Teeth Whitening in Mill Hill East
Tooth whitening is the simplest and most popular way to improve the colour of your teeth, without affecting the health of your teeth. Teeth can become discoloured because of staining from tobacco, foods, drinks and tetracycline antibiotics. Also teeth become darker and duller with age. Yet with tooth whitening, brighter, whiter teeth can be restored. There are a variety of techniques to ensure that you can whiten your teeth safely and comfortably, to get that brighter smile.
With over 20 years of experience we have a variety of techniques to whiten your teeth, from power bleaching, to home bleaching with special techniques to remove brown or white spots.
Teeth whitening with home bleaching
We have found that home bleaching gives the longest lasting results, which is easy to top up over the years. We have monitored our early cases from 20 years ago and the patients’ teeth have always remained whiter than the original colour.
Home bleaching generally involves 3 visits:
- The first to take moulds of your mouth to prepare close fitting custom made bleaching trays – the key to effective whitening.
- At the next visit we run through the home whitening process and supply you with the trays and whitening gels.
- We will then review the colour and if necessary supply further gel or adapt the technique to get the teeth whiter. Depending on the colour your teeth start from the whitening process takes 2-8 weeks.
Teeth whitening with power bleaching
Power bleaching usually requires 1-2 visits of just over an hour relaxing in the dental chair. The procedure involves placing a protective barrier over your lips, gums and soft tissues to protect them. The whitening gel is then painted onto your teeth and the gel is activated by a light or heat. The gel is usually refreshed several times during the appointment to get the best results. For longer lasting results power bleaching is usually followed up with a course of home bleaching.
Before and after teeth whitening photos
Below are some photos showing our teeth whitening work.
Teeth whitening frequently asked questions
You can read some of the questions we get asked about teeth whitening below. If you have a specific question then please feel free to contact us.
How long does tooth whitening treatment take?
Power whitening can produce results in just over an hour. Home bleaching takes from 2-8 weeks depending on the starting colour as well as many other factors.
How long do the results last for teeth whitening?
Our experience shows the teeth remain lighter for many years. Although we recommend patients top up the colour every 2-5 years with a week of home bleaching.
What is the youngest age teeth can be whitened?
Normally 18 as this allows the tooth root and nerve to fully develop. Also the level of the gum on the tooth tends to stabilise around this age.
What is the oldest age teeth can be whitened?
There is no upper age limit. We have treated many grandparents who have been motivated to whiten their teeth due to comments from grandchildren. Our oldest patient so far was 90.
What complications are there?
If you have any fillings or crowns these will not lighten and may require replacing after your teeth have been lightened. Usually during the whitening process your teeth become slightly more sensitive; however, it should not be painful. It also stops when the bleaching procedure comes to an end.
What do you think of whitening toothpastes?
We tend not to recommend whitening toothpastes as we have found they tend to make teeth more sensitive.
Which teeth whitening products do you use?
Depending on your personal circumstances, we use Zoom, iPower, ICON, Microabrasion, hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to help whiten your teeth.
What locations do you cover for teeth whitening?
We are conveniently located in Mill Hill East so you can visit us easily from the locations below or further afield of course!