What is it?
Research shows that our attention is drawn to two things each time we meet someone-their eyes and their smile. Modern aesthetic dentistry can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to quickly improve your smile, making it brighter and more radiant. It is the ideal way to refresh teeth that have been stained with smoking, coffee drinking or certain foods.
Is the treatment safe?
Yes. Many clinical studies have shown that whitening your teeth under the supervision of your dentist and using a peroxide based gel is safe for teeth and gums. We’ve been using teeth whitening here at Theale for many years.
How white will my teeth get?
This will depend on your teeth: everyone’s teeth are different. If your teeth are heavily stained from coffee or smoking, you will probably notice a big change. If your teeth are not heavily stained, the change may not be as great. It can also depend on the starting colour: some people have teeth with a slightly yellowish tinge, others with grey.
What will my dentist do?
- Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, by asking you to bite into a mould containing a putty-like mixture. This will be sent off to a dental technician, who will make the plastic trays for you to wear.
- The trays will be fitted by your dentist approx. one week later.
- You will be given some tubes of whitening gel (10% Carbamide Peroxide=3.6% Hydrogen Peroxide, this is the active ingredient)
- You will be instructed in the use of the whitening gel and trays.
- Your dentist will ask to see you 5-10 days after you start using the whitening gel, in order to review the change in colour.
Are there any side effects?
Many of our patients have none. However a few experience temporary sensitivity (dull or sharp) on the teeth and/or gums. This will subside within a few days of stopping the treatment. You can also use a desensitizing toothpaste or gel. We often recommend patients desensitise their teeth for a week before starting treatment. Abstain from carbonated drinks, citrus food and drink to avoid sensitivity for a few hours after treatment. Your dentist may give you a special gel or mousse to apply to your teeth to help with any sensitivity.
How often do you have to get your teeth whitened?
Once your teeth are whitened it usually lasts a number of years, however some people prefer to have top-ups more frequently especially for that special occasion ie. wedding, party, birthday.