Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change; but it will lighten the existing shade.

There are a number of reasons why you might choose to have your teeth whitened. Everyone is different and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so does our tooth colour. Very few people have naturally brilliant white teeth, and our teeth can become further discoloured as we age.

The surface of your teeth can be stained through the consumption of food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant juice. Smoking can also stain teeth.

Calculus or tartar can affect the colour of teeth. Some people may have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which take up stains.

Professional bleaching is the most common form of tooth whitening. We will be able to tell you if you are suitable for the treatment, and will supervise it if you are.

The process involves simply making a set of closely fitting trays (similar to a thin flexible mouthguard) that you take home and use to apply the whitening agent to your teeth, repeated on consecutive days for 2-3 weeks the result is effective and long lasting.

The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is lightened.

Whitening treatment and composite replacement by Alex Munro

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