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.
What does teeth whitening involve?
The whitening process is a free whitening assessment with the dentist when impressions are taken if the patient is suitable and some before photos and a current tooth shade is taken. The impressions are sent to our lab and bespoke whitening trays are made and returned to us within the week.
A hygienist or dental therapist appointment will have also been made, this is when the trays are checked for a good fit and a clinician will discuss the process including how to use the whitening gel and provide a visual demonstration.
Each patient is provided with a whitening pack which contains bespoke trays, a container for trays, 5x 16% carbamide peroxide whitening gel syringes, sensitive toothpaste and written instructions for use. This is then used every day for 10-14 days for at least 2 hours every day. I can also be used at night for the patient’s convenience.
Once this process is complete there will be a review appointment when the clinician who fitted the trays will assess how well the whitening process is going. Each patient is different and some will see a big change in the shade at this point whilst others progress more gradually and may wish to carry on the whitening treatment.
The clinician will then assess sensitivity, however, this is an uncommon problem as the polanight whitening gel which contains a desensitising agent.
Oce the desired effect is achieved after photos will be taken and a new shade is recorded. If the desired results have not yet been achieved, the patient is reviewed in a further 10-14 days, using the whitening gel every night.
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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