Teeth Whitening in Wooburn Green

Teeth Whitening at Ash Tree House Dental Practice, Wooburn Green

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a highly effective way of whitening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the teeth surface. Why would I want my teeth whitened?

There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different and just as the colour of our hair or skin vary, so do our teeth. Very few people have brilliant white teeth. Your teeth can become more discoloured as we get older. Teeth can also become stained from:

  • Food and drinks, such as tea, coffee and red wine
  • Smoking
  • Calculus or tartar
  • Some people have staining under the surface, which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny micro cracks in the teeth which take up stains.

What does teeth whitening involve?

Our dentists will be able to tell you if you are suitable for this treatment. First an impression of your teeth will be taken this will be sent to a technician to have a custom made teeth whitening tray made. A second visit is required about 7 days later (this can be made sooner if required), where the custom made whitening trays are fitted. Our dentists will instruct you on how to use the whitening trays and whitening gel. The 'active ingredient' in the product is carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the teeth colour is made whiter and brighter.

How long does this take?

The total treatment can usually be done in five to eight days. The whitening trays are loaded with the whitening gel and then the trays are placed into the mouth and normally kept in overnight or for one hour in the daytime (depending on which product you choose.) Depending on the level of whitening achieved, this can take as little as five applications.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

The total cost for tooth whitening is £350 and we will provide you with a written estimate on request. Additional tubes of whitening gel can also be purchased.

How long will my teeth stay whiter?

The effects of whitening can last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Ask our dentists for their opinion before you start treatment. Regularly hygiene sessions will remove staining from your teeth and maintain the whiteness of your teeth.

What are the side effects?

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others report white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are temporary and disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. If any of these side effects continue, you should see our dentists as soon as possible.

What about whitening toothpastes?

There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining and therefore may improve the overall appearance of your teeth.

Can a single teeth which has been root filled be whitened?

Yes. Many dead teeth become discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal (which previously contained the nerve) may be reopened. The whitening product is applied working from the inside to whiten the tooth.

When might teeth whitening not work?

Teeth whitening can only lighten your existing teeth colour. It only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of 'false' teeth such as crowns, veneers, bridges and dentures.

How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?

You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don't forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouring and staining. Regular hygiene sessions will keep your teeth clean and stain free.