Teeth Whitening

The process of tooth whitening lightens the colour of a tooth. Tooth whitening can be achieved by either changing the intrinsic colour of the tooth or by removing and controlling the formation of extrinsic stains. A dental hygienist can help reduce the staining on the outside of the teeth. Only a dentist is allowed to change the internal colour of teeth.

Hydrogen peroxide is used to lighten the internal colour of the teeth and to make the teeth whiter in the process.

There are 2 main ways of doing this:

  • At-home kit: The at-home kit is where we give you the bleaching gel with little covers that fit over the teeth. By sleeping with the covers and gel for a few weeks, the teeth get lighter after that period. This is a very controlled way of doing whitening as the teeth get a little lighter every day and you can stop when you are happy with the shade.
  • In-office whitening: With this procedure, the gel gets applied by your dentist in the dental chair. A laser light is shone onto the gel to accelerate the teeth whitening process. It is also recommended to use the home kit after the ‘in-office’ procedure to help lock in the shade.
    Teeth whitening has no negative effect on the teeth if it is done under the supervision of a dentist. Some people find that their teeth can become sensitive during the procedure but it returns to normal at the end of treatment.

If you would like to learn more about Teeth Whitening please call us at "01865 552978" or Request an appointment.