What is Tooth whitening?

Tooth whitening is a great way to improve your smile.

It involves applying a special gel to lighten the existing shade of your teeth.

It will take around 3 visits to your dentist; the first dental visit you will be assessed as to your suitability for tooth whitening. Once this is done, your dentist will make a mouth tray that fits your teeth exactly. You will then take home to complete the whitening process.

Why would I want whiter teeth?

There are  many different reasons for getting your teeth whitened, you may want to:

  • Prepare for a special occasion, like a wedding
  • Achieve a “celebrity look”
  • Help improve your self-confidence
  • Help fix staining or discoloration

Whatever your reason for wanting whiter teeth, we want you to feel confident about the treatment and to be satisfied with the end result.


Step 1: Make an appointment with your dentist to chat about the process of whitening. They will then check your teeth and oral health to ensure you are suitable for whitening.  

Step 2: You will then need an impression taking to make your whitening trays. The trays are made to perfectly fit your teeth and have space to hold the whitening.

Step 3: About a week later your trays will be ready to collect, you will need another appointment with your dentist as they will also give you the whitening gel. Your dentist will also show you how to fill your whitening trays correctly.

Step 4: You will then take home your whitening kit and complete the course of whitening. Which will including doing the whitening once every day for two weeks. (You can defer doing it a few days if sensitivity does occur).

Step 5: Finally your will complete the treatment and return for a review appointment with your dentist

What to do at home

Your dentist will give you a kit to use at home. This will include the gel filled syringes, and your personal trays. The syringes will need to be kept in a fridge.

Depending on which whitening has been provided for you, you will either need to wear them overnight  or wear them for 1hour a during the day.

You can expect to see changes after about 3days. However everybody is different and results may take longer in some cases.

For optimum results please continue to use whitening for as long as your dentist tells you along with following instructions given by the dentist.

How long will it last?

It is non permanent so depending on how you care for your teeth and what you eat and drink will determine how white your teeth will stay. Top up syringes can be purchased from your dentist.

Are there any side effects?

A common side effect of tooth whitening is sensitivity.  It is recommended to use a sensitive toothpaste to help with this. In some case you may experience uncomfortable gums, this may be due to over fill of trays. If you are worried about anything contact your dentist.

Are there any age restrictions?

You  have to be 18 and over for whitening treatment.

What can I do to maintain whiteness after treatment?

It is best to avoid highly coloured foods such as curry or beetroot. You should also give up smoking and avoid drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and cola drinks as these can stain your teeth.  

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