Teeth Whitening

WHITENING YOUR TEETH CAN HAVE A DRAMATIC EFFECT ON THE WAY YOU LOOK AND FEEL

A healthy and confident smile is an important social asset and is regarded by many as one of the most attractive facial features.

Stained or discoloured teeth can be whitened to give you a bright, white smile. It is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.

Tooth colour very much depends on the individual: it can darken as we get older and is affected by food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine and also smoking. Whitening can be a really effective way to lighten your teeth by a number of shades.

A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.

Home Whitening

This gradual treatment involves first having impressions of your teeth then having whitening trays constructed. These trays fit closely to your teeth. A professional whitening gel is squeezed into the trays which are placed over the teeth. These trays are like very thin, pliable, light gum shields and are very comfortable and discreet to wear.

The trays can be worn at convenient times during the day or as you sleep overnight until your teeth are the colour you desire. Many patients find this a preferable method as they can monitor the degree of lightening themselves and stop when they are happy with the result. This method gives you greater control over the final colour of your teeth.

Results are normally seen over two weeks. More information is available from www.bda.org/whitening

 

Did you know?

5 biggest mistakes people make when whitening their teeth

  1. People do not use whitening products that contain the correct amount of peroxide to whiten their teeth.
    At Duncan Smith Dental practice we use the latest accredited whitening gels that use the legally safe amount of peroxide gel.
  2. It is ILLEGAL for anyone apart from GDC registered dental professionals to sell or apply the correct peroxide whitening treatments.
    At our practice we are all fully trained and insured to make sure we deliver your treatment in a safe and trustworthy environment.
  3. Poorly fitting trays not made at a dentist will result in UNPREDICTABLE RESULTS.
    We only use high quality dental laboratories to make our bespoke whitening trays. The better fitting the tray the more predictable the result.
  4. An absence of a dental health check before treatment could result in damage to your teeth and gums.
    ONLY a qualified dentist can make sure you are not putting the health of your teeth at risk by ensuring your mouth is healthy before you start treatment.
  5. People do not get existing fillings and crowns checked to make sure the colours would match after whitening.
    Professional advice BEFORE you start treatment is ESSENTIAL to make sure you are fully aware of how the end result may look and you can plan to have teeth with fillings or crowns treated afterwards accordingly.