Teeth Whitening London
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Teeth Whitening in London
Teeth whitening, sometimes known as teeth bleaching, is one of the few treatments in cosmetic dentistry suitable for almost anyone. So, if you have dark yellow or brown teeth and want them to be lighter and whiter, then teeth bleaching/whitening is possibly the right treatment for you.
Teeth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces, which is necessary with dental veneers or dental crowns.
The total bleaching treatment can be done within 3–4 weeks by our dentist in London. At the first appointment, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to make a mouth guard, known as a bleaching tray. Once the dentist has started the treatment, you will need to continue it at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over 8 evenings at your convenience, for 30 minutes to 1 hour at a time.
Teeth Bleaching Kits & Trays
Whenever we provide whitening/bleaching within our practice, this will be in kit form, with the kit comprising of a bleaching tray and a hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide whitening gel.
The gel will contain a very specific concentration of one of these whitening agents, which is enough to lighten your teeth, and as long as it is not abused, it won’t irritate the surrounding gums.
You will always receive detailed instructions with the bleaching kit, which will tell you how to insert the trays over your teeth correctly and how long you need to wear the trays with the gel inside on each day in order to whiten your teeth.
If you experience any issues with your professional home teeth bleaching kit or have any further questions about the process, simply contact The Dental Centre and a member of our team will be happy to offer advice based on your personalised treatment plan.
Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth Whitening
This is one of the most common forms of teeth bleaching and whitening on the market – but please do not assume that you can use regular hydrogen peroxide to bleach your teeth.
You may have seen videos on YouTube where people describe how they have whitened their teeth using conventional hydrogen peroxide. However, this is very dangerous, as it is highly likely to burn the soft tissue or gums around your teeth in addition to damaging your tooth enamel.
The bleaching gel provided to dentists is specially formulated, exclusively for use by dental practices, and cannot be obtained legally anywhere else.
This means you can be totally assured that the whitening treatment you receive from The Dental Centre London will whiten your teeth to the shade you require under the high standard of care delivered by our qualified dental practitioners.
Teeth Whitening Side-Effects
The most common side effect of teeth whitening and bleaching is sensitivity. A major benefit of the home whitening system we offer is that you are in full control of the whitening process yourself. So, if you find that your teeth become too sensitive, you can simply stop the treatment.
Generally speaking, people may find that sensitivity arises for a day or so after they have finished the whitening process, and then rapidly subsides.
This is yet another reason why you should always go to a dentist for your teeth whitening treatment in London, and never go to a non-qualified beautician or even a hair salon. These practices are not properly trained to deal with the sensitivity of the teeth, should this occur.
Very occasionally, you may experience some irritation of the gums around the teeth where the whitening gel touches the gum tissue. To help avoid this, we design our whitening trays in such a way as to ensure that the gel does not leak out onto the gum area, therefore minimising any risk of gum irritation as a side-effect from teeth bleaching.
People who live and work in London often have high-pressure jobs where looking good is important, and whitening teeth is a great way to improve appearance and boost confidence. Don’t let concerns about side effects put you off – visit our dentist in London to learn how teeth whitening could benefit you directly from the experts.
Is Teeth Whitening Available on the NHS?
As a purely cosmetic treatment, tooth whitening is not available on the NHS, so we recommend you get a written estimate of the costs before starting any treatment.
The effects of whitening are thought to last up to 1–3 years, but this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last if you smoke or consume products that can stain your teeth, so you may have to adjust your lifestyle habits to get the most value out of your investment.
Please ask your dentist for their professional opinion at the initial consultation – The Dental Centre can recommend a treatment plan and explain the payment options available to you after assessing your teeth.
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Teeth Whitening in London FAQ's
If you’ve been told that teeth whitening can ruin your teeth, damage your enamel, or remove a layer of your tooth, you’ve been misled.
As specialists in cosmetic dentistry, we are often asked whether the procedure is safe, and the simple answer is that yes – teeth whitening is completely safe, when done properly. Professional tooth whitening, like that we do here at The Dental Centre, can enhance your natural smile with no serious implications.
However, it is important to research the whitening products you’re using in order to avoid any dangerous or harmful results. Whilst research has highlighted that there are no significant or long-term risks associated with professional teeth whitening both at home or at the dentist, many of the kits you can buy online contain inappropriate and often harmful ingredients.
If you’re looking for safe and effective tooth whitening, please get in touch – we’d be happy to help.
Typically, our in-clinic teeth whitening sessions take between three and four weeks to have their full effect. However, the results may vary and can depend on how discoloured your natural teeth are.
We will be able to give you a clearer idea of how long treatment will be after an initial consultation.
We offer an at home tooth whitening kit that puts you in control of your treatment, which is particularly helpful if you have sensitive teeth. This is largely down to the fact that you can make your treatment sessions shorter if you’re finding the process is making your teeth too sensitive.
Whilst tooth whitening is known to cause tooth sensitivity, this typically subsides after a day or so.
Whilst there is nothing stopping you from living your life as normal between whitening sessions, certain lifestyle habits such as smoking, drinking caffeine or certain alcohols like red wine will be more likely to reduce how effective – or how long lasting – the results of your treatment are.
That’s because these things can cause staining on the surface of your teeth, leading to a reduction in how bright they are and so we generally advise patients to avoid these things for the best results.
Most teeth will benefit from teeth whitening in London, but the more severe the staining, the more intense your treatment may need to be. There are two main types of teeth whitening: bleaching and non-bleaching. Bleaching teeth involves using a bleaching agent, such as hydrogen peroxide, to remove stains and discolouration. Non-bleaching teeth whiteners use abrasives or chemicals to remove stains without bleach. If you have very discoloured or yellow teeth, you may also need to have your teeth professionally cleaned before you can see results from teeth whitening.
Professional teeth whitening in London is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures available and for good reason! Results from this affordable cosmetic treatment can last for several months, but it’s important to note that it’s not permanent and will need to be repeated over time to maintain the desired level of whiteness. Teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of your teeth though, so repeating treatment won’t cause any harm, though could cause some sensitivity.
One of the most common questions teeth whitening patients have is whether or not the treatment will be painful. The good news is that professional teeth whitening in London is a relatively painless process. Some people may experience slight sensitivity to the teeth-whitening gel, but this is usually temporary and goes away within a few days. In rare cases, teeth whitening can cause gum irritation, but this can be mitigated by using a teeth whitening gel with a low concentration of peroxide. Overall, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to achieve a brighter smile, with minimal discomfort.