Tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment in the world. Teeth can become discoloured or stained from frequently drinking coffee, tea or red wine, from smoking, or simply due to the ageing process. Every single patient regardless of starting colour, age, lifestyle or dietary habits, is suitable for some form of teeth whitening.
The procedure is easy; the dentist takes a super accurate impression of your teeth and sends this to a dental laboratory where ‘super sealed’ bleaching trays are manufactured.
The dentist will prescribe a whitening gel which is placed into the tray and worn by the patient.
Here at The Newmarket Road Dental Clinic, we have researched the various availaible teeth whitening systems on the market to ensure we offer our patients only the best in terms of safety and results.
Our chosen home bleaching system using close fitting trays has the most reliable clinical evidence behind it, demonstrating that patients can genuinely achieve a brighter smile which lasts, and looks natural.
Clinical research and safety studies show that under the supervision of an appropriately trained dentist, teeth whitening is perfectly safe on the teeth, gums, cheeks and other soft tissues. The special whitening gels we use are of neutral pH and of the optimum concentration to deliver results which are predictable and long lasting, and are being readily used by millions of people worldwide.
Side effects are unlikely, although some people do experience temporary sensitivity during the treatment. These symptoms usually disappear 1-2 days after interruption or completion of the treatment. We provide all our patients with a desensitising serum to ensure as comfortable tooth whitening journey as possible.
Normally, the new whiter colour of the teeth remains quite stable. Recent studies show the effects can last up to 3 years. The whitening effect on the teeth does however depend on the individual, and can be affected by diet, oral hygiene, lifestyle choices and age. Some patients need periodic top-ups to ‘touch up’ the brightness of their teeth. Patients who are willing to wear their bleaching trays for 1 night every 1-2 months, will have results that last indefinitely.