Do you have stained teeth that make you feel self-conscious about smiling? Teeth whitening can be an effective solution to give you a whiter, brighter smile.
Teeth naturally yellow and discolour over time, but smoking and some food and drinks can also cause hard-to-shift stains. Teeth can also be discoloured with speckled enamel, white banding or coloured spots, and can be stained during development by certain medications.
At Elmsleigh House Dental Clinic, we offer teeth bleaching. We listen to your concerns about the colour of your teeth, assess your needs and tailor our teeth bleaching treatment to give you a natural-looking, brighter smile.
Our teeth whitening treatment is a safe procedure that uses the dental bleaching agent carbamide peroxide to whiten your teeth. The carbamide peroxide penetrates the enamel of your teeth and oxidises the pigment bonds in the dentine, which brightens your teeth without damaging them.
Our teeth whitening process
- Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth, which are used to make custom-made, high-quality mouth trays that fit you correctly
- You will be shown how to safely apply the carbamide peroxide gel to the mouth trays and how to fit them around your teeth
- You will take home your mouth trays with sufficient tooth-whitening gel to achieve your whiter shade
- You will need to apply the whitening gel to your mouth trays and wear them every day for a length of time specified by your dentist
- You should continue using the gel until you have achieved a shade you are happy with; this normally takes two to four weeks, depending on your individual needs
- Your dentist will take time and care to ensure you achieve the best result possible
- Stains can reappear on your teeth over time, especially if you smoke or drink tea, coffee or red wine; your dentist can prescribe you gel to ‘top up’ the treatment until your white teeth are restored.
Teeth whitening is suitable for most people aged over 18, but not if you have gum disease, are pregnant or are breastfeeding. It is not effective on false teeth, crowns, veneers or fillings (including tooth-coloured fillings), so you may have to consider replacing these with paler ones to match the colour of your new whiter teeth.