Your naturally white tooth enamel can be stained by lots of different factors. Food, tobacco or drinks such as coffee, tea or wine can have darken the colour of your teeth.
Professional tooth whitening can lift and remove stains and brighten your smile, leaving you radiant and more confident.
What kinds of whitening are available?
In-surgery whitening, also known as laser whitening or zoom bleaching, is available at a cost of £350. This takes 45 minutes and is done by us in the surgery.
We paint a bleaching product onto your teeth, and then a bright laser is shone onto the teeth to activate the chemical. This results in a very quick and effective whitening process - in which your teeth can become 5 or 6 shades lighter.
We also offer home bleaching using the opalescence system, at a cost of £250. This is done by you at home, and the process takes several weeks.
We make an impression of your teeth and then create a fitted plastic tray. We provide a whitening gel which you then use with the trays on your teeth. The time of day / night when you wear the tray may vary, and process can take up to 6 weeks to complete.
You will notice a significant whitening effect with teeth that are several shades lighter. The effects may not be as striking as the in-surgery techniques.
How long will my teeth stay white?
The effects should last up to three years, although this will vary from person to person. The effect will last longer if you refrain from smoking or eating or drinking products that can stain your teeth. You should ask your dentist's opinion before you begin treatment.
What are the side effects?
Some people may find their teeth become a little more sensitive to cold after professional whitening treatment. Others have reported discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line.
These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. If any symptoms continue you should consult your dentist.