Tooth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental treatment that lightens teeth by removing stains and discolouration. Whitening is often used to help remove stains from teeth caused by tobacco, red wine, coffee and tea. It is also helpful to lighten teeth that appear more yellow with age.
At home whitening is carried out in trays made specially for your mouth from impressions taken by the dentist or hygienist. Whitening gel is provided for you to place in the trays which will need to be worn for a minimum of 2 hours at a time, although most patients wear them overnight. There are different concentrations of gel that can be used and it is important that the right level for you is chosen. Whitening is a fairly safe procedure but there are some side effects that can occur and it is important that a dentist or hygienist performs the procedure to make sure you are aware of these.
Most people would take 2- 3 weeks to whiten their teeth if they used the gels every night. You can also top up your whitening in the future if you feel that you are picking up stain again, so keep your night guards safe!
Whitening costs £275 for a registered patient.