What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades.

How does whitening work?

A gel containing the bleaching agent carbamide peroxide will be applied to your teeth during the tooth whitening procedure. This chemical will oxidise any stain particles – removing them.

Your gums will be protected during application with a covering. Any irritation usually lasts only a few hours.

What’s the procedure like?

There are three stages to the whitening procedure:

  1. Preparation – Initial preparations are made by taking the current shade of your teeth and carefully constructing custom whitening trays from teeth impressions or moulds.
  2. Whitening – Whilst your gums are protected by a special covering, whitening gel is applied to your teeth via the trays. Teeth become shades whiter very quickly.
  3. Aftercare – The shade of your teeth will be taken again for comparison. We’ll also give you a take-home whitening kit to enhance the results. You should not smoke or drink red wine, coffee or tea during the teeth whitening process and for some time after.

How long do the results last?

The results of whitening last from 3 months to a few years depending on the person. The results will last longer if you avoid smoking and drinking red wine, coffee or tea. The results can also be augmented using the take-home whitening kits.

Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening is safe as long as it is carried out by a dental professional.

Example of our work

Photo of the mouth before professional teeth whitening in Hereford


Photo of the mouth after professional teeth whitening in Hereford


How can I find out more about whitening?

If you need more information about tooth whitening, just give us a call us on 01432 274749.

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