Thank-you for considering tooth whitening.
Tooth whitening is now available in 2 forms- take-home and in-office. Both forms are safe and effective treatments with permanent results for up to 12 months.
The take-home system is simple, effective and re-usable. The whitening solution is applied to the customised trays and inserted into the mouth for a minimum of 2-4 hours per day for 2 weeks. The trays should last for a long time and additional whitening solution is available from us if required at a later date.
The in-office system uses a higher concentration solution that is applied in the surgery. The solution is activated by a blue uv light and takes approximately 1 hour to complete the process. While it is not necessary to use the take-home system following this procedure, the trays are available at a discounted fee for future use.
Sensitivity while whitening is normal and most people experience it to some degree. This is generally mild and temporary and a number of options are available to reduce the risks.
It is advisable to have a full check-up and clean to remove any staining that will not be removed by whitening alone. It is also important to note that whitening will not lighten dental fillings/crowns/etc as effectively as it does natural tooth structure.
While there is no specific problem with whitening during pregnancy it is advisable not to whiten if you are pregnant or breast-feeeding.
Tooth Whitening Instructions
The take-home system is simple, effective and re-usable. You need to apply a very small amount of solution to the tray and as a general guideline each syringe should last for 3 applications. You should brush and floss your teeth before each use. If there is too much solution in the tray it will tend to spill out and we suggest that you remove the excess with a cotton bud. It is recommended to whiten for a minimum of 2-4 hours per day for 2 weeks.
While you are whitening it is advisable to avoid eating and drinking with them in and avoid foods/drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking. It is advisable to cease tooth whitening if you experience any allergic reaction.
Sensitivity while whitening is normal and most people experience it to some degree- we will discuss with you at your examination whether we believe you are high or low risk. If you do experience sensitivity please contact us, however in general we would advise the following options:
- use a sensitive toothpaste
- whiten for fewer hours per day or stop completely for a few days
- use tooth mousse (not suitable for those with milk allergies) which is available from us for a small fee. This can be applied using your whitening trays
We would advise not to whiten if you are pregnant or breast-feeeding.
Your trays should last for a long time. Rinse them in cold water after use and store them safely in the container provided. If you require more whitening solution in the future this is available from us for a small fee.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us on 52295811.