Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is 'whitened' to a lighter shade.

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Teeth Whitening

This professional bleaching technique is the most used treatment of lightening up existing shade of teeth.

Teeth whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.

Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.



Some of the most frequently asked questions from patients are about tooth whitening.


Q. Can I Whiten My Teeth?

All natural tooth surfaces can be lightened to give a whiter brighter smile. Always consult your dentist first as many front teeth have discreet tooth coloured fillings, veneers and crowns which cannot change colour.

Q. How Can I Get White Teeth For My Big Day?

Whether it’s a wedding or special event, planning ahead will ensure optimum results for a smile you will want to show off for photos. Depending on the degree of whitening desired it can take as little as a few nights or as much as several weeks to achieve results. Early consultation with your dentist will help formulate the best treatment plan for you.

Q. I Have Veneers/Crowns, Can I Still Get White Teeth?

It all depends which teeth you want to change the appearance of. Veneers crowns and white fillings cannot change colour, but if it is the natural teeth which have darkened with time it may be possible to use tooth whitening to freshen them up to blend better with the existing restorations.

Q. Can I Whiten My Sensitive Teeth?

Modern whitening products are formulated with desensitising agents to reduce the temporary sensitivity some people experience when whitening. Always fully consult your dentist as there are many causes of sensitivity and they should be addressed first in order to minimise any possible discomfort.

Q. Do Tooth Whitening Products I Can Buy Work?

There are many toothpastes and whitening gels available to buy in the shops and online. Some specialised toothpastes such as ‘Enlighten’ and ‘Janina’ use patented safe ingredients to gently break down surface stains over time. These are best used in conjunction with regular visits to your dental hygienist to remove the hard deposits which attract dietary stains. Please speak to your dentist or hygienist about these special toothpastes and your suitability. Also it is really worthwhile investing in a decent electric toothbrush to minimise stain and plaque build up and maintain your clean teeth. Major chemists and online providers will often put these on special offer several times a year.

I’m the UK it is not legal to provide an effective level of whitening agent without a prescription from a registered dental professional.

Q. I Can’t Whiten My Teeth – What Can I Do?

For those patients with restored anterior teeth or a medical reason not to use whitening products, the options may be more limited. Composite bonding and veneers are often used to improve the appearance of deeply set resistant staining. Please ask your dental clinician for advice for your individual situation.

Q. Is Tooth Whitening Safe?

When performed under the care of a regulated dental professional tooth whitening is safe and effective.
In common with many medications, guidelines are in place to protect vulnerable people and we do not advise tooth whitening during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

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Philips Tooth Whitening

Home whitening

First visit: Moulds of upper and lower teeth (15 minutes) with shade of current teeth taken.

Second visit: Collection of trays and demonstration on how to place gel into trays with instructions (15 minutes).

Third visit: Review of teeth after 2 weeks of home whitening (15 minutes).

Evidence suggests 4-8 shades lighter.

Evolution Tooth Whitening

Enlighten Whitening

Three visits as above but the third visit will consist of 40 minutes in the dental chair. The treatment will be 2x 20 minutes of wearing trays with a special gel to finish of treatment.

Evidence suggests 8-16 shades lighter, superior tray fit with seal and less sensitivity complaints.

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Our practice has been established since 1973 and we are a committed team of 11 dentists, 5 hygienists and dental nurses dedicated to providing high quality dental care to our patients in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We realise that to many patients continuity is an important consideration. The last thing they want is a different dentist at every visit. We have an incredibly loyal and motivated team, which between them have almost 200 years of service to the practice.

The practice ethos has always been to promote dental health by prevention, whilst repairing the results of time and decay to the highest standard. Combined there is a huge range of experience and expertise to call upon so if you have a specific need there will always be some one within the practice to fulfil it.

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