What is tooth whitening?
It can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot change the colour completely, but it may lighten the existing shade.
What does tooth whitening involve?
At our practice we offer a home tooth whitening kits. Procedure involves 1 appointment with a dentist for impressions and taking an initial shade. We then make a whitening trays which you can pick up with your whitening kit with bleaching gel and instructions a few days later.
The ‘active ingredient' in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
How much does tooth whitening cost?
Cost of home whitening kit starts from £190 - includes whitening trays + box, 4 whitening gels and instructions. You can buy top up gel for £35 per tube.
When might tooth whitening not work?
Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false' teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.
If your dentures are stained or discoloured visit your dental team and ask for them to be cleaned.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drinks you have that can stain teeth. Don't forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
We recommend the following tips to take care of your teeth:
- brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
- cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- visit your dental team regularly, as often as they recommend.
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