Teeth Whitening is the process of making your teeth ‘whiter’ by removing stains and discolouration.
At Smart Dental Care we use Whitewash Laboratories who are leading teeth whitening and oral care manufacturers, their Home Whitening System and other products have been developed and formulated by leading UK dentists.
We are dedicated to ensuring that any products we use or endorse are completely safe for our patients.
- All patients must come in for a consultation with the dentist to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for tooth whitening
- If you are having the Home Whitening, impressions of your teeth will be taken in order to make you a bespoke whitening tray (like a gum shield) that will fit your teeth perfectly
- Your dentist will advise you how to perform the whitening, particularly how long for and how often and answer any questions you have.
If you are not suitable for whitening or would just rather an alternative, visiting the Hygienist regularly can help to remove staining and discolouration. The hygienist can perform deep clean treatments and stain removal and also give advice on how to help prevent further staining. Visit our Hygiene Services page for more information.
Visit our Practice Plan page for information on how to spread the cost of regular hygiene visits.
It is not uncommon to experience tooth sensitivity and / or gum irritation whilst whitening your teeth. This is temporary and NOT harmful. To alleviate symptoms it may be sensible to whiten your teeth on alternate days, until you have used all of the strips. If the problem persists, discontinue use and consult your dentist.
Some people may experience white spots on their teeth after whitening. These white spots are temporary; they are not harmful and will disappear within 24 hours.
The effects can generally last a lifetime but because we drink tea and coffee and eat strongly coloured foods, restaining occurs. We would recommend topping up every 6 months to a year. You will receive 4 whitening gel syringes that should last you around 2-4 years and you can buy top-ups from your practice.
The active ingredient in this teeth whitening gel is hydrogen peroxide, which is a safe and effective means of whitening your teeth, however In the UK and throughout Europe it can only be purchased from a dentist for use under their direct supervision.
This is because before undertaking any form of whitening treatment it is essential that you have a full dental examination to ensure it is safe and you have no contraindications to having your teeth whitened.