At Broadlands Dental Surgery, we use Boutique whitening gel for our procedures. Tooth whitening primarily affects the natural enamel of your teeth and does not alter the shade of any existing white fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, or dentures. If you want to change the color of these dental restorations, it is recommended to consult your dentist.
Tooth Whitening should only be performed by a dentist to ensure safety. To maintain the desired results, whitening needs to be repeated from time to time.
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What to Expect During Your Treatment
At Broadlands Dental Surgery, we offer a comprehensive teeth whitening treatment that typically involves up to three appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create personalized trays made by the dental laboratory. These trays are typically ready within two weeks.
At your second appointment, your dentist will take a shade of your teeth and discuss the procedure for you to do at home. You will be provided with two tubes of hydrogen peroxide bleach, your whitening trays, and a tube of sensitive toothpaste. We usually recommend a period of two weeks for the whitening to reach the desired shade.
Finally, a review appointment is typically booked once the treatment at home is complete to discuss the results.
Risks and Precautions of Teeth Whitening
While tooth whitening is generally safe, there are some risks and precautions to keep in mind. Some people may experience sensitivity during the whitening period or for a few days afterward. Mild gum irritation can also occur if there is any spillage of the bleach out of the trays.
We recommend using sensitive toothpaste while whitening to minimize any discomfort. Additionally, it's best to avoid smoking and tobacco use, as well as drinking dark-colored liquids such as tea, coffee, coke, and red wine while whitening teeth, as these foods and drinks can stain teeth.
Finally, it is not advised for women to have their teeth whitened while pregnant, as it is a cosmetic procedure that can wait until after the baby is born.