What is tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening can be a very effective way to lighten the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change but may lighten the existing shade.
Who can perform tooth whitening?
Tooth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a hygienist on the prescription of a dentist.
What happens during tooth whitening at the dentist?
Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are suitable for tooth whitening. Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. It also only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of dentures, crown, veneers or white filling.
The dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mouth guard and will instruct you how to use the bleaching gel. Then, using the mouth guard at home you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks.
How long will my teeth stay white?
The effects can last for a few months to up to three year. This varies from person to person. The effects won’t last as long if you smoke of drink red wine, tea or coffee which stain your teeth.
The mouth guards which are supplied can be kept, and more gel can be purchased to top up the whitening effect.
What are the side effects?
Some people may find their teeth become sensitive to cold during the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums a sore throat or white patches along the gum line. These symptoms are normally temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that stain teeth. Don’t forget, smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
Regular visits to the hygienist will still remove calculus (tartar) and other stains.
Tooth Whitening Testimonial
One of our patients from Renfrew recently had her teeth whitened at Tweedsmuir Dental Care. She was kind enough to share her experience for the website
Having made the decision to get my teeth whitened in Glasgow a friend referred me to Tweedsmuir Dental Care in Cardonald as my own NHS dentist didn't offer this treatment, it's close to Renfrew where i live. I had a quick consultation with Dr Iain Maudsley and was assured that i would see a massive difference in the colouring of my teeth. It made me self conscious to smile knowing my teeth were quite yellow and stained. I also work in Glasgow South Side so it wasn't a huge effort to make my way to the Practice just off Paisley Road West. In fact there are two train stations very close, both Crookston and Mosspark stations are only a 5 minute walk away from the Practice, plus there's loads of buses to get there as well as it's on a busy route between Glasgow and Paisley!
The treatment was pain free, no needles, no discomfort, no anxiety... just the knowledge that my teeth were going to look much better (admittedly, I had neglected them a bit in the past). Iain said the 'deep whitening technique' gave the best results. The whitening gel is placed in trays (which are a bit like a mouthguard) and i wore them for roughly an hour a night for 2 weeks. It was safe and convenient and I could relax in the comfort of my own home. The difference I saw was astonishing!
It's fair to say this testimonial is a credit to my new dentist. The team and staff within the Practice were excellent and cannot fault them for anything.
Home Whitening Kit
I have even purchased the home whitening kit just to top it up now and again, i love my coffee and red wine and this i know will stain the teeth over time so a wee top up now and again keeps the teeth white.
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