What does the procedure involve?
Eyes & Smiles will supply whitening gel to be used in custom-made trays which fit into your mouth like a gum shield. These trays are worn for a period of time per day or night to allow the gel to take effect, in the comfort of your own home. The active ingredient in the product is normally hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide at a tailored dose to give you the optimum result.
How long does the procedure take?
First of all you will need an assessment to ensure there your mouth is suitable to have whitening. On the 1st visit, we will make moulds of your teeth. The whitening trays are then ready to be fitted on the 2nd visit, in which we will also go through instructions and supply the whitening gel. You are then ready to start your whitening!
Will I get sensitivity?
Some people find that their teeth become sensitive for the first few days after treatment, but this wears off after a short while, and does not persist beyond the treatment time. We will give you the methods to reduce sensitivity during treatment. The Enlighten Whitening system contains anti-sensitive particles to help minimise it further.
Will I be happy with the results?
Treatment results may vary depending on the original shade of the teeth but there is always an overall improvement guaranteed. All teeth will tend to slowly darken again after 1-3 years, especially if you are a smoker, or have a lot of tea or coffee. This is where the strength in the treatment lies - it is easy to top-up the brightened shade using the same custom made trays with additional whitening gel.
What about over- the-counter home kits?
Over-the-counter kits are not recommended as they contain only a small amount of, or no, hydrogen peroxide which makes the product less effective. This means you will not get the desired whiter teeth. Some also contain mild acids, while others are abrasive. Although these products are cheaper, whitening is a complicated treatment procedure and legally should only be carried out by a registered dentist after a thorough examination and assessment of your teeth. It is very important to follow the instructions your dentist gives you, and to make sure that you go for any follow-up appointments recommended.
What about whitening toothpaste?
There are now several whitening toothpastes you can buy. Although they do not affect the natural colour of the tooth, they are effective at removing surface staining and therefore improving the overall appearance of the tooth. Whitening toothpaste may also help to keep up the appearance, once teeth have been professionally whitened.
When might whitening not work?
Whitening will not change the colour of existing fillings or crowns or bridges or tooth decay.
What if I am pregnant?
We do not recommend teeth whitening during pregnancy or breast-feeding.