It’s hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling white smile, yet our teeth rarely stay as white as we’d like them to without a little help.
Tooth whitening is a procedure used to lighten the colour of your teeth. Teeth can become discoloured due to the natural process of ageing, stained as a result of certain foods and or drinks or as a result of smoking. The whitening effects can last anything from 6 months up to 2 years or more, the effects vary from person to person.
Tooth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It is also perhaps the most economical and safest cosmetic dental procedure with results that can be dramatic.
Professional dental whitening is a regulated industry, therefore results are guaranteed and will arrive quickly, safely and effectively. Buying over the counter whitening products can result in permanent, painful and unsightly damage to your teeth and gums!
Having an oral exam before you begin any whitening process is an important first step to make sure your tooth discolouration is not the result of a dental condition in need of treatment. We begin by doing an examination of your mouth to ensure that you are dentally fit and well and a good candidate for tooth whitening. Your dentist will then go through the options available and once decided, can often start the process on the same day.
The first step to any whitening procedure is to book a consultation with your preferred clinician.
Talk to the team today on 01603-621613.
We offer both in-house bleaching as well as home whitening kits.
In-house whitening enhances and brightens the colour of your teeth but doesn’t significantly whiten your teeth. A combination of both in-house and home whitening offers the best results.
How we do this
A thin plastic device known as a retractor will hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth, while a professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel is applied. The gel is left on for about 40 minutes.
As a patient you will play a greater role in ensuring and achieving your desired level of whiteness. If you are deemed to be a suitable candidate for tooth whitening, the following is how this process works:
Firstly we take a mould of your teeth, from this mould two thin, flexible rubber mouth trays will be custom-made for you.
You then add the whitening gel to your trays and position the trays over your teeth. These trays are then slept in overnight until you have reached your desired result. It may sound complicated, but do not worry, your dentist will demonstrate how easy and simple it is to use!
Caring for your whitened smile
There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible. The length of time that it lasts, varies from person to person; generally speaking it lasts from 6 months to 2 years or more.
Firstly it is very important to maintain your daily routine of brushing and flossing as well as keeping up with your regular schedule of professional cleanings at your Dental Practice.
Avoid foods and beverages that stain, including red wine, tea and coffee. If you do smoke, use your newly whitened teeth as an impetus to quit – a good idea in any event.
A minor touch-up every so often, either at home or at the Practice can keep your smile bright and beautiful for years.
Why choose Corner House Dental for Teeth whitening?
- Full range of implant treatments and quality materials
- 5-star post-treatment care
- Trusted by referral dental practices across Norfolk
- Flexible payment options, including interest free finance*
Tooth whitening FAQs
What is tooth whitening?
This is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment. Teeth naturally become darker and discoloured with age. Lifestyle choices, drinking a lot of tea, coffee, red wine and smoking can also stain and discolour your teeth. With the teeth whitening procedure we can help and whiten your teeth considerably.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Clinical research and safety studies have shown that under supervision of an appropriately trained dentist, tooth whitening is perfectly safe on the teeth, gums, cheeks and other soft tissue.
Why cant a beautician do my bleaching?
It is illegal for a beautician to do dental tooth whitening using tooth-whitening gels. The General Dental Council has established that tooth whitening should only be administered by a qualified Dentist or under the supervision of a qualified dental professional.
Why is our whitening system the best?
At Corner house Dental, we use a bleaching system which is clinically proven to achieve a brighter smile which lasts. We ensure that our system is the best in terms of safety and results. Our bleaching trays are specially designed to seal properly so that no saliva enters and in so doing does not negatively affect the outcome. As clinicians we use special whitening gels with a neutral pH and with the optimum concentration to deliver results that are predictable and that lasts.
How long does tooth whitening last?
Normally the white colour achieved, remains quite stable and can last up to 3 years. This does however depend on the individual and can be affected by diet, oral hygiene, lifestyle choices and age. Some patients may need periodic top-ups to achieve the colour that they have in mind.
How long does it take?
An in house (in surgery) bleaching takes approximately 1 hour. A home kit takes approximately 2 weeks. Using your bleaching trays overnight nightly or if you do not get on with the bleaching trays overnight, then for an hour or more before bedtime, after you have eaten, every day for two weeks. At your review appointment after two weeks you have the option to add in house bleaching, this gives the best results but is not compulsory.
What is the procedure for home bleaching?
First appointment: We take an impression of your teeth in order to have bleaching trays made, this takes fifteen min.
Second appointment: This will be ten days later – your bleaching trays will be ready and you will be given your trays along with a ten minute bleaching instructions appointment.
Two weeks later: Ten minute review with your dentist to see whether you are happy with your results, with the option to have an additional in house bleaching if you would like to get an even whiter result.
How long does in surgery bleaching take?
In surgery bleaching takes plus/minus one hour.
Can i get a top up for my bleaching?
Yes you can, we sell top-up bleaching syringes, which you use with your bleaching trays, when and if you require.
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