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Tooth whitening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give your smile a boost. It's a popular cosmetic dentistry procedure and is non-invasive, simply changing the colour of your teeth without altering the shape. It's the perfect way to quickly and easily enhance your smile in time for a special occasion.
At Meadowbank Dental Practice we have two options for tooth whitening: home tooth whitening and in-surgery whitening.
Home teeth whitening kits comprise custom-made trays and whitening gel. You will still need to visit the practice so that your whitening trays can be made to measure to fit your teeth exactly, and so that your dentist can confirm that home whitening is suitable for you.
So long as there are no reasons you shouldn’t have tooth whitening, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth so that your bespoke whitening trays can be made. Once they’re ready you’ll be shown how to use them, and should place a small amount of the whitening gel in the trays, which are then placed over the teeth for short periods each day. Usually we recommend that you wear them for 45 minutes a day over a two week period.
Ultra Combination packages
This package combines both home and in-surgery tooth whitening, to achieve the best results. As with all tooth whitening, the exact change in the shade of your teeth will vary from patient to patient. Most patients notice a change within two to five weeks.
Who shouldn't have bleaching?
Before you start tooth whitening treatment, your dentist will assess your suitability. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these should be treated before you start bleaching. Similarly, if you have very sensitive teeth or they have lots of fracture lines, we may not recommend bleaching.
Bleaching will not work on implants, false teeth, crowns, fillings or veneers, so you may need to have lighter-coloured replacements fitted if you opt for tooth whitening. The treatment is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or for children whose teeth are still developing.
Will it work?
Providing you are suitable for treatment, teeth whitening treatment is usually highly successful, although exact results will vary from patient to patient. Some types of staining (eg tetracycline antibiotic staining) do not respond to bleaching as well as others. Bleaching, if successful, can take longer on tetracycline stained teeth.Back to Treatments