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Tooth Whitening

It is perhaps not surprising that tooth whitening has become so popular – our smile is after all one of the first things people notice about us. Whitening is also now one of the safest and most cost effective cosmetic improvements.

A popular method of tooth whitening is where the dentist makes a tray or trays (like gum shields), which exactly fit the teeth. A small amount of a whitening gel is then applied inside the trays, which are then worn overnight. This is repeated for about four days. The process gets rid of the staining, and allows the teeth to settle into a much whiter and brighter colour. If your teeth become stained again you can simply purchase more of the whitening gel and reuse the tray(s).

How long will the whiteness last?

The length of time that your teeth will stay white will depend on your lifestyle. Tea, coffee, red wine and smoking do stain teeth, however by maintaining regular hygiene appointments and practicing good hygiene maintenance at home, your teeth can stay white for up to two years.

How white will my teeth go?

The ultimate goal of whitening is to achieve your optimum level of natural whiteness. The results will vary according to the shade of your natural teeth and what restorations you have in your mouth. The special whitening gel, which is applied to your teeth during the procedure, is designed to whiten natural tooth structure. Veneers, crowns and bridges will not change colour although some stains may be removed with whitening. The dentist will discuss this with you at your consultation.


 Tooth Whitening

FAQ’S

Q. How white will my teeth get?

A. Whitening can whiten up to 16 shades, results can vary but if used correctly all teeth will whiten dramatically.

Q. Is there any pain or discomfort?

A. You may get some sensitivity, however your dentist will give you easy to use desensitising swabs to take home,which will work immediately. You will also receive a tube of Tooth Serum toothpaste to brush with, while you wait for your trays, this also helps with sensitivity.

Q. How long does it take?

A. Two weeks after your dentist delivers your Whitening trays. These are thin and comfortable and must be worn in bed for 14 nights, then on the 15th day if you decide on the platinum package you will need to see your dentist for the second treatment which takes only 40 minutes.

Q. How long does it last?

A. Results can last indefinitely with some very simple maintenance, wearing the trays for 1 night every other month. Continuing to brush with Tooth Serum will also prolong results.

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