Treatment Length:2-6 weeks
Used to Treat:Teeth stained by food, drink or tobacco
Available From:Cosmetic Dentist
This has to be the best cosmetic dental treatment available. A lighter and brighter smile without needing dentistry! Properly done, most people will achieve teeth 8-10 shades whiter or more.
How is it done?
The very best and most predictable results are achieved using a combination of in surgery ‘Power Whitening’ and at home ‘Tray Whitening’
Power Whitening is carried out in the dental practice. An advanced laser whitening gel is carefully applied to the teeth and this is then activated by laser light. Examples of this are Zoom, Enlighten and Quickwhite.
Zoom Laser light
With Home Whitening, special custom made teeth trays (like very thin mouth guards) are precisely made from an impression mould of the teeth and these are worn at night with a whitening gel inside. This is usually done for 2 weeks.
For younger patients e.g. Late teens, the home system will usually give great results without Power Whitening.
Home whitening only.
For most people however, using a carefully planned combination of Power and Home whitening will give the best results. The before and after whitening photos on the right were achieved with an initial Zoom Power Whitening treatment, followed with two weeks of home whitening with Zoom ‘Nite White’ gel and finally another Zoom Power Whitening treatment.
Are my teeth suitable?
The only way to really answer this question is to see a dentist for a professional opinion. There are many factors that have to be taken into account such as gum health, existing fillings etc., which your dentist should be able to advise on. If you don’t have a dentist who is experienced in tooth whitening click here to find an experienced dentist in your area who will give you a free consultation to discuss whitening with you.
How long will it last?
The whitening treatment carried out as above is permanent. Teeth darken due to food colours in tea, coffee, red wine, curry etc., and gradually over a period of many years, these can start to darken teeth. To maintain the new whiteness, good hygiene with a whitening toothpaste and maybe wearing the night trays once or twice a year should be all it takes to maintain the whiteness of your teeth.
Who can whiten teeth?
Any procedure carried out on teeth is classified as dentistry and regulated by the General Dental Council. Only licensed dentists or hygienists are legally allowed to carry out tooth whitening. Beauty therapists, hairdressers and diy kits from Ebay are not trained dentists and there is no guarantee of the safety of the materials used or the effectiveness of the treatment. All whitening materials used by dentists are made to the same standard as prescription medicine and only dentists can prescribe and use these whitening materials.
Moving the front teeth
a straight smile