Teeth Whitening - What you need to know about the home bleaching technique
The home bleaching using trays often achieves excellent results, and considered a safe treatment.
This is just a general guide and we encourage patients to seek more personalised information from their dentist.
There are essentially three techniques for tooth whitening. There is the dentist-applied technique for patients, and there are over the counter products available for consumers. The dentist-directed treatment that is patient-applied at home is the best way to whiten your teeth safely and effectively in the comfort of your own home.
Is this home whitening system of tooth whitening suitable for me?
Coffee, Red Wine, Smoking and Ageing are just some of the things that can stain your teeth everyday. We offer home-based teeth whitening treatments to undo this damage. Teeth whitening uses a bleaching process to remove stains and discolouration from the teeth and give them a whiter appearance.
Whitening is one of the most effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. Some patients can feel a lot less confident in themselves from everyday food and drink staining their teeth - and whilst this treatment is not suitable or advisable for everyone - it is an option for some people . With an easy home treatment - applied at your convenience - it can bring your teeth back to a lighter shade. Your discussion with the dentist can answer any specific questions you have.
Note that there are different techniques dentists use. The supervised home bleaching technique is the one being discussed here. Please also note that there may be alternative options such as dental veneers and crowns for aesthetic improvements which your dentist can discuss specific requirements or concerns that you may have.
What does the home whitening treatment involve?
Our home teeth whitening uses custom-made, thin, clear guards which are supplied with a teeth whitening gel which will whiten your teeth at home
The supervised home bleaching technique will involve taking impressions for making customised trays.
These trays - one for your upper teeth and one for your lower teeth - are made in a laboratory from moulds of your teeth (impressions taken in the surgery). You will then follow instructions on how to apply the low concentration bleaching products using the trays. The trays sit comfortably in the mouth and are retained for 2 hours each day/evening, and they can be worn at the same time or separately.
The number of days for treatment is dependent on multiple factors and the dentist will assess the number of days of treatment required. In most cases, it usually takes between 2-3 weeks.
What are the benefits of home whitening?
- You control the colour, by using the home whitening only up to the required colour/shade
- It is a cost effective and reliable whitening option
- Easy to top-up in future using your trays under supervision of the dentist
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will it whiten fillings or caps?
Tooth whitening treatment will not change the colour of your fillings or your crowns. This means that the end of tooth whitening treatment, it is possible that you may wish to consider replacement of visible fillings or crowns to match whiter teeth.
- Will my teeth be sensitive?
It is recognised that tooth sensitivity could be a side effect whilst you are having tooth whitening treatment. The dentist will advise you about changing your treatment schedule should sensitivity occur.
- Will it damage my teeth?
No. The teeth will remain structurally sound
- Is the home whitening system suitable for everyone?
Whitening treatment is not suitable for all patients, and it will only be offered by the dentist if you are considered to be a patient who will benefit from whitening treatment.
- Are there over the counter products?
Yes there are over the counter products you may find for purchasing. We currently do not sell these products that are 'boil and form' tray to strips that are applied on the teeth.