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Teeth Whitening


Teeth Whitening

Have you always dreamed of having a Hollywood white smile?

Unfortunately, various foods and drinks such as red wine, tea, coffee, cola and many more can discolour the look of your teeth. Smoking can also make teeth look yellow. Even antibiotics can discolour your teeth, not to mention the natural ageing process. All of which can leave you feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, particularly in photographs.

Teeth whitening is a popular treatment to revive the look of your natural teeth. It is one of the best ways to get a brighter smile.

Teeth Whitening Dentist in Wythenshawe, Manchester

For over 50 years, we have been providing expert dental care including Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, Preventative Dentistry and Orthodontic Services to the local communities of Wythenshawe, Altrincham, Hale, Heald Green and Timperley.

What Does Teeth Whitening Involve?

A professional teeth whitening treatment uses chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide to lift stains from the surface of the tooth to lighten the shade of your teeth.

Our at-home teeth whitening treatment allows you to get whiter teeth in a way that is safe and convenient.

The process begins with a thorough consultation where we will check the suitability of your teeth for teeth whitening treatment. Please note that teeth whitening is not suitable for dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and crowns.

Once we’ve given your teeth the go-ahead we will take impressions of your teeth. The impressions will allow us to create trays that will perfectly fit your teeth. The trays work by the use of whitening gel which is inserted into the trays to lighten your teeth.

We will explain how to apply the teeth whitening gel into the trays, including how often the trays need to be worn.

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May 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Benefits Of Teeth Whitening?

First and foremost, a professional teeth whitening treatment is going to greatly improve the look of your smile, particularly if your teeth are stained or discoloured.

Our smile is how we communicate with others particularly when talking or having our photograph taken. It is an area of our appearance that cannot be covered up if we aren’t happy with it, leading people to feel self conscious or embarrassed about the colour of their teeth.

However, teeth whitening is one of the simplest ways to achieve a beautiful smile you will be proud to show off. Teeth whitening doesn’t involve lengthy dental work or even downtime. The treatment will be carried out at home meaning you can fit it around any existing commitments. Therefore, it is straightforward to achieve noticeable and satisfying results.

Teeth whitening is suitable for a wide range of people who are looking to enhance the look of their smile. It is also going to give much more prominent results versus using tooth whitening toothpaste or mouthwash alone, which does not contain the chemicals needed to physically lift the stains off the teeth.

As well as helping to improve confidence and body language, younger looking teeth can help revive your appearance as a whole.

Is Teeth Whitening Safe?

Yes. Research has shown that teeth whitening carried out under clinical supervision is perfectly safe. We offer our patients a thorough consultation to ensure they are a good candidate for teeth whitening and will guide you through each step of the process.

Make sure you only get teeth whitening through a dentist that is registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) such as ourselves . That way, the professional will ensure your safety is at the forefront of the treatment.

Unfortunately, this same level of high care can not be guaranteed within a beauty salon or similar environment where a registered dental professional isn’t administering the treatment.

What Are The Side Effects Of Teeth Whitening?

Some patients experience tooth sensitivity as a result of teeth whitening. However, these symptoms only appear for 1-2 days either at the end of the treatment or due to interruption of the treatment.

Switching to a sensitive toothpaste before having teeth whitening can help minimise any symptoms. We would be more than happy to advise you if you have any concerns about side effects due to teeth whitening.

How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last For?

Following teeth whitening, the colour of your teeth will always be lighter than they were originally. However, how long the results last will depend on your eating, drinking and smoking habits post treatment.

Some patients top up their teeth whitening once or twice a year. In particular, you may wish to top the results up before a special occasion.

To prolong your teeth whitening results, we recommend cutting down on consuming staining products in addition to using a whitening toothpaste. By also booking in with us for a regular dental checkup, you can ensure your teeth will continue to look their best.

Can Anyone Do Teeth Whitening?

No. Teeth whitening should only be carried out in a dentist’s office or under the advice of a registered dental professional. While it is common to find teeth whitening in beauty salons, in the UK is it illegal for anyone other than a registered dental professional to carry out teeth whitening.

Also, at home whitening kits that aren’t dentist approved may not give you the results you desire. This is because they don’t contain chemicals that are capable of lifting stains from the surface of the tooth. Likewise, some treatments which haven’t been formulated by a dentist can be too harsh for the teeth or gums.

Therefore, please only seek teeth whitening through your dentist to ensure your oral health is not compromised, and so that you get professional results.

Is Teeth Whitening Available On The NHS?

Teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic treatment, therefore isn’t usually available on the NHS. Exceptions would include lightening a discoloured tooth because the nerve has died. We would be able to advise you on whether your case qualifies for NHS treatment during your checkup.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth can discolour for various reasons including smoking, drinking fizzy drinks and in some cases through antibiotics. Our teeth also tend to discolour as we grow older. Whitening is a process whereby chemicals, usually hydrogen peroxide, are used to remove staining agents from discoloured teeth giving them a lighter shade. The hydrogen peroxide breaks down and releases oxygen ions creating a tooth whitening gel that lifts stains from the teeth. Please note that teeth whitening is not effective on dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and crowns.