Below are some frequently asked questions about teeth whitening treatments.
Q: What does tooth whitening do?
A: Tooth whitening can be a highly effective, yet very simple way, of lightening the colour of teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a colour change, but lightens the existing colour.
Q: Why would my teeth need to be whitened?
A: Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour varies, so do our teeth. Some teeth have a yellowish tinge, some are more beige – very few are actually ‘white’. Teeth also yellow with age can become stained on the surface by food and drinks such as tea, coffee and blackcurrant. Calculus (tartar) can also affect the colour of the teeth. Some people may have staining inside their teeth. This can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth, which take up the stain.
Q: Will I be happy with the results?
A: Treatment results may vary depending on the original shade of the teeth. Teeth will tend to darken slightly over time.This is dependant on your diet (e.g tea, coffee, red wine) and habits (e.g smoking).
Q: Can the treatment be repeated?
A: Yes. The trays can be reused and if you need more whitening gel this can be purchased seperately at reception. If you are attending that special occassion it is possible to “top up” your whitening. We recommend doing this a few weeks before the event.
Q: When might whitening not work?
A: Whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. For a change to specific chosen shade veneering is another option. Whitening also works on natural teeth. It will not work on any type of ‘false’ teeth. This includes dentures, crowns and veneers. If dentures are stained or discoloured, it may be worth visiting the dentist and asking him or her to clean them. Stained veneers, crowns and dentures may need replacing. Again, ask your dentist.
Q: What about whitening toothpaste?
A: There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth through abrasion. We do not recommend long term use of these kinds of toothpastes due to the wear it causes.