How long will the treatment last?
Treatment, which involves us taking an impression of teeth and manufacturing in our laboratory bespoke gel ‘trays’ to fit over them, generally lasts up to 28 days and is carried out by the patient after instruction from our clinicians. The trays that hold the bleaching gel are soft, comfortable to wear and look similar to a gum shield. We will prescribe the formula concentration and advise on how long the trays should be worn.
Is tooth whitening cosmetic dentistry?
Yes. As your teeth have to be healthy as an essential prerequisite for the tooth whitening process to begin, this therapy is more about looks than oral health. It can, however, provide a big confidence boost and age-defying smiles.
Will my older restorations be affected?
No. But you do need to consider that any crowns and veneers, which may have successfully matched teeth previously, will no longer have the same aesthetic quality as the bleach cannot lighten any pre-existing dental restorations.
What are the side effects?
Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive during or after the treatment and others may have discomfort in the gums. These symptoms should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing, but if any continue we’re always here to have a look at what’s going on.
DIY tooth bleaching alert
The internet is awash with DIY tooth bleaching remedies. Please, for the benefit of your teeth, do not go there!
In recent times tooth whitening has been the focus of robust policing by the General Dental Council and articles in the national press have outlined the potential dangers of these alternative approaches. See our blog post on the dangers of DIY tooth whitening.
North Street Dental and Implant Clinic is a General Dental Council (GDC) registered practice and as such its bleaching systems are strictly regulated and approved by its governing body.