Tooth whitening is a non-invasive procedure that is designed to lighten the colour of your teeth. Significant lightening can be achieved in the vast majority of cases. It is safe, effective and the results are stable. The active ingredient most commonly used is hydrogen peroxide.
Who is it for?
Just about anyone is a candidate for tooth whitening . However, like any other treatment, there are inherent risks and limitations. These are seldom serious enough to discourage you from having your teeth whitened, but should be considered when making a decision to have the treatment. Factors such as the type of discolouration & overall condition of your teeth have a direct bearing on the level of whitening that can be achieved.
Other treatment options
You could consider alternative treatments such as crowns or veneers but these are more invasive than whitening and require the irreversible removal of tooth substance.
How does it work?
Most whitening systems are based on the release of hydrogen peroxide from a ph-balanced gel . This gel is applied to a close fitting, custom-made tray. Hydrogen peroxide permeates the enamel and dentine and breaks down the stain without any known detrimental effect to the tooth.
What are the potential problems?
You may experience mild, transient tooth sensitivity and gum irritation . Your dentist will provide full instructions and advice.
How long does it take?
The whitening process can usually be completed over 2 to 4 weeks. The tray should normally be worn for 1 hour each day .
Are the results permanent?
Tooth whitening is an irreversible process and the results are stable over time. However, there is a tendency for some relapse after approximately 2 years due to dietary factors. You can top up the whitening level by using some fresh gel in your trays for one hour.
How much will it cost?
Costs vary according the type of treatment (internal/external) and the duration of the treatment . A fee guide is available from reception.
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