Tooth whitening is the application of a whitening agent to the external surface of your teeth in order to brighten the shade.
The results vary depending on the original colour of the teeth, your diet and if you have any dental restorations in your front teeth.
How is it done?
Impressions are taken of both your upper teeth and your lower teeth. We then construct your whitening trays, customized to your mouth. You then apply the whitening gel to the trays and wear the trays for 30-60 minutes. You do this 1-2 times per day, for 1-2 weeks.
The whitening gel only whitens natural tooth structure. Therefore if you have any fillings, veneers, bridges or crowns in place, these will not lighten in colour. This means they will become obviously different in colour to your natural teeth. You can still proceed with the tooth whitening, however to achieve a good result you will need to replace fillings etc once you have achieved the level of brightness you are happy with. Some people experience toothe sensitivity during the process of whitening. This is short term and will resolve when you are no longer applying the whitening gel.
The length of time that the effect of the whitening has on your teeth depends on aspects such as diet and your particular tooth structure. To maintain a desired level of brightness you can purchase the whitening gel one tube at a time and do one 30-60min session every few months.
Conscientious home care including brushing every morning and night, flossing once a day and regular six monthly check ups to review the fillings.
Each situation is different though and further costs can be incurred, therefore for an accurate quotation, a consultation with the dentist is recommended.