Some people’s teeth are naturally darker than others and everyone’s teeth gradually darken with age. Foods, drinks and habits (such as smoking) can increase the effects.
All teeth can be whitened successfully using our tooth whitening techniques. We use gentle, professional whitening gel which is proven to work and does not damage the underlying tooth.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the bleaching process that removes stains from the enamel and dentine of teeth, restoring original whiteness to natural teeth.
The General Dental Council (GDC) regard teeth whitening as the practice of dentistry, which is limited to GDC registrants only. It is unsafe and illegal for anyone but dentists and dental health care professionals to practice teeth whitening.
The active ingredient used is Carbamide Peroxide, this passes through the enamel and oxygen starts to react with the staining which in turn makes the tooth much lighter in colour.
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Before & After
What does teeth whitening involve?
The teeth whitening process starts with a free whitening assessment, where one of our dentists will take impressions and assess whether you are suitable for teeth whitening. Your dentist will take some ‘before’ photographs including a current shade record for you to look back on after the whitening, so you can analyse the results.
Your impressions will then be sent to our dental laboratory and bespoke whitening trays will be made within a week. Once your whitening trays have arrived, a follow-up appointment will be made to have them fitted. The dentist will check the tray to ensure they are the best possible fit for your mouth for the best possible results. You will be provided with a whitening kit and given a visual demonstration of how to use your kit at home. The home whitening kit will contain; your bespoke whitening trays, a container to keep them in when not in use, x5 16% carbamide peroxide Polanight whitening gel syringes, sensitive toothpaste and written instructions for use.
Use your kit consecutively for 10 – 14 days for at least two hours per day. Polanight products are also safe to use overnight. Once the process is complete, you will come back to see the dentist who will review your whitening progress. Each person is different and some will see a big change in the shade of white at this appointment, others may be progressing at a slightly slower rate and like some more time whitening to achieve the ideal shade for them. Once you are happy with your results, your dentist will take ‘after’ pictures and record your new shade.
How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Looking after your teeth properly can help them stay whiter for longer.
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