Teeth whitening is becoming increasingly popular as the celebrity culture encourages us all to look our best. The procedure is very popular with patients who have an important event coming up, such as their wedding or a milestone birthday, and the range of treatment options have enabled dentists to provide solutions for patients either within the practice or for use at home.
At Home Whitening:
For At Home Whitening, custom-fitted trays are made for each patient, which fit into the mouth like a mouth guard.
- During your first appointment the dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your trays can be made.
- At your next appointment the dentist will make sure your trays fit comfortably and will record the current shade of your teeth by taking a photograph (‘before’) or using a tooth shade chart. You will be supplied with whitening gel and shown how to apply the gel to the trays, which will need to be worn for at least 2 hours per day.
- You will have a follow-up appointment around two weeks after starting the whitening process and the dentist will take a photograph (‘after’) or view the result against the tooth shade chart. If you do not feel you have achieved the desired colour, your dentist will advise you on how much longer to continue whitening.
At the end of treatment the trays should be retained so that you can use them to top up the whitening months/years later. We also recommend a visit to the hygienist before starting the whitening process to remove any stains.
In-Surgery Whitening is as the name suggests: a whitening treatment that is carried out in the dental surgery.
The benefit is that you will notice an improvement to your teeth in a short space of time.
The procedure is carried out in a single session and is as follows:
- The dentist will record the current shade of your teeth by taking a photograph (‘before’) or using a tooth shade chart.
- The dentist will apply a protective gel to your gums to protect them from any splashes of tooth whitening agent. You will be given goggles to wear to protect your eyes from the laser beam and bleach.
- Your dentist will then apply a whitening gel to your teeth. This gel contains a high concentration of peroxide which helps to bleach the teeth white.
- He or she will then use a small handheld light or laser which emits a beam onto your teeth and stimulates the bleaching process. This speeds up the process and is repeated several times, taking around one hour in total.
- Once this is done the dentist will wash off the whitening gel before reviewing the final result. At this point the dentist will take a photograph (‘after’) or view the result against the tooth shade chart.
In-Surgery Whitening costs more than At Home Whitening but it is quicker and the results are immediate. However, we always recommend following up with a few sessions of home whitening to enhance/maintain the effect. Therefore, the price you will be quoted will include custom-fitted whitening trays and 2 x syringes of whitening gel. These trays should be retained so the teeth can be re-whitened at a later date if required. We also recommend a visit to the hygienist to remove any stains before starting the whitening process.
If you are interested in tooth whitening treatments, feel free to give our dental practice a call on 01666 503403 to find out more.