Whitening is a process where the tooth discolouration is ‘whitened’ to a lighter shade. It removes the staining agent through chemical means. It is a safe procedure when carried out under professional supervision. Treatment results usually depend on the severity of the discolouration. Both vital (i.e. live) and non-vital teeth (e.g. tooth with root removed) can be bleached and may take several visits to complete. It is not effective on dental restorations such as amalgam fillings, metal or porcelain crowns, etc.
Teeth can discolour for various reasons. The dentist will recommend the most ideal method based on your oral condition after an in-office examination to establish the cause and nature of your tooth discolouration, as well as provide you with more information on the various types of whitening procedures available, duration and frequency of treatment.
Over time our teeth can change colour and become significantly darker. This can be as a result of the normal ageing process or due to the effects of things like tea, coffee, red wine and smoking.
Tooth whitening is a safe, predictable way of changing the colour of your teeth and transforming your smile. Here at Herongate Dental Practice we have a variety of ways to help you whiten your teeth. Whichever one is best for you, you can be sure that you will have a professional team looking after you the whole time.
SDI Pola Day/Night home whitening system. We will need to take moulds of your teeth, which are then sent to the laboratory who make custom fit whitening trays. These trays are a couple of millimetres thick, in order to be as comfortable as possible. These trays are then filled with whitening gel as directed by the dentist and worn overnight. Most people usually achieve a good result in two weeks, but the ideal time of treatment is 4 weeks.