Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments at our practice.
Patients visit our practice across Hertfordshire, London and Essex. Our most recent clients have travelled from Chelmsford, Braintree and Cambridge.
Please see a list of the most frequently asked questions by our patients and our dentists answers.
Can anyone have this treatment?
We usually recommend this treatment to those that are over 18 years old.
Is the treatment painful?
This is a non-invasive procedure and it is very comfortable to have done. It is not a painful treatment.
Is this treatment safe?
Yes. We follow special protocols to make sure that the treatment is absolutely carried out following all guidelines and safety measures.
How effective is this treatment?
Using the specially formula of gels and techniques, they are clinically proven to brighten your teeth up to 3-6 shades.
Does it cause sensitivity?
The specially formulated gels have ingredients in them to reduce sensitivity; so in most cases there is no sensitivity.
Can you do this treatment if you have sensitive teeth?
Yes. However, we do recommend a precursor treatment that involves placing toothpaste designed specially for sensitive teeth in the custom made trays and wearing this overnight for 2 weeks prior to the actual teeth whitening treatment.
We have found this method quite successful and patients who would otherwise have had sensitivity, easily have teeth whitening treatment with none.
What if sensitivity develops during treatment?
We recommend for you to stop the whitening process and let the dentist know immediately.
We will in most cases also advise use of a toothpaste (designed specially for sensitive teeth) to be used in the custom made trays and wearing this overnight for 2 weeks.
Thereafter, to restart the teeth whitening treatment. Many patients that have sensitive teeth have found this technique very useful and have been able to achieve great results.
How long will the whitening last?
It should last successfully for 18 months to 2 years. If you require more gels you may need to visit the dental practice.
Can you treat specific areas of the tooth rather than the whole tooth?
This is called Spot Whitening. However, since teeth whitening treatments whitens the whole tooth uniformly it is often not possible to achieve this.
However, there are a variety of other cosmetic techniques that we can used alongside teeth whitening that can be used to correct the isolated stain or discolored aspect of a tooth.
Will whitening remove coffee stains?
Therefore we also recommend your Hygiene visit to be coincident with the whitening treatment so that we can manage both situations properly.
What do the whitening gels contain?
The basic active ingredient of the teeth whitening gels is usually composed of either 3-6% Hydrogen Peroxide or 16% Carbamide Peroxide depending upon the system used.
It is prohibited and illegal to use whitening gels that are more than 6 % Hydrogen Peroxide or 16% Carbamide Peroxide and so care must be taken when considering this treatment from a non-dental source.
We are based in London Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. We have patients who have come from all over the home counties including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Buckinghamshire to have Six-Month Smiles, call 01279 652400 or click here to contact us.