Our Services

Teeth Whitening

Whitening is available free to Denplan Platinum members of Ravenshead Dental Practice.

Terms and conditions apply

Teeth whitening is an excellent method of saying goodbye to your stained, yellow or discoloured teeth. Coffee, tea, smoking, curries, and wine all stain teeth over time, but fortunately whitening treatments are a safe and effective way to remove unsightly stains. Teeth whitening uses a safe and gentle bleaching process to remove stains and discoloration of the teeth and give them a whiter appearance. With lasting effects of up to eight years, teeth whitening is a great way to keep yourself looking younger!

Procedure

The simplest way to whiten teeth is by a tray-based system that uses bespoke, thin plastic trays that are supplied with and are designed to hold a teeth whitening gel to whiten your teeth at home. These trays – one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth – are made by a skilled technician who casts a model of your teeth after your clinician has taken impressions. The teeth whitening process involves wearing the gel-filled trays for a few hours each day over a period of a few weeks. The trays can both be worn at the same time or separately and are easy and comfortable to keep in place.

Pros and Cons

The main benefit is that teeth can be whitened fairly quickly in a simple manner. Scientific research indicates that using carbamide peroxide in low but effective concentrations, in an appropriate manner and under the supervision of dentists is deemed to be safe, with no more than minimal adverse effects on the dental pulps or the soft tissues of the mouth, and even these are very temporary. The main and very important advantage of tooth whitening is that the process is non-invasive and does not involve tooth tissue removal and destruction. Possible temporary side effects can include an increased susceptibility to sensitivity of the teeth and minor irritation to the gum edges. Sensitivity can be alleviated by adjusting the frequency of application or by the use of specific desensitising products such as Sensodyne toothpaste.

Teeth whitening toothpastes are unfortunately not effective at making teeth a lighter shade, and some whitening toothpastes can even permanently damage your teeth because they contain acids or abrasives.

If you are interested in having tooth whitening please book a video consultation with one of our clinicians to chat about the various options available, and see if your teeth are suitable for teeth whitening.