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For Teeth Whitening in Southport, come to 10Dental!

Teeth Whitening is one of the simplest ways to transform your smile without having to undergo any invasive treatment. Beautiful results can be achieved through Tooth Whitening, giving you the smile you have always dreamed of.

What is involved with Teeth Whitening?

Professional bleaching is the most common form of Teeth Whitening. Teeth Whitening should always be supervised by a dentist. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth and then a custom-made tray, which fits perfectly over your teeth will be made for you. The tray is filled with a bleaching substance (usually Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide). As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen penetrates the enamel and lightens the colour of the teeth.

How long does Teeth Whitening take?

The whole process usually takes three to four weeks, but it can be done in the comfort of your own home once you have had your bleaching trays made, and you have been given the bleaching substance. Your dentist will generally recommend that you apply the Whitening Gel every night for at least a couple of hours.

How long will the effects of Whitening last?

The effects of Tooth Whitening can generally last for a few years, however just as non-whitened teeth can become stained over time, teeth that have been Whitened can become re-stained. However, your dentist can offer you top-up treatments should this occur, and you will only have to pay for the cost of the Whitening Gel.

Are there any side effects to Teeth Whitening?

Some people find that their teeth become sensitive during treatment, but this can be easily treated by using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth. If you do experience any side effects, consult your dentist, although they are only temporary and should disappear within a few days of you finishing your treatment.

Are Home Whitening kits as effective?

Although Home Kits are cheaper, most kits sold in the UK do not contain enough of the active ingredient to be effective. Some kits sold online may may contain mild acids or abrasives which could be harmful.

Will Whitening work for everyone?

Tooth Whitening will only work on natural teeth. It will not work on teeth that have been crowned, or veneered, or on dentures. If you have one or two ‘false’ teeth in a mouth of otherwise natural teeth and you wish to have Tooth Whitening, you must remember that any Crowns, Veneers or Partial Dentures may need to be replaced after treatment.

How can I ensure that the effects of Teeth Whitening will last?

You can help to keep your teeth looking white and clean by not smoking, drinking less dark-coloured liquids such as coffee, tea and red wine, and by making sure you brush your teeth regularly.

We now offer at our practice Philips Zoom Dental Whitening. Please download or read the following PDF which explain exactly how zoom works.

For patients who wish to have Philips Zoom Dental Whitening to take place at home please download or read the following information.

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