight any restorations that could need replacing, as these will not whiten like your natural teeth. If you wish to go ahead with treatment the dentist will then take dental impressions of your teeth which will be sent to our laboratory to have trays made specifically for you. Two weeks later you will return and one of our highly trained members of staff will issue you with your trays, whitening gels and show you how to use and care for the trays.
Does it hurt?
A relatively common side effect of tooth whitening is tooth sensitivity. If sensitivity does occur, it is usually temporary and will stop once you've completed the whitening process. The whitening products we use include desensitizing ingredients like potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and provide additional comfort.
How long does it last?
Generally, you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to 10 years. Many external factors such as diet, certain habits (like smoking), and age may affect the length of your whitening results. You can touch-up your white smile as and when you feel necessary as touch-up treatments are quick, easy and relatively cheap.
Will it whiten all of my teeth?
Whitening will only work on natural tooth surfaces. If you have existing crowns or fillings these will not react to whitening products. You should talk to your dentist about replacing any visible crowns, veneers or fillings to match your whiter smile post treatment.