Tooth whitening can be a highly effective yet very simple way of lightening the colour of teeth without harming them. In everyday life the microscopic pores of your teeth are pigmented with substances such as red wine, coffee and tobacco. These, in conjunction with age related changes gives your smile a stained and discoloured appearance. Tooth Whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. It is effective in 95% of patients to brighten discolouration of teeth. Tooth Whitening is the ideal procedure to have just before that important social occasion allowing you to have a radiant smile in all of your photos.
A variety of options are available today for you to brighten your smile, but dentist supervised treatments remain the safest and most effective way to a brighter whiter smile. We will conduct an initial consultation and a thorough assessment. The options appropriate to your case will then be thoroughly discussed with you.
We offer all forms of tooth whitening available on the market today namely, Home Bleaching, Zoom Advanced, and Laser assisted.
With Home Bleaching, very thin trays are made by taking a mould of your teeth. We then provide the bleaching gel which comes in different strengths giving you the option either to sleep in them or to wear them for one hour per day. These are worn for approximately 2 weeks and longer in some cases depending on the severity of discolouration.
In- Office Bleaching, namely Zoom and Epic Laser assisted, is carried out in our Clinic, giving instant results. This takes 1 hour for Zoom and 20 minutes for the newer Laser. This can be combined with a shorter period of Home Bleaching for optimum results.
What is tooth whitening?
A simple technique using hydrogen peroxide to lighten the shade of your teeth.
How does it work?
Tooth Whitening is most effective on surface stains caused by age, or pigmented foods and drinks. The whitening of your tooth occurs due to breakdown of the peroxide gel providing highly active oxygen free radicals. These effectively break up the unattractive pigmented molecules causing the stain to be removed, providing you with a brighter whiter smile.
The lighter the stain the easier it is to whiten. The most severe discolouration (e.g. tetracycline staining) may require a longer period of active Tooth Whitening with subsequent veneers. Scientific literature and research indicates dentist-monitored Tooth Whitening is the most effective and safest way to lighten discoloured teeth.
You may have existing tooth coloured restorations such as crowns or white fillings. These will not alter in shade.
How white will my teeth get?
We cannot predict with certainty how white your teeth will become but with over 20 yrs experience we have a pretty good idea! The vast majority of patients are very pleased with the results they see.
How about whitening toothpastes?
These generally contain too little of any active Tooth Whitening material to provide a true whitening result. Instead the product is likely to contain an abrasive material, which physically removes layers of your tooth. This gives an apparent whiter tooth but with a dull appearance.