Tooth Whitening

People often assume  that  the  white "Hollywood"   smile  involves  very prolonged  and  expensive  cosmetic dental treatment.

In reality   it may simply  involve  two (very short) visits to  the  dentist.

At visit 1.  impressions  are  taken  of  the  upper  and  lower  teeth and  from  these  the  dental professional will  make  custom   lightweight  whitening  trays .

Visit 2 is  when the  patient  has these trays  tried in  and  is  shown  how to  use  the  whitening kit.

If  all  this  sounds  a  bit  simple  ..... well  it  is!

The  Process:

The  whitening  trays  hold  the  gels  in  contact  with  the   tooth  surfaces  for   a  period  of  between 2 to 5 hours.  

This must  be  repeated  daily (or nightly)  for  up to 2 weeks  , however, most  people  find  excellent  results  after  a few  days.

During  the   process the  chemicals  in  the  gel  remove   surface  stains  from  the  tooth enamel  and  seep into  the  surface  layers  of  the   teeth  effectively  whitening  them.

The  active  ingredient  in  the  gel  is  either 6% Hydrogen peroxide  or 10-16% carbamide  peroxide.  these  compounds  are  completely  safe  to  use  and  are  ONLY  available  in  this  concentration  from  a  registered  dental  practitioner who  can monitor  the  whitening process.

(It has  been  established  scientifically  that  the  lower concentrations  available  over  the  counter in  some pharmacies  produce no whitening effect.)

How long does it last?

Typically  the  whitening  will  last  a  year  to 18 months  but  this  will  vary  widely  from one  individual  to  another.

DIET  plays  a  huge  part  in  success  with  certain foodstuffs  tending  to  cause  more  discolouration  than others.

Typically  heavily coloured  foods , coffee , black tea  and  red  wine  are  the  main  offenders  when it  comes  to  undoing the  good  work.

Sensitivity?

Some  people may  experience a degree of sensitivity from  the whitening gels.

This  is reduced  considerably  by  the  desensitizing compounds ACP and  Flouride.

The  good  news  is............

Your whitening  trays   can  be  used  multiple  times  and  if  after  a  year  or  so  the  whiteness is  fading  the  dentist  can  simply  supply  more  gels  to  repeat  the  process  .

 (Dental Council regulations  require  examination by a  dentist  before  each  repeat cycle  of whitening)

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