Teeth Whitening By Teeth Bleaching


Recent legislation, effective from November 1st 2012 has had a dramatic effect on teeth bleaching in the UK and the whole European Community.  New directives from the EEC restrict operators legally authorized to carry out bleaching procedures and the constituents and strength of the bleaching gels available for use.
It is now illegal for any operator other than a registered Dental Surgeon or a Dental Hygienist working under the direction of a Dentist to carry out dental bleaching.
Bleaching Gels must not exceed 6% hydrogen peroxide release. This precludes the use of 38% peroxide gels safely used by Dentists [with adequate tissue protection] in power bleaching techniques. Power bleaching in the surgery is now no longer a viable option so we have, for the time being, withdrawn this option. We continue to offer home bleaching with custom trays.
These changes in the law have been bought about in response to incidents where unskilled operators have caused pain and damage to patients’ mouths with incorrect techniques. Unauthorized operators will be prosecuted in the UK by the General Dental Council, the body obliged to protect dental patients.
With laboratory, custom-made trays which fit the patient’s mouth accurately, we supply Optident, 10% carbamide gel, to achieve whitening at home.
Far better results are obtained with our custom trays than universal trays purchased from shops. Accurately fitting trays retain the gel more effectively and reduce the diluting effect of saliva.
Home bleaching is slower but more predictable than one session surgery bleaching. Once you have the trays, the bleaching can be on-going. We supply extra gel on request.

Drawbacks to Teeth Bleaching

1.    Transient tooth sensitivity may develop after treatment but this will normally resolve within 24 hours. We supply Fluoride gel to de-sensitise.

2.   Temporary inflammation or white spots on your gum or lips may be caused by the whitening procedure. These can cause short-lived discomfort, which resolves within a few hours.

3.   Porcelain restorations such as crowns or veneers as well as white fillings will not change colour and may need to be replaced before or after the whitening procedure.

Alternatives to Tooth Whitening
Veneers – This involves minimal shaving of tooth enamel, but can change the shape as well as the colour of your smile. These are more suitable for damaged or heavily restored teeth, or crooked teeth. They are particularly suitable for in-standing teeth, but not good for prominent teeth. We respect tooth tissue and would not remove it without compelling reasons.
Crowns – This involves the removal of more tooth tissue in some cases, but is also suitable to restore considerable tooth loss or the re-alignment of very crooked teeth.

Post-operative Responsibilities

After bleaching avoid the use of tobacco, tea, coffee and teeth staining foods such as tomato paste food colorants and deeply coloured toothpastes and mouthwashes for 48 hours after the whitening procedure.
Proper oral hygiene must be maintained including regular visits to your dentist or hygienist in order to maintain optimum whiteness of the teeth.
Keep your recall appointments with your dentist

There are no guarantees as to the exact degree of teeth whitening, but they will be considerably lighter. The amount of teeth whitening varies with individuals and the source of the original discolouration. We will give you extra treatment if you are a difficult case.