- We take impressions of your teeth and the laboratory will make whitening trays to fit them.
- We give you a kit to take home, complete with whitening gel and trays.
- You place a small amount of the gel into the trays and wear them overnight for up to two weeks – you’ll gradually notice a change in the shade of your teeth.
Almost. There are a few patients for whom whitening may not be advisable, which is why it’s imperative to only have teeth bleaching done by a qualified dental professional. Your dentist will be happy to advise you at your next appointment.
The dentist is your only option if you want your whitening to work and you want it to be safe. Unlike over-the-counter or online products, professional whitening means the dentist can prescribe the highest-strength bleaching agent for you, yet adjust it if it causes any problems. This means you’ll get the best possible results with the least discomfort.
If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, you will first need to attend a consultation with your Clyde Munro dentist. We will carry out a full examination before confirming you’re a good candidate for whitening. If whitening is the right treatment for you, we will take your dental impressions, which will be sent to a lab where your custom-fit bleaching trays will be crafted. Unlike generic bleaching trays, lab-made trays exactly fit the contours of your gum line, protecting your gums and targeting your teeth more accurately.
No, the whitening gel only affects natural teeth – so if you are having dental restorations such as crowns and bridges, make sure you talk to your dentist about whitening too. It’s recommended that whitening is carried out first so that restorations can be colour matched to your newly brightened teeth.
Whitening is like setting back the clock on the colour of your teeth – so they will start to darken again with age and to collect stains again, just as they would if you’d never had them whitened. The key to keeping your teeth white as long as possible, whether you have them whitened or not, is avoiding the foods and drinks that stain teeth and maintaining your dental hygiene routine.