Tooth whitening is a process by which the discolorations on and within the tooth structure are lightened. The process works as the active ingredient breaks down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine and the stains are dissolved and discolouration reduced.
Teeth naturally discolour with age, which sometimes can make you feel self-conscious about smiling in public. Smoking, eating colourful foods or drinking coffee or red wine will also contribute to the yellowing of teeth over time.
Some discolouration may occur within the tooth itself e.g. some antibiotics used at childhood, trauma and more commonly ageing. There are alternative ways to change the colour of teeth, namely veneers, crowns or tooth coloured fillings, though these may involve some removal of the natural tooth substance.
At Aldgate House Dental Care, a gel is used in custom made trays, which accurately fit over the teeth and takes 1-2 weeks on average. The trays are checked for fit and the bleach syringes and instructions given. The trays are to be worn every day for 30 – 40 minutes (if the teeth do not become too sensitive), or every second or third day to achieve results. Alternatively, they can be slept in overnight, for this a different concentration of bleach will be provided.
This is done in the surgery using a strong solution and sometimes a specialized light and takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes. A barrier is placed to protect the gums and cheeks and keep the soft tissues out of the way. The lightening gel is mixed and applied to the teeth, which is then can be activated with or without specialized light depending on material used. However the results are considerably enhanced when combined with some home bleaching. This is done in Surgery and a home kit would be available on a special price.
Please book an appointment online so that we can assess the condition of your teeth. You can use our quick and easy enquiry form or call 020 7247 5378 to speak to a friendly member of the Aldgate House Dental team.
At Aldgate House Dental Care, we pride ourselves on being clear and honest about all of our treatments. We have a friendly and professional team that are happy to answer any questions you may have. Take the first step by booking your consultation online or calling 020 7247 5378 today.