Whitening treatment is becoming very popular with many of our patients who are requesting a brighter, whiter and more pleasing smile.
Who can carry out teeth whitening treatment?
Teeth whitening involves bleaching teeth and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional such as a dental therapist or dental hygienist on the prescription of a dentist.
Beauty salons offering teeth whitening without a dental professional present are acting illegally and may put patients’ oral health at risk.
Can anybody have teeth whitening treatment?
Each patient is different and so you would need to have a chat with one of our dentists to see if you are suitable for whitening treatment. You may not be suitable for treatment if you have gum disease or if the dentist does not think that a good result can be achieved.
How is the whitening treatment carried out?
If the dentist is happy to provide the treatment, you will have an impression of your teeth taken. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory who will provide custom made mouthguards which will fit your mouth exactly.
At the next appointment, your mouth guards are checked and you will be provided with the appropriate number of syringes of bleaching gel and given instructions on how to use the gel at home for a specific period of time over a few weeks.
This is a gentle method of whitening teeth and each patient can carry out the treatment at their own pace.
The dentist will monitor the treatment and be on hand to offer advice when needed.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
Teeth whitening isn’t permanent. It varies from patient to patient. If your mouth doesn’t change, the custom made mouth guards can often be used again in the future and the dentist can supply you with extra beaching gel to top up your brighter, whiter smile.
Does teeth whitening work on crowns or false teeth?
No, whitening does not work on dentures, crowns or veneers and does not improve the appearance of dark fillings. It works best on natural teeth that are healthy but discoloured and stained.
Are there any risks involved?
Whitening treatment can cause your teeth to become sensitive. This is usually a temporary situation but you will need to discuss your suitability for treatment with your dentist if you already have sensitive teeth. There is also a chance that your gums could become sore or sensitive if the treatment is not carried out correctly. This should not happen if you follow the instructions from your dentist.
Is teeth whitening available on the NHS?
Teeth whitening is not available on the NHS because it is considered to be a cosmetic treatment.
The cost of tooth whitening varies depending on the number of teeth to be whitened and other factors so will need to be discussed with your dentist.
I would like to go ahead with teeth whitening.
Please contact one of our receptionists who will be happy to book you in for a consultation with one of our dentists.