Teeth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your smile a boost. It is a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure and is non-invasive, simply changing the colour of your teeth without altering the shape. It’s the perfect way to quickly and easily enhance your smile in time for a special occasion. At Weston Cottage Dental the two main forms of whitening we offer are Home Whitening and Philips Zoom Whitening.
Philips Zoom Whitening
Philips Zoom Whitening is carried out within the dental surgery. This in-surgery option involves whitening your teeth under a lamp while you sit on the dental chair. You may choose this option over the home kits, due to the fact this process is performed by a professional and the results are instant.
Home teeth whitening kits comprise custom-made trays and whitening gel. These kits are designed to be used at home, however you will still need to visit the practice so that your whitening trays can be made to measure to fit your teeth exactly, and so your dentist can confirm that home whitening is suitable for you.
As well as our two main forms of whitening, we also offer an ultra-combination package. This package combines both home and in-surgery teeth whitening, to achieve the best results. As with all teeth whitening, the exact change in the shade of your teeth will vary from patient to patient, with most patients noticing a change within two to five weeks.
Who shouldn’t have bleaching?
Before you start teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will assess your suitability. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these should be treated before you start bleaching. Similarly, if you have very sensitive teeth or they have lots of fracture lines, we may not recommend bleaching. Bleaching will not work on implants, false teeth, crowns, fillings or veneers, so you may need to have lighter-coloured replacements fitted if you opt for teeth whitening. The treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for children whose teeth are still developing.
Will it work?
Providing you are suitable for treatment, teeth whitening treatment is usually highly successful, although exact results will vary from patient to patient. Some types of staining, for example tetracycline antibiotic staining, do not respond to bleaching as well as others. Bleaching, if successful, can take longer on tetracycline stained teeth.