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One of the more popular cosmetic dental treatments we carry out at our Gloucester dental practice is tooth whitening. We are pleased to offer treatment that can be carried out in the comfort of your own home. With our teeth whitening methods, you will have a bright new smile in just two to three weeks!
During the teeth whitening process at Cotteswold House Dental Care here in Gloucester, discoloured teeth are whitened to a lighter shade through the chemical removal of the staining agent. The procedure is completely safe when delivered by our dental professionals, but be careful of buying whitening products over the internet. In many cases, these products have proven to be harmful to patients.
Before whitening and straightening
After whitening and straightening
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The most important thing to mention here is that you should not be using household bleach to whiten your teeth. Products for use in dentistry contain or release between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide, this is the level which is considered to be safe when used by a dental professional.
When your dentist bleaches your teeth they will provide you with a custom fitting whitening tray which ensures that the bleaching agent does not come in contact with your delicate gum area, this would not be possible if you decided to bleach your teeth at home without visiting a dentist.
If you accidentally get too much bleach into strong a solution on to your gums then this can result in soft tissue burns!
At Cotteswold House, our whitening treatment uses a product that will allow you to gently whiten your teeth at home in a safe and controlled way.
We will provide you with bespoke whitening trays that are designed to fit closely around your teeth.
This allows the whitening agent to be carefully applied to the teeth. When used on a daily basis for 2-3 weeks, you will gradually see a difference in the whiteness of your teeth.
In the United Kingdom the General Dental Council regulates the dental team in order to protect patients. The GDC position statement on the age that teeth whitening can be provided states that:
"Products containing or releasing between 0.1% and 6% hydrogen peroxide cannot be used on any person under 18 years of age except where such use is intended wholly for the purpose of treating or preventing disease."
Dental crowns, colloquially known as capped teeth cannot be whitened using the whitening method listed above. The bleaching agent reacts with the stains in your tooth and remove them, because a dental restoration such as a crown or veneer is normally made from high-strength dental ceramic it does not react in the same way to the stains and bleach.
The only way to whiten teeth with veneers or crowns (Caps) is to completely replace that restoration. We recommend that if you are to have your teeth whitened, and you have crowns or veneers, that you whiten the teeth first, wait for approximately 2 weeks afterwards for the whitening colour to settle and then have your new crown or veneer made to match your newly whitened teeth.
No, teeth whitening is not totally permanent. Over time your teeth may begin to microscopically pick up small amounts of stain from everyday foods you consume. This will generally show up as darkening of your teeth. You will probably notice that your teeth do not quite go back to the same colour as they were before you had teeth whitening but they will almost certainly not stay the bright, white fresh colour that they first go immediately after the treatment.
You may find that you need to top up your teeth whitening once every couple of years or so.
This varies enormously from person to person however you can expect teeth whitening to last up to 3 years. If you smoke or consume large quantities of red wine, tea or coffee you may notice that the whitening effect does not last quite so long.
The price of teeth whitening can vary dramatically between dental practices. At our practice you can expect to pay from £325, unless you are on one of our dental plans and it becomes significantly cheaper.
Some people may be tempted to go for beauty salons which offer teeth whitening, it is illegal for anyone other than a qualified dental professional to offer teeth whitening and beauticians run the risk of being prosecuted if they offer this service without the necessary dental qualification.
We recommend you read this helpful guide "Considering teeth whitening" written by the GDC. The guide contains lots of information about the cost of teeth whitening, where you can get teeth whitening from plus a list of questions you may want to ask your professional offering teeth whitening services.
If you’d like Cotteswold House in Gloucester to help you brighten your smile, contact us today to arrange your teeth whitening consultation.
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