Just about everybody would like to have their teeth whiter. This has been possible for many years using a variety of different bleaching techniques with varying predictability. More recently the systems have been reduced to two main techniques:
• In office “power teeth whitening”.
• Home whitening using a custom mouth guard.
Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.
Our Office 1-hour power whitening can whiten teeth by up to several shades, brightening your teeth dramatically to its natural shade. Your lips and gums are covered and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special laser is used to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration. Whiter, brighter teeth in less than an hour!
A custom made mouth tray is created. A whitening gel is placed in the tray which you then wear whist asleep or for short periods during the day.
Results are normally seen over 2 weeks.
A mould of the teeth is taken and used to construct a closely fitting custom mouthguard or tray. Instructions are given on how to use the bleaching gel, which is placed in the tray. Ideally the tray should be worn for at least 4hr each day (usually at night), a noticeable difference is usually achieved within 2-3 uses but most treatments are continued over 2 weeks.
Other important points about bleaching:
Whitening does not make your teeth more susceptible to dental decay or gum disease.
The results are not permanent although there will always be a noticeable difference from before treatment started, and teeth can always be “topped up” at a later date if required.
Not all discolorations are treatable with a bleaching agent, it is essential that an examination is carried out first to assess suitability and provide an indication of the results achievable.
The bleach agents do not affect existing crowns and fillings.