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Tooth whitening is a procedure frequently carried out when a patient is unhappy with the shade of their teeth. It lightens the teeth, making them ‘whiter’.
Typically, you will have a consultation with a dentist before treatment, they will assess the mouth. It is important that patients are dentally fit and the mouth is stable prior to tooth whitening. impressions will be taken for your whitening trays. These will be provided, alongside the whitening gel. The whitening gel and custom-made trays can be used at home daily, for typically up to 2 weeks to gain optimal results. If everything is healthy,
No, not everyone is suitable for tooth whitening. Our dentists will assess your mouth with a thorough examination prior to the whitening procedure to ensure it is safe. If you are not a suitable candidate, we can talk about alternative options.
Unfortunately, any dental work in the mouth before whitening will not change colour with the procedure. This is anything that is artificial and includes; metal fillings, white fillings, crowns or caps, and bridgework. Implants and implant-retained prostheses will also not change colour either.
Don’t worry, we will discuss this with you beforehand and there will be an opportunity to replace these if required
No, tooth whitening should not be painful if carried out correctly by the appropriate dental professional. Some patients report sensitivity during the procedure which is a normal side effect. Our dentists are appropriately trained to ensure the correct procedure and protection of your teeth and gums.
Tooth whitening is a safe and effective procedure, however, there are some disadvantages.
Tooth whitening does not last forever and your smile could become darker again in time, this depends on the amount of heavily staining foods, drinks you consume. It is also significant if you smoke as this can also cause the smile to darken quicker. The great news is that whitening can be easily maintained and topped up with regular dental appointments.
Some people notice sensitivity during the procedure however this is easily treated with the use of special sensitivity toothpaste.
Whitening costs vary pending on the type of treatment you chose. Please book in for your FREE consultation today with our treatment co-ordinator and we can go through the different options available and personalize your treatment.
Hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide are the agents used in professional bleaching procedures. The peroxide enters the teeth and whitens the inside layers (dentin) of the teeth.
The best answer to this question is: it depends. Some people smoke. Some people drink coffee, tea, or red wine every day. Some people drink only an occasional coffee drink. These foods, beverages, and habits will stain your teeth. A good rule of thumb is that if it will stain a white shirt, it will stain your teeth. So, if you never do things that stain your teeth, then your whitening results will last a long time. If you do, the results will more quickly fade over time. The bright side (pun intended!) is that after the teeth whitening procedure, you can touch-up occasionally to restore your bright smile. One night every 2 months will usually do or alternatively one week every year. You can always purchase more whitening gel from us and use your retained custom fit trays
Crest Whitestrips do work, but not as well as the professional systems we provide at Alverna House. Crest Whitestrips use a lower concentration peroxide gel in pre-formed strips that you stick to your teeth. It’s like a prescription: you can buy an over-the-counter aspirin for your headache and it will help the pain, however, your doctor can prescribe a much stronger pain killer
You can expect that with an Alverna House professional whitening system your teeth will get on average 3 to 5 shades whiter. If your teeth are already very bright to start with, they may only get a couple of shades lighter as there is a limit to how white natural teeth can get. Until you reach this plateau, the more you whiten, the whiter your teeth will get. For people who want their teeth whiter than nature will allow or people who want the maximum results immediately, porcelain veneers or composite veneers are an excellent treatment option. Veneers are not limited to nature’s plateaus, and they give you the freedom to choose any shade you desire for your smile.