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Home-Based Teeth Whitening

Home-Based Teeth Whitening

We’ve seen thousands of patients grow in confidence thanks to a brighter, whiter smile. Our home-based teeth whitening treatments are safe and effective, and come with the professional advice of one of 33 Dental’s trusted dental professionals.

The best way to keep your smile healthy and bright is to look after your teeth and gums. However, it’s not unusual to need a little help. Perhaps you smoke, or your teeth have been stained by tea, coffee or red wine. They may also lose their whiteness with age. Fortunately, our professional teeth bleaching treatments can repair discolouration quickly and safely without damaging the enamel or any other part of your teeth.

Can any dentist perform teeth whitening?

Only dental professionals registered with the General Dental Council, like our dentists, are allowed to whiten teeth. Whichever whitening option we recommend for you, you can be sure it’s safe and effective. Plus, you’ll have a helpful initial consultation† where we’ll:

  • Check that your teeth and gums are healthy and suitable for whitening
  • Discuss the best teeth whitening option for you
  • Show you on a chart what shade of white you can expect to achieve and to ensure a natural-looking result
  • Give you an idea of how long it will take; depending on your treatment, this could be anything from 2 to several weeks.

How long will the teeth whitening procedure take?

The dentist will take impressions (‘moulds’) of your top and bottom teeth and make bespoke trays (out of thin plastic) which holds the teeth whitening gel. Treatments are tailor made, and not something you can buy from over the counter elsewhere. Your dentist will give you a teeth whitening kit, with trays and gel, to take home. The tray should be worn as recommended by your dentist and most people wear them overnight. It may take a few weeks to achieve the shade of white you’re looking for, most patients achieve their desired shade in 2-4 weeks.

Home whitening is also provided as a top-up after whitening at the Practice.

Your whitening treatment should last for up to three years. This can vary a bit from person to person, but mostly it’s about how well you look after your teeth after treatment. So we recommend:

  • Regular check-ups with your dentist and visits to the hygienist for a scale and polish
  • Properly cleaning your teeth at home and flossing
  • Stopping or at least cutting down on smoking

Also, avoid acidic and foods and beverages that can cause staining, such as:

  • Black teas and coffee
  • White and red wine
  • Sports drinks
  • Carbonated beverages (dark and light-coloured sodas)
  • Berries and other strongly-coloured foods
  • Sauces (soy, tomato, curries)

Can sensitive teeth also be whitened?

Sensitivity is common among teeth whitening patients. The condition causes heightened sensitivity in response to things such as hot and cold drinks, certain sweet foods, and contact with the teeth (especially during teeth brushing). Mild discomfort from this temporary increased sensitivity is expected to last for no longer than around 48 hours.

If you do suffer from sensitivity after teeth whitening, we recommend these tips:

  • After your treatment (when sensitivity is at its highest), use a prescribed toothpaste and/or gel specifically designed to cope with sensitivity. In most cases, this sensitivity will only last around 48 hours at most – you can switch back to your regular toothpaste after this period.
  • When brushing your teeth, be gentle. Use a soft bristled brush and lukewarm water instead of cold to take some of the sting out of your sensitive teeth. We would also advise that you leave the toothpaste in your mouth for a few minutes after you’ve finished brushing and before rinsing to give it some extra time to work.
  • When using home whitening kits, place a toothpaste for sensitive teeth into the trays and apply to the teeth for 20 minutes after whitening. This can drastically reduce the amount of sensitivity.
  • For a couple of days after your treatment, try to steer clear of hot and cold drinks – we would recommend trying to avoid hot drinks like tea and coffee anyway as these can stain your newly whitened teeth.

If you are considering home-based tooth whitening, make an appointment to discuss your needs with one of our friendly staff. We will recommend a product to help achieve your goals.

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COVID-19 update

Many of you will be aware that during the latest Covid 19 update dental practices have been given the green light to re-open the surgery from 8th June. Whilst this is good news, there are a number of procedures that we have being putting in place to make treatment safe for our patients and staff, as we are sure you will appreciate, this is taking some time to set up.

Our intention is, if at all possible to commence opening on the 8th June but this is entirely dependent on our ability to obtain training and appropriate PPE which as you know there is a great shortage of. This equipment will be essential for us to be able to operate.

From 8th- 29th of June we will be prioritising the most urgent of cases including those who have been experiencing problems during this lockdown period. We will contact you directly to arrange an appointment. This period may be extended if required.

Rest assured we are trying our utmost to source this PPE as soon as possible to enable us to extend our treatment further to include fillings, crown/bridge work, root treatments and surgical extractions, scale & polish ect.

We anticipate that it will be several weeks before we will be able to commence these more advanced procedures.

This is a rapidly changing environment which we are adapting to as quickly as we possibly can. We really appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this difficult period and look forward to welcoming you back to the practice soon.

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