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Teeth Whitening

Get the Whiter Teeth and Healthier Smile You've Been Wanting

One of the simplest, quickest and most effective ways to improve the appearance of your smile is with teeth whitening treatment. In fact teeth whitening can do far more than revitalise your smile - it can revitalise your self-image and the impression that you make on others.

Our Teeth Whitening treatment is effective and long lasting and totally controlled by you. The degree of lightness will be controlled by you and will vary from patient to patient depending on their desired outcome. There are many causes of discolouration of one or a few teeth, including decay, old stained fillings and enamel defects.

Some patients may have general or widespread discolouration of their teeth as a result of being given certain kinds of antibiotics as a baby, too much fluoride as a child, or simply as a result of the way the teeth have developed and aged. All patients will need to repeat the procedure annually to top up the effect.

If there are any other dental problems they can affect the success of tooth whitening, for example, cavities need to be treated before teeth are whitened. That's because the whitening solution can pass through decayed areas and reach the inner parts of the tooth. If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discoloured.

Whitening products will not make them whiter. If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive. Whitening also does not work on fillings, crowns or veneers.

It is possible to achieve a considerable lightening in most cases using simple tooth whitening techniques. In the past this kind of general discolouration might have been treated by crowning the teeth.

The Procedure for using Teeth whitening trays and gels:

The St Peter's Dental Practice will provide you with teeth-whitening trays and gels that can be worn at home. These are the most effective way to whiten and lighten your teeth. We will take an impression of your teeth and give this to a dental technician, who will build a tray to the exact measurements of your mouth.

We will check that the tray fits and demonstrate how to carry out the procedure at home. The tray fits closely around the teeth, and is filled with a whitening gel. These trays are worn for a 2 to 4 hours a day or overnight.

Treatment can take anywhere from three days to a couple of weeks depending on the result you desire.

In some cases a very rapid result can be achieved, and in others the process may be slower. However there is no great hurry and the process is harmless if properly supervised.

Don't shy away from your smile any longer - take action and restore your smile's youthful lustre. Where severe staining will not respond to bleaching, porcelain veneers may be a suitable alternative in some cases.

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