At Home Tooth Whitening
The dentist takes impressions of your teeth and custom-made trays are made for you in our job. This requires you to wear the clear moulds filled with whitening gel for one hour per day for 14 days to three weeks depending on the shade required.
How long do these trays take?
The trays take only a few days to make and you are then advised to wear the trays for a period of 14 days to allow the whitening gel to work. For some patients it takes more than 14 days to get the best results.
The whitening gel is active for up to 12 hours so some patients choose to wear these trays overnight. However, most of the whitening takes place in the first few hours so if it is only possible to wear them for a couple of hours very good results can still be achieved. If necessary they can also be worn during the day.
After 2 weeks you will need to return to your dentist for a review of the teeth.
Will it hurt?
You may experience some sensitivity in the form of twinges, shooting pains or even a dull ache but this perfectly normal. If you have a tendency to sensitive teeth then there is a greater chance of this happening but it is a temporary state of affairs.
We recommend our patients use a sensitive tooth paste for 1 week before the whitening procedure and as necessary during it.
Any pain or discomfort can be controlled with painkillers. It will, however, sattle down after a day or two.
Will I need to repeat this treatment?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before. To keep your teeth looking their best, we recommend flossing, brushing twice daily, and having them cleaned every 6 months. Some patients like to 'top up' their tooth whitening every few years and gel is available at the surgery for this.
These maintenance or 'top ups' will vary from one patient to another. This depends on the amount and rate of change.
Patients themselves can do a lot to retain their newly whitened smile. This includes brushing teeth twice a day and having regular cleaning appointments with their dentist.
Will it damage my teeth?
No. The effects of this treatment are no different to the effects of any other form of dental treatment.