Food, drink, aging and habits such as smoking all contribute to teeth becoming darker over time. Tooth whitening is a safe, reliable process for lightening the colour of your teeth to restore a beautiful, more youthful, smile. Conveniently, this can all be done in the comfort of your own home.
At The Old Spire, we researched all the different whitening systems available on the market today to ensure that we only offer our patients the very best product in terms of results and safety. We have chosen to use the latest, state-of-the-art system, Boutique Whitening. With whitening gel manufactured in the USA, you can rest assured that Boutique represents the gold standard in tooth whitening to give you a beautiful, whiter smile, safely and effectively. This is also one of the only systems on the market that give guaranteed results.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Under the supervision of your dentist, whitening your teeth is completely safe. The special whitening gel uses a gentle peroxide formula as the primary ingredient to brighten your smile and is readily used by millions of people worldwide. In fact, the products used in Boutique Whitening have been used in dentistry for over 100 years.
How quickly will my teeth whiten?
You can expect results almost instantly, in many cases after just one night. However, to obtain the optimum natural whiteness of your teeth, we recommend that you use the home kits every day for 2 to 3 weeks. Most people in this time will experience a colour change of up to 10 shades lighter.
How does tooth whitening work?
First of all, we take an impression of your teeth so that custom-made trays can be built for your individual tooth whitening procedure. A special whitening gel is then placed in these trays and fitted snugly over your teeth. As the tooth whitening gel is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentine of your teeth to give a bright, whitening effect by bleaching out discolouration. The structure of your teeth is not changed, they are simply made whiter.
How long does whitening last?
The results are usually long lasting, although the duration of your whitening procedure does depend largely on you. Take care to practice good oral hygiene and brush normally, especially after consuming staining foods or beverages. Your results could last for years. However, if you use coffee, tobacco and red wine on a regular basis, you may need periodic top up treatments. Most people need a simple top-up about once a year to maintain a beautiful white smile.
Are there any side-effects?
Side effects are unlikely, although a small number of people could experience increased sensitivity to heat or cold during whitening. But this is only temporary, and can usually be treated with sensitive toothpaste and over the counter pain relief products. Usually, this sensitivity disappears within 48 hours of completing the whitening process. It is best to avoid very hot or cold drinks during this time.