Tooth whitening techniques will lighten three out of four cases, especially yellow stains. It is a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.
In office whitening techniques can be utilised in a one hour session using the ‘Zoom’ or ‘Pola Office’ system to achieve dramatic results quickly but this must be followed up by home whitening which will be provided in the form of trays which can be carried out at home. Should there be any crowns, veneers or white fillings these do not change colour and may have to be replaced at a later time.
In-Chair and Take-Home Whitening – For our patients, we have easy and convenient methods for teeth whitening that will brighten your smile up to 10 shades. You will see an immediate improvement in your teeth color. Our take-home method is simple to use and produces more visible results in 7 to 10 days.
Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and our teeth can become more discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface through food and drinks as tea, coffee, red wine and black-current. Smoking can also stain teeth.
Calculus or tartar can also be affect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks which take up the stain.
What does whitening involve?
The total treatment can usually be done within two to three weeks. We will construct a tray, after taking impressions at the first appointment. Once we do the in-chair treatment. You are given a bleaching home kit, regularly applying the whitening product over two to three weeks for thirty minutes to an hour every time. However. there are home kits which are safe to use for a longer period of time everyday, and results are visible within one week.
Can everyone have whitening?
We will assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. It can only be agreed upon after a thorough examination and assessment of the teeth. Once it has been agreed. This procedure usually takes about one hour.
How long will my teeth stay whiter?
The effects are thought to last up to three years. However, it may vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, eat or drink coloured products.
What are the side-effects?
Some people will find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others report discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporarily and should disappear within a few days after the treatment.
Can a single discoloured tooth that has been root filled, be whitened?
Some root-treated teeth go discoloured after they have been root filled. The whitening product is applied in the root canal working from inside to whiten the tooth.
When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. It only works on natural teeth. If you don’t like the colour of an existing veneer, crown or bridge, please contact us for another alternative.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help by maintaining the whiteness of your teeth after this procedure, by cutting down on the amount of food or drink you have that can stain the teeth. DON’T FORGET; stopping smoking can also help preventing discolouration and staining of teeth.