Yes, there are many products in shops or the internet claiming to whiten teeth. Some can burn your gums. Some may wear the enamel of your teeth, so it is really important to get the right treatment that will not damage your teeth or
We can help you to safely and predictably whiten your teeth, while protecting your gums and tooth enamel.
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What would it be like to have a smile like that Having whiter teeth can make such a difference to people. It can remove long-term staining and it can also lighten the natural colour of your enamel, which may never have been as white as you would have liked.
We prescribe carbamide peroxide gel, which releases hydrogen peroxide more slowly to your teeth. We will take a mould of your teeth. This will hold the gel onto your teeth and provide a barrier to protect your gums. You can use this at home with the gel to gently whiten your teeth to the shade you are happy with.
Unfortunately an effective natural alternative has not been found. Some claim to be, but they either have a high acid content (like lemon juice) which dissolves the enamel of your teeth, or are abrasive and can wear the enamel away. This allows the yellow dentine below to show through more, leaving
your teeth even less white and less protected from tooth decay.
We used to do in-surgery whitening when we were allowed to prescribe a higher percentage of hydrogen peroxide. When this changed a few years ago it was our experience that the results were now much better and more predictable when the treatment was done gradually at home.
If you follow the instructions we give you there will be no damage at all to the structure of your teeth. In fact the peroxide has the added advantage of killing many of the bugs in your mouth which can lead to gum damage and decay. Your mouth if anything should be healthier after whitening treatment.
Most people get to a level of whiteness they are happy with. You can stop the treatment at whatever shade you are comfortable with. A small number of patients are looking for extreme white
teeth. This may require ceramic veneers. We would usually start with whitening in this case, so you can know for sure.
It is normal to experience some sensitivity when whitening your teeth. You may benefit from using a sensitive toothpaste and avoiding ice in your drinks.
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