Teeth whitening is one of the single most impactful ways to improve your smile. It is simple, effective, safe and delivers great value for money, making it one of the most popular dental cosmetic treatments available.
There are several different whitening methods and strategies. The most popular and simple method of whitening teeth, with the most predictable outcome and least sensitivity problems, is at-home whitening. Custom made bleaching trays are made to fit your teeth which you wear either for one hour during the day, or overnight. Treatment times vary. Best results average around 2-4 weeks. Treatment is adjusted throughout the period to get an even whitening effect across all teeth.
In-chair whitening is another option. Since hydrogen peroxide levels are now the same in at home whitening as for in-chair whitening, the only benefit to in-chair whitening is reduced treatment time and single-visit convenience. This is useful if you have an event coming up within a few days of treatment.
More complex cases involving damaged teeth may benefit from whitening alongside some replacement dentistry. You can book a free consultation with us to assess your case and take you through the options best for you.
Do I need to see the dentist or hygienist before whitening?
Before embarking on treatment, you will have a free, 15 minute consultation to assess your suitability for whitening. This is a fairly superficial check-up, so we would ideally recommend a full dental check-up, with x-rays, to fully assess any underlying issues.
A hygienist appointment is a good idea, as they can get rid of any plaque or tartar adhered to your teeth, allowing for a more even whitening of the whole tooth surface.