How Teeth Whitening Works

Preparation

Teeth whitening procedures are specifically designed to give you a comfortable and pleasant experience. Laser Teeth Whitening treatments can achieve up to 10 shades lighter in just one visit.

“The treatment is suitable for most people and is particularly successful in removing unsightly stains left by smoking, coffee, red wine, curry and most other dark staining food and drink.” 

The teeth whitening results will vary for each individual depending on the natural shading of your teeth and the level of discolouration and staining present prior to the procedure.

Depending on the shade of your teeth you may benefit from a second treatment session to further enhance the results obtained.

This is particularly advisable if your teeth have been discoloured due to antibiotic staining.

 

Teeth Whitening Procedure

A dental therapist will complete a medical history and consent form prior to undertaking an oral examination to ensure you are suitable for the teeth whitening treatment.

The therapist will agree your tooth colouring with you before commencing the treatment and will make a note of this.  A cheek retractor is put in place to hold your lips and cheeks away from your teeth.

“A whitening gel is applied to the teeth and is then exposed to a Laser light which activates the bleaching process.  This process is repeated for each further application as required.” 

Once the treatment is complete the cheek retractor is removed and the teeth colouring is re-evaluated and compared to the previous shade.

 

Post Treatment Care

As the whitening process continues to work for some time after the removal of the gel, it is recommended that the following steps are taken:

  • Do not brush your teeth for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
  • Use lukewarm salted water to gargle frequently.
  • Smokers are advised not to smoke for at least 24 hours.

It is also advisable to ensure that the following food and beverages are avoided for at least 24 hours following the treatment:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Red Wine
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Curries
  • Dark Green Vegetables
  • Tomato-based sauces