Brighten your smile with Teeth Whitening!

We use a non invasive treatment to make your teeth lighter; teeth whitening can't make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades. Your teeth will appear brighter and whiter which will give you a healthier, more attractive looking smile.

Is teeth whitening suitable for everyone?

In general most people can have the treatment. There are a small number of people for whom caution is advised, for example pregnant women and nursing mothers (although there are no known adverse reactions) and patients with pre-existing sensitivity (this should be addressed before starting whitening treatment) or those under 18 years of age. If you have had dental work on your front teeth, such as crowns, white fillings or veneers, teeth whitening may not be suitable as the materials used do not whiten, however, if you are still keen to proceed, you could have additional work to replace these. Your dentist will advise you whether whitening is right for you.

What happens during teeth whitening at the dentist?

If you have teeth whitening you will need to make several visits to the practice over a couple of months. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard and will instruct you how to use it with a bleaching gel. Then, using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over a few weeks. Some whitening gels can be left on for up to eight hours at a time, which shortens the treatment period to one week.

Will teeth whitening work on false teeth?

No. Teeth whitening won't work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers. The whitening only affects natural tooth substance so crowns and fillings remain the same colour.

Can you have your teeth whitened on the NHS?

You can only have your teeth whitened on the NHS if there's a medical, ie non cosmetic, reason for it. For example, this might be to lighten teeth that have discoloured because the nerve has died.

Otherwise, teeth whitening by a dentist or other dental professional can only be done privately because it's considered to be a cosmetic treatment.  

Is teeth whitening permanent?

No, teeth whitening isn't permanent. It can last from a few months to up to a number of years, but this varies from person to person. Generally, the whitening effect won't last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth.

However, an advantage of using this method is that you can use your home-whitening trays to top-up as necessary at home. Top-up gels can be purchased on prescription from your dentist.

Who can perform teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.

Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there's no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.

You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks, such as burns to your gums and damage to dental enamel. Over the counter whitening products are generally ineffective as the strength of these whitening products is very low.

Are there any risks with teeth whitening?

Yes, but these are minor and don’t last for long. The most common is tooth sensitivity and slight irritation of the gums. These generally last for a few days. Your dentist will talk to you about the whitening process and answer any questions you may have before you start the treatment.

How much does it cost?

Non abrasive tooth whitening is £330 (£264 for patients on a dental plan) for existing and new patients.

Come and talk to us to find out more