Why have Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening has existed for more than 100 years and is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures in the world. With the help of today’s technologies, teeth whitening has come a long way and is an excellent way to remove discolouration and stains from your teeth. Overall, teeth whitening is the perfect solution to achieve your own brighter, whiter smile.
Tooth whitening can remove tooth stains both on the inside and outside of the tooth. It is suitable for patients with:
- Discoloured teeth
- Teeth which do not match in colour (canines may be a lot darker/ damaged tooth may look darker due to changes within the blood supply of the tooth)
- Teeth that require whitening for pre-veneer treatment (as light reflects off the underlying tooth)
Why teeth become discoloured
There are many reasons why teeth can become discoloured, such as uncontrollable factors like age and genetics, as well as substances like cigarettes, red wine, tea and coffee.
Teeth whitening can return your smile back to its brighter and whiter self, helping you feel better inside and out, and make a memorable impression.
Who is suitable for Teeth Whitening?
Patients who have good oral health and have been given the OK by the dentist. A full dental check-up is required to ensure that there are no cavities, gum disease, broken or leaking fillings and to determine what tooth whitening is suitable for you.
Does Teeth Whitening Hurt?
Some people can experience extreme sensitivity from the tooth whitening gel. This can often be perceived as pain and may prevent you from finishing all of the gels that you have been given by your dentist. It can also be advised to use painkillers when you whiten your teeth if you do experience severe sensitivity.
Alternatively if we are performing a full smile makeover including the upper and lower teeth and shade can be selected. This is where the brightest white shades can be achieved to give you a celebrity smile.
Teeth Whitening Success Rates
- Home tooth whitening studies show that it tends to last for 2 years. Top-ups are then required to maintain a bright, white smile and this is normally done using your customised teeth whitening trays and tooth-whitening gel. The amount you will require to top up will depend on your diet as those who have more tea/coffee/red wine or smoke will find the shade of the teeth will darken again sooner.
- In-surgery tooth whitening on its own does not always produce lasting results so is not recommended on its own.
- The best short term results are without a doubt achieved using a combination of In-Surgery tooth whitening and home tooth whitening.
What Options Do I Have?
There are many advertised but listed below is our range of whitening services, which we believe to be the best:
- Home whitening
- In-surgery whitening: Zoom power whitening
- A combination of Home whitening and In-Surgery whitening
In Surgery Zoom Whitening/Enlighten Whitening
You can either make one to two appointments with the surgery for your whitening treatment. The dentist will then apply the treatment to remove any stains or discolourations, giving you a brighter, whiter smile.
You can purchase the popular take-home whitening kit which only requires 15 minutes of the dentists time! The complete transformation will be noticed in 7-10 days.
Which Option should I go for?
This will depend on: how quickly you want the tooth whitening, your lifestyle (whether you want to do it at home for 2 hours every day/wear trays while you sleep) and your budget.