Our practice is committed to helping you to have a smile you can be truly proud of. One of our most popular services is tooth whitening.
Teeth can easily become stained by drinking tea, coffee and red wine or by smoking, and they also tend to darken with age or some medication. Whitening treatment are one of most effective and quickest way to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Having a whitening treatment can take years off the way you look by giving you the smile of your dreams.
Tooth whitening can be a highly effect way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces. It cannot make a complete colour change, but it may lighten the existing shade.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why would I need my teeth whitened?
There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant white teeth, and our teeth can also become more discoloured as we get older.
Your teeth can also be stained on the surface through food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and black currant. Smoking can also stain teeth.
Calculus or tartar can also effect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stain.
What does tooth whitening involve?
Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. We would be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment. This treatment will be fully supervised.
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.
There are three procedures for whitening treatment:
- Home whitening treatment: First, we will make a mouth guard, which is a custom made tray which is designed to fit into your mouth like a gum-shield. For this we need to take an impression of your teeth at the first appointment. You will continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying of the whitening product over two to four weeks, for 30 minutes to one hour at a time.
- Laser whitening or ' Power whitening treatment'. During this procedure we will put gel on your gums to protect the soft tissue, and whitening gel is painted onto your teeth. Then a light or laser is shone on the teeth to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and the colour changes can be achieved more quickly using this procedure. Laser whitening can make teeth up to five or six shades lighter.
- Combination of laser and home whitening treatment.
How long does this treatment take?
We need to assess your teeth to make sure that you are suitable for the treatment. Once it has been agreed, this procedure usually takes approximately one hour.
How much does tooth whitening cost?
Home whitening treatment: £375.00
Laser whitening treatment: £550.00
Combination laser and home whitening treatment: £700.00
How Long will my teeth stay white?
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.
We will discuss this with you prior to your treatment.
What are the side effects?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive during or after the treatment. Others report discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
What are the over- the- counter kits?
Over the counter kits are not recommended as they contain only a small concentration of hydrogen peroxide (the whitening product). The legal limit in the UK is 0.1% of hydrogen peroxide and effective bleaching product needs to have about 3.6%. So home kits will not be able to lighten your teeth noticeably. Also, some contain mild acids and others are abrasive. This can cause ulcers and damage to the gums if the product is not used properly.
What about whitening toothpaste?
There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not effect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining and therefore may improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Whitening toothpaste may also help the effect last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened.
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Can a single tooth which has been root filled be whitened?
Sometimes. Many dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal (which previously contained the nerve) may be reopened. The whitening product is applied working from the inside to whiten the tooth.
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, crown and veneers.
Stained veneers, crown or dentures may need replacing. We will discuss this on your first appointment.
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 drink you have that can stain your teeth. Don't forget, stop smoking can also help prevent discolouring and staining.
We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Teeth Whitening Treatment – Options
There are two different methodologies that can be employed to whiten your teeth.
After an assessment we will be able to tell you whether whitening is suitable for your teeth and what results you can expect. We will also discuss which type of whitening treatment will be best for you.
Zoom in-chair whitening / In-office Teeth Whitening
We offer the in-practice process, using the renowned Zoom teeth whitening system. This state-of-the-art, light activated, whitening system can make your teeth look an average of eight shades lighter in just one visit.
The whole process is completed in four 15 minute cycles., which makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. It’s also simple, safe and pain-free; a whitening gel is applied to the teeth and then activated by a special light while you lie back and relax in the dental chair.
The whitening gels also impregnate the teeth with minerals during the process, strengthening the enamel and giving them a shinier appearance.
After your treatment we provide custom made trays for you to take away with you so you can 'top up' your shade at any time.
Our in-office teeth whitening treatment provides immediate results and requires just an hour of your time. During in-office teeth whitening treatment a whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth. This gel is then activated by a heating agent is applied to the gel to improve the efficacy of the whitening process. At the conclusion of this treatment, which is pain-free, fast, and effective, your teeth will be between 4 to 8 shades whiter.
Take-home Teeth Whitening
The take-home method is designed for individuals who want to whiten their teeth from the comfort of their own home, on their own time. Whereas the in-office treatment can produce noticeable results in just one hour, typically at least two weeks are required for results to manifest themselves in at-home treatment. A whitening gel and tray will be prescribed to the patient. Our dentists will provide instructions on usage, including the frequency and duration of usage. Wearing the whitening tray while at home, individuals can enjoy whiter, brighter teeth without having to commit to an extended dental appointment at our office.
Combination of in surgery and home whitening treatment
In some cases of extreme discoloration it is recommended to have few days of home whitening treatment prior to in surgery treatment or after your in surgery whitening treatment we might recommend to continue the process at home with your trays.
All of the above options are available at Seyf Dental.