Teeth Whitening

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What is teeth whitening?

No one wants to feel self-conscious about their teeth. In fact, having bright-white teeth can make you look up to five years younger. With our teeth whitening treatment, a mouth guard-like tray is filled with a peroxide-based bleaching gel or paste and placed over the teeth for one to several hours a day for up to four weeks.

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades.

Who can do teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.

Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there’s no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.

You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks.

What happens during teeth whitening?

If you have your teeth whitened you’ll need to make several visits to the dental surgery over a couple of months.

Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard and tell you how to use it with a bleaching gel. Then, using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over 2 to 4 weeks. Some whitening gels can be left on for up to 8 hours at a time, which shortens the treatment period to 1 week.

Laser whitening, also known as power whitening, is another type of teeth whitening system that a dentist can provide. A bleaching product is painted onto your teeth and then a light or laser is shone on them to activate the whitening. Laser whitening takes about an hour.

How long does it last?

Teeth whitening can last up-to 1 year or more depending on how well you look after your teeth. It is important in all cases to brush and floss your teeth regularly after eating. In the case of having your teeth whitened, it is important to do so especially if you drink beverages such as coffee, red wine or even smoke.

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