Tooth Whitening Treatment
Tooth whitening is a state-of-the-art procedure designed to whiten the teeth to their optimum natural brightness. Our Tooth Whitening process uses Carbamide Peroxide Gel 10% or 16%.
We will give you an appointment for a consultation. We initially check your teeth to ensure they are suitable for whitening. We also check the shade of your own teeth. We will take a mould or ‘impression’ of your teeth and send this impression to a laboratory where two thin, patented, customised Perfect Trays will be constructed; these trays will fit your teeth perfectly and comfortably.
We will then instruct you how to apply the whitening gel to the trays and how to correctly place these trays on your teeth. The first whitening of your teeth will be at the Practice with full instructions provided for home whitening.
The amount of whitening varies from patient to patient and cannot be predicted exactly. In general, yellow or brown teeth with extrinsic staining from tea, coffee or red wine, and darkened monochromatic teeth are easier to whiten.
Tooth Whitening Awareness
As with any treatment there are benefits and risks. The benefit is that the teeth can be whitened fairly quickly in a simple manner. The risks involves the continued use of gel for an extended period of time such as a few years. There is new research indicating the safety for use on the soft tissues (gingivae, cheek, tongue, throat). The long term effects are as yet unknown. Although the extent of the risk is unknown, acceptance of treatment means acceptance of risk.
- Fillings and crowns do not change colour and therefore may need replacing afterwards.
- Most patients achieve a change within 2-5 weeks.
- Sensitivity may result after a few days. This is usually slight and temporary. If this should occur, refrain from using the whitening
treatment for one day or apply a soothing gel into the tray.