Why you might need teeth whitening
Very few people have really bright-white teeth, and our teeth can become more discoloured as we get older. Your teeth might be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as red wine, tea and coffee. And if you’ve ever smoked, that might also have stained your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth that take up stains.
How it works
Our team will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment at your first consultation and will take you through every step of the process with expert care. Some patients may find porcelain veneers are a more suitable way to gain the perfect bright white smile.
- First, our dental team will put a shield on your gums to protect them.
- They will then apply the whitening product to your teeth, using a specially made tray that fits into your mouth like a mouthguard.
- As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
- The treatment may involve a combination of in-clinic and home treatment.
- The process may take three or four weeks in total for the final result to manifest and the benefits can last for many years.
Before & After Teeth Whitening
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes! Teeth whitening doesn’t destroy your teeth or gums and it is safe to do. Nevertheless, if you have cavities, decays, or any gums disease, you might need to complete those treatments before you undergo teeth whitening.
How long can the results last for?
After you’ve whitened your teeth the results of the whitening can last for years. Generally avoiding the often consumption of highly colouring foods and drinks, such as curry, red wine, tea, and coffee can help you preserve the results for even longer.
Is teeth whitening painful? Would I need anaesthetic for the treatment?
The process is painless, however, right after your teeth have been whitened you might experience higher sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food. We would recommend avoiding hot and cold beverages and food for the first few days after the treatment. If you experience very high sensitivity, you can also take some over the counter painkillers, to help reduce the sensation.
I have compost bonding/white filling, can I whiten my teeth?
You can still whiten your teeth if you have composite bonding or white fillings, but you should be aware that you cannot whiten the surfaces of the composite bonded material. If you wish to whiten your teeth and make them some shades whiter than the colour of your composite bonding or your white fillings, once you achieve the shade of white you’d like on your teeth, you will have to renew your composite bonding/fillings to match the exact shade of white you like on your teeth.
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You can book an appointment online, or by giving us a call on 020 7368 6611.