Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can also naturally become darker and discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea,coffee, red wine and curries. Smoking can also stain teeth. "Calculus" or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or by tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Our dental team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment. First, your dentist will take a set of impressions in order to get your whitening trays made. They are clear in colour and comfortable to wear, similar to a mouthguard only thinner. You apply the whitening product to your trays and wear for 1 hour. This is all done in the comfort of your own home.
The initial treatment can usually be done within two to three weeks. Top-ups are required from time to time. Every case is individual and how regular top-ups are needed depends on the amount of staining foodstuffs in your diet, smoking and your oral hygiene. Top up syringes of the whitening product are available to purchase on the prescription of your dentist.
Existing fillings, crowns, bridges etc will not lighten with bleaching and may need to be replaced after whitening to match the shade of your teeth.