Teeth whitening is a simple procedure used to lighten the colour of your teeth to a desired shade. The method we use is home whitening, this involves the use of a clear gum shield into which a whitening agent is applied and then worn overnight.
Your dentist will advise you on the shade best suited to you.
Teeth whitening treatments lighten the teeth with the use of Hydrogen Peroxide (bleach). Whitening can be applied to the outside of the teeth to brighten their appearance, or to the inside of the root canal for teeth that have had diseased roots.
It may be necessary to have other dental treatments prior to whitening; whitening treatments can only be applied to healthy teeth and gums. A visit to the dental hygienist is also recommended prior to treatment, to give the teeth a thorough clean and to remove any surface stains.
Tooth coloured fillings and replacement teeth (e.g. crowns and implants) will not lighten with these treatments.
Teeth may be sensitive to hot and cold food and drink for a few days after the whitening treatment, but this is a temporary effect.
Teeth Whitening Trays and Gels
Your dentist will provide you with teeth whitening trays and gels that can be worn at home.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and give this to a dental technician, who will build a bespoke tray to the exact measurements of your mouth. Your dentist will check that the tray fits and demonstrate how to carry out the procedure at home.
The tray fits closely around the teeth, and is filled with a whitening gel. Depending on the strength of peroxide in the gel, these trays are usually worn for a couple of hours a day or overnight. Treatment could take anywhere from 3 days to a couple of weeks to achieve the desired results