Tooth whitening is an effective way to lighten the colour of the teeth. The shade of a person's teeth can vary according to factors such as genetics, lifestyle habits and age. The natural whiteness of teeth gradually fades and the teeth may start to look yellow. Surface stains can also cause discolouration of the teeth, which will need to be cleaned thoroughly before teeth whitening treatment.
We are proud to provide two highly effective whitening systems to improve the colour of patients' teeth, including home whitening and in surgery laser treatments. Your dentist will discuss both options with you during your consultation.
Tooth whitening is an effective procedure but it is not suitable for everyone. We will determine if you are a suitable candidate based on the information you provide and a thorough examination of your mouth. If you are not a suitable candidate we are happy to discuss alternative treatments.
Whitening agents, usually in gel form, are used to whiten the teeth and will typically include carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. We never use products that contain chlorine dioxide because they strip the teeth and increase the risk of staining.
Tooth whitening is one of the safest, most effective cosmetic dental treatments. However, there are risks which need to be considered:
Treatment times vary but it usually takes 2 weeks for the results to develop. However, tooth whitening does not produce permanent results and the teeth will become discoloured again over time. The results typically last between 2 and 4 years but you can undergo top-up treatments to preserve whiteness. Smoking and drinking coloured drinks will accelerate the discolouration process, so to keep your beautiful new smile brighter for longer it is advisable to avoid these habits.
Tooth whitening treatments can enhance the appearance of your smile, making beautiful straight smiles even more appealing. Teeth staining and discolouration can greatly age the appearance of the mouth and face, but teeth whitening can reverse this process and provide a younger, brighter smile.
Tooth whitening doesn't last forever and teeth can become darker again over time. However, treatment can be topped up to keep your smile looking its best. However, this shouldn't be seen as an excuse to whiten the teeth excessively, which can lead to enamel damage.