teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.

Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration & frequency of treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

The tooth whitening process can sometimes take 2 to 3 visits to the dentist. Firstly, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard. Your dentist will then talk to you about using this guard at home with a bleaching gel. You then regularly apply the gel at home for a certain amount over a couple of weeks. You may prefer laser whitening, which is done entirely by your dentist. Laser whitening is done by a bleaching product painted onto your teeth activated by a light shining onto them. This process takes about one hour.
Unfortunately, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. Whitening can last anywhere from a couple of months up to three years. The whitening effect won’t last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.
Teeth whitening can only be done on natural teeth. The treatment doesn’t work on crowns, dentures, fillings, or veneers.
Teeth whitening is an effective and safe way to remove stains from your teeth and make them appear visibly whiter. If done correctly, it will not damage tooth enamel.
Teeth whitening should not hurt. You should always let your dentist know of any sensitivities or previous whitening products you’ve used beforehand.

Patient Testimonials

See what our patients say about their experience here with us at East End Lodge.

Marilyn – Various Treatments

“I felt that treatment’s been really good from start to finish. I’ve been a patient here for probably over about 13 years, 14 years maybe, and every time I need to have a course of treatment, the appointments are really prompt, fit in around your lifestyle and around you when you can make it.

They explain everything, reassure you, make you feel not so worried about coming to the dentist, it can be quite a scary thing, they are really welcoming and put you at your ease.

Before, I used to be really conscious about my teeth and I didn’t like to smile very much, but they’ve been really quite good to me here. Seeing the hygienist has given me a confidence back that my teeth look quite nice.

I would recommend this practice to anybody that was looking for dentists, because, as I say, they’re really well organized, they always try to fit you in if you’ve got a problem. The staff are really friendly and welcoming, and I always feel well looked after.”

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