Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a useful alternative to tooth destructive cosmetic interventions such as crowns or veneers.

Tooth whitening can be effectively achieved by the application of 10% carbamide peroxide gel.

A custom made tray is made to fit to your teeth. The gel is placed inside the tray and applied to your teeth every night or 3 hourly sessions for a ten day period.

The new tooth colour has been shown to be stable for about 2 years.

Tooth whitening will not change the colour of crowns, veneers, or tooth coloured fillings. You may need to consider replacing any of these restorations that show when you smile.

It is important to check that the gums and teeth are healthy before commencing treatment. It is also advisable not to smoke or drink tea, coffee or red wine during the course of bleaching treatment. Limiting intake of these products after treatment will help maintain tooth colour.

Approximately 15% of people may experience some tooth sensitivity that can be resolved by the application of desensitising agents.

As long as your trays continue to have a snug fit, they can be used annually for 2-3 sessions to maintain your lighter tooth colour.

Instructions for tooth whitening

  • Recommended for night use for 10 consecutive nights or, alternatively, 3 hours per day

  • Before use you must brush and floss your teeth thoroughly

  • Please keep the whitening gel in the refrigerator when not in use

  • Put small amount of gel, as demontrated, into trays and insert into your mouth, adjusting tray sides to fit correctly

  • If you have excess gel, remove with a clean finger or soft toothbrush.  Use less gel next time.  Do not swallow until mouth rinsed.

  • After completion of whitening session remove trays and wipe gel off teeth with clean handkerchief or soft cloth. Brush teeth with toothbrush.

  • Clean your trays using a soft brush and cool tap water. Store in the case provided.

  • Sensitivity may occur.  If it does stop treatment and use Sensodyne toothpaste(provided) in your tray for 2 to 3 sessions.  You can then continue with treatment.  If the sensitivity does not resolve in 2 to 3 sessions then cease treatment and contact your dentist.

  • Avoid drinking tea, Coke, red wine, food colours eg curry during treatment and for three days after completion of session.

  • A review appointment is included in the cost of treatment – please ensure you book and keep this appointment so we may assess your teeth.