COSMETIC DENTISTRY

TOOTH WHITENING

As we get older our teeth naturally become darker, not helped by diet and other lifestyle habits such as smoking, that add to the overall discolouration of our teeth. Tooth whitening can lighten the natural shade of the teeth and give you back a fresh and healthy looking smile.

We offer a choice of tooth whitening treatments, one being at-home whitening using specially made trays provided by your dentist. The other being in-chair power whitening carried out by your dentist, hygienist or dental therapist in the practice. If required you can use a combination of both treatments.

Your dentist will assess your needs and discuss the most appropriate option for you.

Teeth whitening before treatment

BEFORE

Teeth whitening after treatment

AFTER

Teeth whitening before treatment

BEFORE

Teeth whitening after treatment

AFTER

FAQs

  • Will the treatment damage my teeth?

    Whitening treatment will not damage the surface of your teeth or change their shape in any way.

  • What results can I expect?

    Tooth whitening is not 100% guaranteed and results can vary from person to person. However, the treatment is generally successful at lightening the teeth by at least two shades.

  • How long do the results last?

    This will depend on your diet and lifestyle. Whitened teeth are still prone to staining through things such as drinking a lot of tea, coffee or red wine, but with care whitening results can last for several years.

  • Can whitening treatment lighten stained crowns or veneers?

    Unfortunately not, whitening can only change the shade of your natural teeth. If you have discoloured restorations your dentist can discuss the options available for changing them to match your newly whitened teeth.

  • Are there any side effects?

    Some people may experience some temporary tooth sensitivity for a short time after treatment. This is quite normal and will subside after a few days

  • Can I eat and drink as normal after treatment?

    It is advisable to avoid staining items such as tea, coffee, red wine and smoking for at least 24 hours after whitening treatment.

VENEERS

A veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of a dental material designed to fit over the front of a prepared tooth to restore or improve the aesthetics of the tooth. Veneers are made of porcelain or composite materials which are then coloured to match the existing shade of the other teeth. Developed in the early 1980s with continual developments in porcelain and resin technology veneers can now be made as thin as 0.2mm.

Veneers are designed to make teeth look natural and healthy, and being very thin and held in place by a special strong bond, very minimal preparation of the tooth is required.

Teeth that have become discoloured, crooked or worn, chipped or damaged through an accident or decay can be rejuvenated simply and quickly. Veneers are one of the most durable, aesthetic and reliable forms of dental restorations available and can last for many years. Veneers can also enhance the appearance of existing crowns and bridges without the need for anaesthetic or drilling.