It’s normal for teeth to yellow with age and patients interested in this procedure are invited for an initial consultation to discuss what they would like to achieve.
Patients are given a detailed explanation of the possible results, an examination to check their mouth and teeth are healthy, and then advice on the most appropriate technique for them. The results of teeth whitening can last three years depending on factors including diet, lifestyle and the natural composition of the patient’s teeth.
Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic provides two techniques, chair side whitening and home whitening. Chair side whitening takes one and a half hours to complete in the surgery using a powerful light to accelerate the bleaching process.
With home whitening, impressions of the patient’s teeth are made in the surgery to produce trays similar to a gum shield that patients wear for four hours a day for two weeks, inserting bleaching solution into them before each session. There is no structural change to the teeth and the majority of research indicates that whitening systems and dentist-monitored home tooth whitening techniques, which have been used worldwide for more than a decade, are safe. The results last from 18 months to three years, depending on the patient’s eating, drinking and smoking habits: tea, coffee, red wine and smoking discolour teeth faster.
For in-surgery whitening a two-hour appointment is required, with the tooth whitening procedure taking about one hour and half hours. A protective barrier is positioned over the gums and lips before whitening gel is applied to the teeth. After this a powerful light is directed onto the gel that accelerates and intensifies the whitening process by activating the gel, which gently removes stains on the teeth.
Whitening may be unsuitable for people with extremely sensitive teeth, numerous fracture lines in their teeth, or people with a history of joint problems. Patients suffering from gum disease are referred for treatment with a Harley Street Dental and Implant Clinic periodontist before teeth whitening procedures are carried out.