About teeth whitening
If you are not entirely happy with the colour of your teeth, your dentist might recommend teeth whitening. The dental treatment uses a teeth bleaching process that safely lightens discolourations of the enamel and dentin.
The teeth whitening process is ideal for patients who have healthy, unrestored teeth. But just as some people have lighter teeth than others, some people’s teeth will respond to the tooth bleaching process to a greater degree.
To achieve the safest and best results, whitening treatment should always be carried out or overseen by a registered dentist. Teeth whitening can be used as a stand alone treatment or as part of a complete smile makeover, improving the overall appearance and health of your smile.
Why should I have teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is the safest and most cost effective way of enhancing the appearance of your smile. With instant results, our three teeth whitening solutions will address a wide range of patient needs. The cosmetic dental treatment is a great way of giving your smile a boost, erasing stains and helping you to look younger.
There are many causes of tooth discolouration. Tooth colour is mostly an inherited trait, but in addition to hereditary factors, tooth colour also depends upon the condition of the teeth, general dental health, and lifestyle considerations.
External causes include the consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, fizzy drinks and smoking. Internal causes include flourosis, disease, injury, previous dental work, and the ageing process. Death or injury of the nerve – caused by disease, infection, or trauma – may result in permanent discolouration. However, you'll be pleased to know that this type of colour change usually responds well to teeth whitening.
Bleaching can also be extremely effective at reducing stains caused through the natural ageing process. Such stains accumulate in the small cracks and chips of your teeth.
The whitening process
During a thorough oral examination, your dentist will determine if you are a viable candidate for the tooth bleaching process.
Our teeth whitening treatments can give a great boost to your smile. They're also great if you've got a special occasion coming up and want to look your best!
We offer three types of non-invasive teeth whitening to suit you:
Take home whitening
We also offer custom-made home teeth whitening kits, so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home.
You'll be given bespoke trays which you then fill with whitening gel. We'll supply you with full instructions on how to use the product correctly and safely. All you need to do is wear the trays at night, or for a few hours during the day depending on your preference. After this, your teeth will be sparkling white (up to 16 shades brighter to be exact). Home whitening is a gradual process, but results are normally seen over 1-2 weeks and will last for many years.
Enlighten Evolution is a high performing teeth whitening system that allows you to whiten your smile in the comfort of your own home. Its the only system to guarantee Vita Shade B1. With the lowest concentration, the 15-day treatment will produce a smile that – with good maintenance – will last for years.
Airflow cleaning is a great way to simply and effectively brighten your smile.
It removes many stains including tea, coffee, wine, curry and nicotine but will not lighten the base colour of the teeth. At Higher Lane Dental we offer a 15 minute treatment that focuses on the front teeth, a 30 minute treatment focusing on all your teeth or a 40 minute bespoke treatment allowing us more time to remove stubborn stains this ideal for smokers, red wine drinkers and tea and coffee drinkers.
Teeth whitening FAQs
Does whitening toothpaste work?
Generally, toothpaste whiteners only clean the stains on the surface and don’t actually change the colour of the teeth. Toothpastes might have some visible results, but for effective results, we highly recommend a professional teeth whitening treatment at the dentist.
Is teeth whitening bad for my enamel?
Teeth whitening is a harmless procedure and causes no permanent damage to the enamel.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening has been researched for over 20 years and there are no adverse reactions to it.
Can anyone have teeth whitening?
Most people can have teeth whitening, provided they are not pregnant or allergic to the whitening gel. If you have all dental crowns, bridges or veneers, then unfortunately teeth whitening will not be suitable for you as porcelain cannot be whitened.
Can tooth whitening cause tooth sensitivity?
If sensitivity from tooth whitening is to occur, it will only be during the early stages of treatment. Sensitivity will disappear within 1-3 days of stopping treatment. Tissue irritation most commonly results from an ill-fitting mouthpiece tray rather than the tooth bleaching agent. There will be no long-lasting effects on tooth sensitivity post whitening treatment.
How long does laser teeth whitening last?
Typically, you can expect whitening to last up to two years, however, it will depend on the individual. For the best results, it is advised to avoid coffee, red wine and smoking as these all cause staining of the teeth.