Teeth lose their natural whiteness as we get older. Through picking up stains from food and drinks that we consume, as well as the white enamel wearing away, our teeth become darker in colour.
Teeth whitening treatment is a safe and effective method of removing stains from teeth. Using a chemical reaction to break down stain molecules trapped in the dentine and the enamel, whitening lightens the shade of your teeth without changing anything about your natural teeth, other than the colour.
What’s involved with whitening treatment?
We always like to start with a hygiene appointment so any surface stains are properly removed. Once your teeth are properly cleaned, we take digital scans of your mouth so we can have the mouth trays made off-site.
Once we receive the custom-made mouth trays along with your whitening kit, we invite you back so we can talk through the treatment. To achieve the lightest shade, it usually takes 14 days to reach that perfect colour.
You get to keep your mouth tray as you may need to top-up your whiter smile in the future. Even after the treatment, you can start to pick up stains again. All you need is top-up gels and you can get your smile back to it’s dazzling shade.
Can I have whitening?
If you have sensitive teeth, it may be worth us checking if you will be able to have the treatment comfortably. We use a whitening gel that is low in concentration and there is little to no issue with sensitivity. If you notice a little discomfort during treatment, you can stop at any time.
What if I have crowns, a bridge or veneers?
Dental restorations are colour-matched to your smile so as yours whitens, they will remain at their colour. Often made from porcelain or ceramic, crowns and bridges don’t whiten like natural teeth. Once the treatment has ended, we can replace these restorations with new ones that are colour-matched to your new shade.
What teeth whitening treatments do we offer?
We offer both in-surgery and home whitening options at Distinctive Dentistry. For in-surgery whitening, we offer a new system called BlancOne, and Philips Zoom for home whitening treatments.
BlancOne is suitable for patients who have already whitened their teeth and would like a top-up at the same time as their hygiene appointment, your BlancOne treatment will usually take around 40 minutes, which includes a hygiene appointment.
If you are new to whitening, we can offer an initial in-surgery whitening treatment, which you then follow up with an at home kit. If you’d prefer you can also opt for just the home treatment kit.
In-surgery whitening involves you sitting in front of a blue light lamp, which activates the whitening gel that we place carefully onto your teeth. We don’t need to place any barriers onto your gums, like some in-surgery whitening treatments, making the experience a more pleasant one.
At home whitening requires you to place whitening gel into custom made trays, which you wear preferably overnight. If you use just this option to whiten your teeth for the first time, it usually takes around 14 days to achieve your desired shade. Combining the in-surgery treatment with at home whitening trays may reduce the amount of time it takes to achieve your desired shade.
As and when you wish to top-up your treatment, you could use the trays which you would have kept after your first treatment, or you can visit us for an in-surgery top-up at your next hygiene appointment.