Our teeth change over time, and one of the most visible signs is the colour of our teeth. The foods we eat, our lifestyle and the ageing process can all play a part. More people than ever are choosing tooth whitening as an aesthetic solution.

Is whitening for me?

Whitening is suitable for most people with healthy teeth and gums but it will not change the colour of crowns, veneers or other dental work. Before we start the process we will always carry out an assessment to make sure it is right for you.

What happens once I’ve decided to go ahead with whitening?

Following an assessment of the teeth and mouth your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. This will be used to create a tray that will fit neatly over your teeth, to hold the whitening agent in place. Most people find it more convenient to wear the trays overnight so the solution works as they sleep. A course of treatment normally takes between two and six weeks.

There may be short term mild sensitivity if the whitening solution comes into contact with gums. This usually eases when treatment is complete.

How long will the effects last?

The results can vary depending on lifestyle so the lifespan of whitening treatment will differ from person to person. We generally find that the teeth are brighter for around two years, but drinking tea, coffee, red wine and smoking cause staining which will limit the whitening effect.

We normally advise our patients to hold on to the whitening trays in case they want to top up the treatment at a later date.