Our teeth whitening or bleaching treatments are carried out by qualified dental professionals using Zoom! professional teeth whitening technology.
If you are concerned about the colour of your teeth, we recommend a whitening treatment to brighten your smile and increase your confidence. The treatment is fast, easy and provides instant results. Whitening is one of our most popular treatments we have many happy patients.
We offer two types of whitening treatments, we have an in surgery treatment with instant results, or you can have custom made trays to wear at home over a period of 2 weeks. You would wear the trays at night with a small amount of whitening gel applied.
Both treatments require a consultation, if you choose the home option we will take impressions of your teeth so that custom trays can be made at our dental laboratory. At your next visit you will collect your trays, whitening gel and usage guide.
If you choose the in practice treatment, the procedure will last up to 2 hours and a stronger gel is applied to your teeth, with a blue laser light which is shined onto your teeth.
Whitening can often make your teeth feel sensitive for a short period after treatment. We will advise on how to minimise any discomfort.
After treatment, you will also need to stick to white foods for a transition phase. This is very important as bleaching will temporarily dehydrate your teeth, making them more absorbent. There is a risk therefore that if you smoke, have tea, coffee, red wine and curry or tomato and dark coloured foods, these will stain your teeth. So for a short time as advised, it will be necessary to stick to white foods such as milk, soft white cheese, white rice, white pasta, chicken etc as an example.
This is a temporary measure and is advised to protect your teeth and enhance your results.
As a rule, to ensure you maintain a bright white smile for as long as possible, you should also consider factors which lead to staining, this includes smoking, dark foods and sauces, and drinks like tea, coffee and red wine.
Many patients wonder how white they can go, the answer depends on your current shade but the whitening treatments will make a noticeable difference and will lift your shade by 3 – 5 shades as an example.
We will demonstrate this when you attend your consultation with our shade chart showing precise tooth shades. Whitening treatments are great if you have a special occasion coming up. Please also see our cosmetic dentistry page.