Information About Tooth Whitening
Please talk to your dental surgeon who will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding tooth whitening.
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What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is the procedure which lightens the colour of teeth.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Some of the most common causes include the consumption of highly coloured food and drinks e.g. coffee, tea, red wine, beetroot, and sweets. Other causes are use of some antibiotics at a young age, ageing, trauma and smoking.
How does tooth whitening work?
The active ingredient in our tooth whitening products is carbamide peroxide. This is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine, and the stains are dissolved away.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, Clinical research indicates that using carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth is safe. There are new studies indicating the safety for use on the soft tissues of the mouth. We do not supply whitening treatment if you are pregnant - there have been no adverse reactions, but long-term clinical effects are unknown.
This type of treatment has been carried out over the last forty years - there is no incidence of tooth damage during that time.
Are there any side effects?
Most patients experience no side effects. Others will develop sensitivity after two or three days - this is temporary, and will subside quickly after ceasing treatment. During the whitening phase, we advise that patients abstain from carbonated drinks, citrus foods, acidic fruit juices and heavily coloured foods.
How long will it last?
Indefinitely, as it is easy to "top-up" once or twice a year. Without a top-up, your teeth will start to re-stain with the same substances that caused them to stain originally.
Is tooth whitening suitable for everyone?
No, your dentist will advise you whether you are a suitable candidate for tooth whitening.
How is tooth whitening carried out?
We are offering patients the Colgate Max White Professional or Boutique Home whitening kit; they have the same contents.
To ensure optimum whitening and minimum sensitivity, we provide our patients with upper and lower customised trays which fit over the teeth. These trays are constructed so that the whitening gel is sealed inside the trays - they are flexible and comfortable.
We request that patients follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. It is imperative that the trays are not used with any other whitening product.
What happens next?
If you are interested in whitening your teeth, please contact our dental team to make a consultation appointment.
If your teeth are all healthy, we can take impressions to construct your whitening trays. Photographs will be taken of your teeth, and a note will be made of their existing shade.
One week later, your teeth will be cleaned and you will be given your Colgate Max White Professional kit.
We would like to see you two weeks later to review progress, but you may contact us at any time during this period if you have any questions.
How much will it cost?
The cost of the whitening kit is £295.00.
We ask for a £100.00 deposit at the first appointment, and the balance when you receive your Home whitening kit.
The cost of the Top-up kit is £110.00.