Teeth whitening is a very popular cosmetic treatment to improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. At our local clinic in Stourbridge it couldn't be easier to whiten your teeth.
Its important to book yourself in with a dentist so they can examine your teeth and check that they are healthy. Your teeth and gums need to be healthy before undergoing any form of cosmetic treatment, as any underlying problems can be made worse if left untreated, or even irritated by the whitening agent.
We strongly urge patients to not use any over the counter whitening kits, or going to a non-dental professional. As dentists and a dental practice, we are closely regulated by the GDC and CQC. Your health and well being is all of our joint top priority.
Once you have the go ahead from your dentist, the next step couldn't be easier.
We taken an impression of your mouth using a putty like material in a dental tray. When this sets, it gives us a mold of your teeth. These trays are sent off to the dental laboratory for your custom trays to be made.
It is important a good impression of your mouth is taken and that the trays used are 100% bespoke for your teeth. Ill fitting trays will not be as effective, as the whitening agent will not have good contact with your teeth and could lead to uneven whitening, or just poor effects.
It takes around 2-3 weeks for the trays to come back to the practice. The fit appointment is relatively straight forward. We will show you how to wear your new trays and how to apply the gel into each segment of the tray. When applying the whitening agent, less is more. The agent used is safe, but if too much is used, it can spill over the tops of the trays and cause sore gums. This isn't permanent soreness, but can be unpleasant as it occurs.
Depending on your own individual case, your dentist will advise you how long to wear your trays each day, and over what period of time (usually over a 2 weeks period).
We will review your teeth after you have gone home and whitened them for a couple of weeks. We will check the shade of your new tooth colour to see if we have reached the desired result, compared to what they were like when you first came in.
In some cases, you may be advised to continue whitening them for a period bit longer.
How Long Will Whitening Last?
Whitening is not a permanent treatment, and over time teeth will start to discolour again, which is directly influenced by your lifestyle (smoking, red wine, coffee etc).
With the home whitening trays you can top up your whitening effects on a regular basis. The whiter your teeth are, the more frequent you will need to do so. We would recommend every 3-4 months wearing your trays with whitening agents for a couple of days (2-4 hours a session). You can achieve nice natural white results without having to do it too regularly.
Does Whitening Hurt?
If you use too much gel, it can come into contact with the gums and cause some irritation. Even though its not permanent, this can be slightly painful. Everyone is different, and you may experience some sensitivity when whitening your teeth. Using a toothpaste such as sensodyne, can help with your sensitivity issues and a trick can be to wear your trays over night with the sensodyne in (rather than the whitening gel).
How White Are My Teeth Likely To Go?
This will be dependent on your teeth and certain lifestyle factors. To give you a better idea, please do not hesitate to call us and book in for your teeth whitening dental assessment.