Tooth whitening is one of the UK’s most popular dental cosmetic procedures. Carried out under the supervision of our experienced dental practitioners, whitening is a safe, reliable and effective treatment that can reverse many of the visible signs of ageing and dramatically improve your smile and self confidence.
What are the benefits of whitening?
For the majority of people, the benefits are cosmetic. Over time our teeth change; the ageing process, repeated exposure to coffee, tea, red wine and strongly coloured curry or pasta sauces all make their mark. Those who smoke will find their teeth darken even more quickly. Tooth whitening is a non-invasive, effective way to brighten your teeth and the results can be seen quickly.
How does tooth whitening treatment work?
Treatment involves the use of a whitening gel that releases a safe level of hydrogen peroxide into the tooth to bleach out deep as well as surface staining from natural teeth. Some people may experience sensitivity but this subsides once the course of treatment has been completed.
There are many whitening treatments on the market, here at Contemporary Dental we offer three options for people looking for a brighter smile.
Take home whitening
Our take home treatment begins with an initial consultation to examine the mouth and give you the opportunity to discuss your specific requirements. To ensure the best results from treatment we usually recommend a thorough clean by the hygienist prior to beginning the whitening procedure.
During the initial consultation we take impressions of the teeth and, from these, create custom-fit mouth trays. We show you how to use the prescribed whitening gel, fit the trays over your teeth and talk you through the guidelines for usage.
The take home course of treatment normally takes 10-14 days. The gel penetrates the enamel to break up stains deep inside the tooth, allowing the teeth to gradually whiten until they reach the desired degree of whitening.
For the best outcome we strongly advise that you avoid black coffee, red wine, etc. during the treatment period.
As with the take home treatment we begin with an initial assessment of your teeth and we recommend a thorough cleaning by the hygienist to attain the best possible results from treatment.
There are two elements to treatment – PhillipsZoom™ lamp and a high quality hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel which, used together, will result in brighter, whiter teeth. You can choose to whiten the teeth by a couple of shades for a subtle brightening effect or up to XX shades for a more noticeable transformation.
During treatment a special whitening gel is applied to the teeth. This is followed by an application of the Philips Zoom™ lamp. Treatment consists of two or three 10-minute applications with a rinse off and rest in between.
This option combines the in-surgery and take home whitening for the very best results. Following in-surgery whitening with the Philips Zoom™ lamp you will be given whitening trays that can be used at home at a convenient time to achieve your preferred level of whitening.
While you’ll see a difference following a one-off whitening treatment, after several months of eating and drinking normally, the teeth will develop new stains and begin to discolour again. For this reason we offer whitening memberships to keep on top of any discolouration and maintain the effects of treatment.
Platinum, £20 per month: One dental examination and two hygiene cleans to keep your teeth in top condition, as well as free whitening gel tops ups to retain a bright white smile.
Gold, £15 per month: One dental examination and one hygiene clean to keep your smile in great condition, as well as two whitening gel top ups to maintain your smile at home.