Do you know it’s illegal for beauticians, salons and other beauty outlets to provide teeth whitening treatments if there’s no dental professional present? Only a qualified dentist or hygienist can provide this treatment safely. So please stay safe and only accept teeth whitening treatment from a qualified and experienced professional.
Why whiten your teeth?
Over time your teeth will naturally discolour, especially if you have ever smoked or you drink a lot of red wine or coffee. Whitening your teeth will remove stains and restore their natural brightness to help you look and feel your best.
How does tooth whitening work?
Before going ahead with any whitening you will need to be booked in for a consultation with your dentist who will determine which technique of whitening is best for you and whether you are suitable for whitening. Your dentist will recommend that you see our Hygienist before carrying out any whitening.
At Victoria Road there are two different ways to whiten your teeth.
In Chair Whitening
In chair whitening is carried out at the practice and takes less than 1 hour to complete. Your dentist or hygienist will carefully apply a special gel (hydrogen peroxide) to your teeth. A special Lamp called Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp will be positioned in front of the mouth to activate and accelerate the gel.
A scan of your teeth will be taken and custom whitening trays made for you. This is to enable you to top up your whitening at home if you wish at your convenience at a later date.
We have invested in the latest technology which allows your dentist to take an accurate digital scan of your teeth. Unlike the traditional impressions which can sometimes be unpleasant and messy the digital scan is fuss free.
Your dentist will create custom mouthpieces that fit your teeth perfectly. They will then give you a whitening gel that you put into your mouthpieces. You wear the mouthpieces for several hours a day until your teeth reach the shade you are happy with. This should take between one and two weeks
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is extremely safe, especially when it is carried out by a dental health professional. However, some people do find that their teeth become sensitive during and after the treatment. You can easily resolve this by using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
Some people experience sore gums or white patches on the gumline after the treatment, although these symptoms should subside within a few days.
How to maintain whiter teeth
A teeth whitening treatment is a temporary procedure, although the affect can last for up to three years.
To help the whiteness last as long as possible you should:
- Not use mouthwash or coloured toothpaste within the first 24 hours after treatment
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on dark-coloured food and drink, such as red wine and coffee
- Avoid smoking, especially within the first week after treatment