Everyone’s teeth will darken with age and can detract from an otherwise perfect smile. We can now whiten teeth easily and without causing any harm.
We take impressions of your teeth, and have some models made. From these models we make a special gum shield called bleaching trays which have a reservoir for the bleaching gel.
This is then filled with a special gel and then placed over the teeth. This is worn at night, or can be worn for shorter periods during the day if night wear is uncomfortable or you are unable to tolerate it. The number of applications required to lighten you teeth will depend on how light you want them to be and the degree of discoloration. Sometimes the teeth may become a little sensitive, but once the ‘bleaching’ is discontinued, the sensitivity disappears.
If you have any tooth coloured fillings in the teeth to be bleached these will not change colour, and therefore it may be necessary to replace these to match the new colour of the teeth once the bleaching is complete.
You will probably need to 'top up' the bleaching every six months but this then usually only takes a couple of applications and you just use the same trays and the cost of the gel is relatively inexpensive, the initial expense in related to the making of the trays.
There are other ways of whitening teeth, but this is the most reliable and
flexible way and allows you to choose when they are light enough and when you need to repeat the procedure.
None of the over the counter products will actually lighten you teeth as they don't contain any peroxide, they may remove some surface stain but the most effective way to remove surface stain is, of course, to see your hygienist
(Please note that a thorough examination will be necessary beforehand to determine any patient's suitability for this treatment)