Bleaching

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Bleaching

Bleaching is an easy, conservative and inexpensive way to make a patient’s teeth brighter and whiter.

Tooth whitening/Bleaching

With the ever increasing desire for a healthy looking smile, more and more people are finding tooth whitening an easy, safe and inexpensive way of giving their smile a brighter and whiter lift.

Over time, our teeth naturally start to discolour. Even with the most impeccable tooth cleaning routine our teeth will darken as we get older. Our lifestyle and consumption of particular food and drink items such as coffee and red wine can significantly increase this discolouration process. So too can smoking- slowly turning teeth from white to yellow or grey.

Our convenient home bleaching kits give patients a brilliant result within just 1-2 weeks.

Tooth bleaching doesn’t last permanently and will need to be repeated regularly in order to maintain whiteness. Although some people can notice results for a number of years, most dentists agree that tooth bleaching generally lasts around 10-12 months before it needs “topping up”.

Tooth whitening is suitable for use on the majority of patients however whitening is not effective on manufactured teeth- such as crowns, veneers or fillings. Likewise, patients with Fluorosis or tetracycline stained teeth may be unaffected.

What are the side effects of bleaching?

Patients can experience some tooth sensitivity during the bleaching procedure. The amount of sensitivity varies considerably from one individual to another. Unless there are underlying issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, in my experience sensitivity will resolve completely within 24 hours of the completion of bleaching. Children and young adults can have significantly larger pulp chambers (nerve spaces) inside their teeth: I prefer to persuade patients to delay tooth bleaching until they are in their 20s.

Pricing:

Bleaching costs £350 for upper and lower teeth. With my current bleaching products and method nearly all my patients achieve shade B1. This is the lightest natural shade, after this we move into so called “cosmetic” shades which some people may regard as artificial.

Veneers:

Tooth veneers are an alternative solution to more severely discoloured teeth. They make use of individually manufactured ceramic facings which are cemented directly onto teeth to improve their appearance.

Planning for veneer placement costs in the range of £150 to £250. This involves providing the patient with wax teeth on a plaster model which will give an excellent representation of veneer size and position. This is called a “diagnostic wax-up”.

The veneers themselves are £650 each.

If you would like to find out more please book a consultation and I can advise you on the best option available.

Frequent Questions

Home bleaching takes 1-2 weeks for patients to be completely happy with the result.

Most dentists agree that tooth bleaching lasts about 10-12 months before it needs “topping up”. This is largely dependent upon a patient’s lifestyle; red wine consumption, smoking, tooth brushing etc.

Teeth can become sensitive during the bleaching procedure. The amount of sensitivity varies considerably from one individual to another. Unless there are underlying issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, in my experience sensitivity will resolve completely within 24 hours of the completion of bleaching.

Bleaching costs £350 for upper and lower teeth. With my current bleaching products and method nearly all my patients achieve shade B1. This is the lightest natural shade before teeth start to look slightly artificial.

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