If you're looking to whiten the appearance of your teeth, there are a few options to choose from. You can choose to have this done in practice, or do it yourself at home. In-practice whitening offers a quicker solution, while at home treatment requires gum shields to be created.
Your Oasis dentist will be able to advise on the best treatment for you.
Teeth whitening explained
Teeth whitening in practice
In-practice teeth whitening is considered to be a much quicker way to achieve great results. Our Smile Zoom Whitening service uses Philips Zoom technology where an initial teeth whitening session is carried out in practice, achieving results of up to six shades lighter in just one session, followed by a course of home whitening for a more sustained result.
Once your teeth are ready for treatment, your dentist will protect your gums with a shield before using a whitening agent on your teeth. They'll then use a light to heat the solution for a short amount of time, before washing it off.
Once you've had this treatment, you can follow it up with a course of at home trays to ensure you achieve prolonged results. Advancements in the way teeth can be whitened in practice means there are a number of solutions for this treatment - get in touch with your local practice to find out more.
Teeth whitening at home
You can also carry out whitening treatments at home yourself. Our Smile Home Whitening service can transform your smile, adding a sparkle and leaving you with greater confidence.Once you've had your initial appointment to asses whether your teeth are dentally suitable for the teeth whitening treatment, your dentist will create bespoke trays for you to use from an impression they will take of your teeth. Once these have been made, your dentist will show you how to use them, along with the whitening agent - a peroxide gel.
Depending on the strength of the gel, you'll need to wear the trays for anywhere between a couple of hours to overnight - your dentist will advise you how to use them properly. At-home whitening treatments usually take between three to fourteen days to work.
At-home whitening kits are also available to buy over-the-counter, although we don't recommend using these. Over-the-counter kits often include a generic tray that doesn't always fit your teeth. This generic tray could result in you getting the bleaching agent on your gums, causing irritation. They can also be much less effective.
More about teeth whitening
A bleaching agent is used in whitening treatments, which is only suitable for use on healthy teeth and gums. This means you might need to have other restorative treatment prior to your whitening to make sure your teeth are strong enough to withstand the bleach.
It's also a good idea to have an appointment with a dental hygienist before you undergo a whitening treatment. This will ensure your teeth are nicely cleaned and any surface stains have been removed before you whiten them. It's also important to note that tooth-coloured fillings or teeth that have been replaced - for example by a crown or implant - won't be affected by the whitening gel.
Once you've had the treatment, you might experience a little sensitivity to hot or cold foods for a short while. This shouldn't last long, but if it does, get in touch with your dentist.
If you're looking to improve the appearance of your smile, get in touch with your nearest Oasis Dental Care practice today.