What is tooth whitening?
It is actually a bleaching process that lightens discolouration of enamel and dentine. The system uses a mild solution retained in a custom fitted tray that is worn over your teeth.
What causes tooth discolouration?
There are many causes. The most common include ageing, consumption of staining substances (coffee, tea, cola, red win and tobacco), trauma and nerve degeneration. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline may also cause tooth discolouration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone, However, there are some cases where the treatment may not be effective. Your dentist may determine viable candidates for the process through a thorough oral examination and diagnosis. Tooth whitening is ideal for patients who achieve healthy, unrestored teeth and would like a whiter brighter smile.
Is the process safe?
YES! Research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth with carbamide peroxide under the supervision of your dentist is safe for the teeth and gums. In fact, many dentists consider the whitening process the safest cosmetic procedure available.
How does it work?
The dental whitening gel is placed in a thin bleaching tray that fits over your teeth. As the active ingredient is broken oxygen enters the enamel and dentine bleaches the coloured substances. The structure of the tooth is not changed, only the tooth colour is made lighter.
How long does it take?
Results are usually seen after the first night. Maximum results generally occur when the process is continued for 10-14 nights.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary tooth sensitivity to cold during the treatment. These symptoms always disappear within 1-3 days of interruption or completion of treatment.
How long do the results last?
The teeth will always be lighter than they were. However, some patients may need periodic re-whitening for one or two days a year, especially if they continue to use staining substances like caffeine or tobacco products.
How much does it cost?
Single Arch costs £230.00
Two Arches costs £320.00