Tooth whitening is the removal of stains and discolorations from the enamel and dentine. Enamel is thin and typically much lighter in colour, while dentine is darker in colour and makes up the bulk of the tooth. Enamel can be discoloured over time simply from age, but also from other sources like coffee, tea, tobacco, and other foods and beverages. Whitening your teeth removes these stains and discolorations, giving you a whiter, brighter smile.
What does it involve?
You will generally need two appointments approximately two weeks apart. At the first appointment the 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 it is deemed appropriate the dentist will then take dental impressions (moulds) of your teeth which will be sent to our laboratory to have custom made trays made specifically for you. Two weeks later you will return and the trays will be ready. One of our highly trained members of staff will issue you with the whitening gels and show you how to use and care for the trays.
will it hurt?
Tooth sensitivity is a relatively common side effect of teeth whitening. If sensitivity occurs, it is often temporary and will go away once you've completed the whitening process. Our whitening products include desensitizing ingredients like potassium nitrate and fluoride to help reduce sensitivity and provide additional comfort.
How long does the treatment take?
Everyone responds differently to whitening treatments and everyone will whiten at different rates. Some stains are easier to treat than others. Teeth that are yellow or brown are easier to whiten than teeth that are grey/blue. Younger patients typically whiten more quickly than older patients, but every patient is different. Some people want a Hollywood white smile, but that is not a natural colour for teeth and few people can actually reach that colour of white without veneers and crowns.
how long will the results last?
Teeth whitening results can vary. Things like genetics, diet, age, some medications (like tetracycline), and certain habits (like smoking) may affect the length of your whitening results. Touch-up treatments are quick, easy and relatively cheap, enabling you to top up your white smile as and when necessary.
Can it whiten my existing crowns and fillings?
No, only natural tooth structure can be whitened, any crowns or fillings that you have will not react to whitening products.If you have a crown or a filling that is easily visible, you may want to talk to your dentist about different options for improving your smile or replacing these to match your new lighter colour post whitening.
can anyone have their teeth whitened?
Teeth whitening is a safe, comfortable way to get a bright, white smile. Results and treatment time may vary depending on the level of staining and whiteness desired. Crowns, bridges, fillings, and veneers will not whiten. Pregnant women, those with gum disease, worn enamel, cavities, and exposed roots should not whiten their teeth.
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