Our whitening treatments use a gentle chemical to remove discolouration and lighten teeth for a noticeably brighter smile. Stains can build up your teeth from smoking, food and drink (such as coffee or red wine), or simply as we age. Whitening your teeth is a safe, effective way to combat this staining and perk up your look.
This involves applying a bleaching gel to the outer surface of the tooth using the following methods:
- Home whitening
Our home whitening treatment offers a superior alternative to over-the-counter kits as the mouth trays are designed to be a perfect fit, meaning the active gel can work more effectively. The bleaching agent is also stronger than low dose shop bought kits so offer improved lightening power.We will tell you how to use the bleaching gel with your specially designed mouth trays and you will wear these at home for 30 minutes to an hour, every day, for 2-4 weeks.
We recommend you use our home whitening kits as opposed to those you can buy in shops as, not only are they more effective, they also let us keep a professional eye on your teeth and help to avoid side effects such as gum irritation and tooth sensitivity.
- In-surgery whitening
Known as ‘laser’ bleaching, this involves placing the whitening gel on your teeth (a rubber ‘dam’ is used to protect the gums if necessary) and then exposing them to a special bright light that speeds up the whitening process.An appointment should take one to two hours and offers an ideal solution for busy patients or those who don’t want to use mouth trays at home.
- Combined whitening
This combines home and in-surgery whitening for a speedier result than home treatment alone.
This procedure involves placing a whitening agent inside a discoloured tooth that has previously had root canal therapy i.e. the inner part of the tooth (the ‘pulp’) has been replaced with a rubber filling due to infection.
We will insert the bleaching product into a drilled hole and then seal this hole with a temporary filling so the bleach can get to work. About a week later, you will come back to have the filling and bleach removed. If the tooth has not been lightened sufficiently, the process can be repeated. When you are satisfied with the new lighter shade, we will fill the hole with a tooth coloured filling.
We may occasionally need to combine internal whitening with other techniques to achieve the desired effect.