Tray based whitening now only £249 (8 tubes 16% Carbamide Peroxide gel)
Why would I need my Teeth Whitened?
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
‘Calculus' or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.
What determines tooth colour?
Teeth can also become stained either superficially by coffee, tea, tobacco and similar substances, or intrinsically as a result of illness or the use of certain medications while teeth are forming.
How does "Whitening" work?
Your teeth are composed of two layers: an outer layer of hard enamel and an inner layer of soft dentin. The enamel layer is largely composed of microscopic crystal rods, and is designed to protect the rest of the tooth from the effects of chewing, acidic foods and trauma. Unfortunately, this layer is relatively porous, and over time, staining agents work their way into the pores deep within the enamel. This reduces the "whiteness" of teeth and goes deeper than we think, so regular brushing cannot remove the discolouration.
Who can whiten teeth?
Bleaching vs. Whitening
To confound things further, many dentists refer to their bleaching products as being "whiteners" because they worry that the term "bleaching" may scare potential patients. Most over-the-counter products claim to be whiteners because they lack the active ingredient that truly bleaches teeth.
What is used?
How long does it take?
Usually it takes about 2 weeks, wearing the trays for at least several hours a day, many people wear these overnight for convenience.
How “white” will they go?
We generally recommend an initial 2 week course and then a break before whitening further if a lighter shade is desired.
What concentrations of hydrogen peroxide are used?
The higher the concentration of hydrogen peroxide, the more chance there is of irritation to the gums.
We consider 16% (Carbamide) the highest safe concentration and is perfectly adequate for dental whitening whilst not giving too many side effects.
How successful is whitening?
Some people will touch up every 6 months or so with one or two applications. We give you plenty of gel!
Can all teeth be whitened?
• Sensitive teeth may not be suitable, we can advise.
• Fillings or crowns will not change shade.
• If these need to be changed, this can be done at additional charge. You will have to wait at least four weeks for the shade to stabilise.
• If you have crowns, veneers or large filings that are unsightly, we can provide some fantastic new ceramic crowns or aesthetic fillings.
Is Dentist Whitening Safe and Legal?
Whitening is safe when directed by a dentist. A dentist is able to examine your mouth and determine whether it is suitable for whitening.
Risks and side effects?
Sensitivity - By far, the greatest risk to bleaching is dental sensitivity to hot or cold foods following treatment. Mild tooth sensitivity is reported in upward of 25% of cases and if significant tooth sensitivity should occur, you should skip one or two days of bleaching as needed. Alternatively, speak to your dentist regarding using a product with a lower concentration of peroxide - this will lower the sensitivity, and your teeth can still be whitened, but the product will have to be used for a longer period of time.
Sensitivity usually resolves on its own when the bleaching procedure has concluded. Some dentists recommend brushing with toothpaste containing potassium nitrate to alleviate the sensitivity (Sensodyne is one such product), but this is only a temporary solution.
Irritated gums - Over half of those who use peroxide whiteners experience some degree of gum irritation resulting from the bleach concentration or from contact with the whitening trays. Such irritation typically lasts up to several days, dissipating after bleaching has stopped or the peroxide concentration lowered.
Whitening is carried out at home using custom made trays.
We use 10% or 16% Carbamide Peroxide in lab made custom trays.
- The main side effect is sensitivity but this is usually temporary.
- Crowns, veneers and fillings cannot be whitened.
- The teeth will almost always lighten but the end result is impossible to predict.
- It may be necessary to “top up” every 6 months to maintain the result.
- It is not available to under 18’s.
- Results may vary by individual and are not guaranteed.
- Whitening is most effective for teeth without cavities, coatings or fillings.
- Teeth whitening treatment is not suitable for pregnant or nursing women, people who are suffering from gum disease, open cavities or people who have had braces removed in the last 6 months
You should seek medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner for any medical condition
Our fee includes assessment, lab made custom trays and fitting and 2 weeks supply of gel. Extra gel for top ups and longer treatment can be supplied at extra charge. Replacement of fillings or crowns will incur additional charges.
- White opacities in the teeth.
- Brown spots.
- Mottled teeth.
- Deeper Fissures.
Most of these issues are generally cosmetic in nature and are usually caused by ingestion of toothpaste at a young age, sucking it off the toothbrush, using too much or not using children's toothpaste. All of this ail have occurred before the tooth erupts. Once the tooth erupts it is no longer affected by these factors.
What can be done?
The picture below shows the effects of mottling in a moderate case of fluorosis. Click on the picture to see what happens after whitening.
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Where We Are
Addison Dental Practice
31, Redhill Road