Teeth whitening in Harley Street

Tooth whitening is an effective way to lighten the colour of the teeth. The shade of a person’s teeth can vary according to factors such as genetics, lifestyle habits and age. The natural whiteness of teeth gradually fades and the teeth may start to look yellow. Surface stains can also cause discolouration of the teeth, which will need to be cleaned thoroughly before teeth whitening treatment.

We are proud to provide two highly effective whitening systems to improve the colour of patients’ teeth, including home whitening and in surgery laser treatments.  Your dentist will discuss both options with you during your consultation.

Who is Suitable for Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is an effective procedure but it is not suitable for everyone. We will determine if you are a suitable candidate based on the information you provide and a thorough examination of your mouth. If you are not a suitable candidate we are happy to discuss alternative treatments.

Whitening agents, usually in gel form, are used to whiten the teeth and will typically include carbamide or hydrogen peroxide. We never use products that contain chlorine dioxide because they strip the teeth and increase the risk of staining.

Is Tooth Whitening safe?

Tooth whitening is one of the safest, most effective cosmetic dental treatments. However, there are risks which need to be considered:

  • There is a possibility that treatment will not work as fast as first thought
  • There is a chance that not all the teeth will achieve the same whitening results, especially if you have one or more darker teeth
  • It is possible for teeth to be unevenly coloured, but this is normally the case when the tooth root is exposed and the colour tends to be darker in this area.
  • It is possible for tooth whitening to cause temporary sensitivity, but this usually wears off quickly
  • It is possible for some types of discolouration to remain the same after treatment

Tooth Whitening results

Treatment times vary but it usually takes 2 weeks for the results to develop. However, tooth whitening does not produce permanent results and the teeth will become discoloured again over time. The results typically last between 2 and 4 years but you can undergo top-up treatments to preserve whiteness. Smoking and drinking coloured drinks will accelerate the discolouration process, so to keep your beautiful new smile brighter for longer it is advisable to avoid these habits.

Advantages of Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening treatments can enhance the appearance of your smile, making beautiful straight smiles even more appealing. Teeth staining and discolouration can greatly age the appearance of the mouth and face, but teeth whitening can reverse this process and provide a younger, brighter smile.

Disadvantages of Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening doesn’t last forever and teeth can become darker again over time. However, treatment can be topped up to keep your smile looking its best. However, this shouldn’t be seen as an excuse to whiten the teeth excessively, which can lead to enamel damage.

 

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