Everyone is different and, just as our hair and skin colour varies, so do our teeth. Some teeth have a yellowish tinge, some are more beige – very few are actually ‘white’. But the main problem is that teeth tend to darken with age as well as becoming stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee and red wine.
The most effective and cost efficient method is tray whitening. You have total control over how white you want your teeth to be. The whitening is gradual and you are likely to forget what shade your teeth were when you came to us, so we take photographs before your whitening so you can see the difference.
The vast majority of patients are very pleased with the results they see. However treatment results can vary depending on the original shade of the teeth. In some cases it may take longer than the usual 2 weeks to achieve a good result. For example, if your teeth are dark because you had the antibiotic tetracycline at an early age, then you may need to continue treatment for a lot longer until you are happy with the result. The effect lasts around 12 months. Since your teeth will tend to darken slightly over time, we recommend “topping up” the whitening with your trays and gel once a month to maintain the whiter shade you have achieved.
Whitening can only lighten your tooth colour, and it only works on natural teeth. Whitening will not work on any fillings, crowns, veneers or bridges. If these are stained or the wrong colour, they may need replacing after the whitening treatment, especially if they are visible restorations. We will advise you about this before you begin.
Some people find that their teeth are sensitive during treatment and for the first few days afterwards. This does wear off after a short time and there are ways to reduce the sensitivity during the treatment, if needed. We can advise you about this.
What about the ‘over the counter’ home kits?
Over-the-counter kits are not recommended. Anything bought over the counter will only contain a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide, and not enough to make any significant difference to the shade of your teeth. Some products, in particular those available on the internet, may also contain mild acids or abrasives which will actively damage tooth enamel. Whitening is a complex treatment procedure and should only be carried out by a dentist after a thorough examination and assessment of your teeth. It is very important to follow the instructions your dentist gives you and to make sure that you go for any recommended follow-up appointments.
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