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Teeth Whitening

Lots of us have discoloured teeth. It is often caused by diet. Too much coffee, too much red wine - smoking is also a significant factor in staining our teeth. Sometimes, a lack of knowledge about oral hygiene can also be a contributory factor.

If we want to keep our teeth looking as white as possible, it is important that we follow our dentist’s advice on how to clean our teeth and look after our gums. The problem is that not all of us are as conscientious about looking after our teeth as we could be.

For all of these reasons, teeth whitening treatments have become more and more popular amongst adults. We all want to look our best, feel confident and feel self-assured. Knowing that we can smile, talk and eat without people focusing on our teeth makes a big difference to our self-assurance in social situations.

Bleaching has become the most common type of tooth whitening treatment available. As you would expect with bleaching, it is important that you visit an experienced dentist who will check the health of your teeth and gums first. Bleaching is a straightforward treatment. Done wrongly, however, it can damage the teeth, lips and gums.

With professional bleaching treatments, you will usually see a difference in the colour of your teeth over a period of around four weeks. During a number of visits to your dentist, you will be fitted for a gumshield which your dentist will then fill with the appropriate strength whitening agent. In most cases, this agent is a gel that contains hydrogen peroxide.

Most professional bleaching products require the patient to continue the treatment in their own time. So while your dentist applies a stronger whitening agent to your teeth within the practice, you will also be given a slightly milder version to apply yourself at home. This ensures that the whitening process is continuous, although you must stick to the instructions and complete the treatment to get the best results.

Time is always precious and most people who want to get their teeth whitened are looking for fast results. This is one of the reasons why laser whitening is increasingly popular. Laser whitening is a new technique that works much faster than professional bleaching treatments. A bleaching agent is painted onto your teeth and then ‘zapped’ with a laser to start the chemical process. You will probably have to have an initial consultation with your dentist, but once you’ve been approved for treatment then it may only take an hour before you see results.

Once your teeth have been whitened, it is also important that you look after them properly to stop them becoming discoloured or stained again. Talk to your dentist or hygienist about changes you could make to your diet to protect your teeth. Stopping smoking is one of the most important things you can do if you want your teeth to stay white.

The price of Tooth Whitening can vary depending on the type of treatment and the materials that are used.

In Surgery Teeth Whitening


The positives

  • Produces White Teeth

  • Immediate results, usually between forty-five minutes and an hour

  • Patient compliance is not a factor as the dentist carries out the treatment


The negatives

  • Occasional temporary sensitivity

  • Occasional temporary white spots although they do disappear

  • More expensive than take-home kits

  • May require replacement bonding, veneers or crowns to match new tooth colour




Teeth Whitening - The positives

  • They produce white teeth

  • Can be used at your convenience

  • When administered by a dentist, they are safe, fast and effective.

Teeth Whitening - The negatives

  • Occasional temporary sensitivity

  • Occasional temporary white spots although they do disappear

  • Takes three to fourteen days to notice full effect

  • May require replacement bonding, veneers or crowns to match new tooth colour

  • Patient compliance is critical for success

Some of the fantastic results after teeth whitening treatment at falkirk dental care:

What is Teeth Whitening Treatment?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dentistry process in which teeth change their colour. Actually, the whitening agent removes stains or other discolouration that your teeth might have.

How is it done?

In our clinic, we give you the choice of choosing what kind of treatment you want. We only use the best products so we think that is your decision if you want to do it at home, at our clinic or a combination of those.

If you want to do it at home we will give a tray and the whitening gel with all the instruction you need for usage.

If you choose to do it in our clinic, then a dentist will take care of the process. It will take approximately 30 minutes.

The third option is, as we mention, a combination of the two teeth whitening procedures mentioned above.

What kind of stains can it remove?

Teeth whitening can remove stains that are caused by coffee, cigarettes, wine or medications such as antibiotics like tetracycline. Also a big problem is ageing which causes teeth to lose their bright colour.

Who is not suitable for?

Pregnant women, those who are breastfeeding or anyone under the age of 18.

Will the dentist do an oral examination before the procedure?

Yes, the dentist is going to not only make an oral examination but he will review your oral history and he will give you a teeth whitening treatment plan so that you can enjoy your whitening procedure.

What if I have fillings, dentures, crowns or porcelain restorations?

We can remove stains only from the enamel surface. Do not worry, our dentists will make sure your teeth are whitened to an even shade. If you require additional treatment, it can be done in our clinic.

Is teeth whitening treatment painful?

Patients can experience some sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks. This is a temporary side effect that usually ends when treatment is completed or within 48 hours. If this happens we recommend taking some painkillers.

After teeth whitening treatment what should I eat or drink?

We advise every patient not to eat and drink anything coloured between 24-48 hours. So it is simple, if you see anything coloured in your plate or in your glass you say no for a short period of time.

Also as you probably guessed you cannot smoke anything for the same period of time.

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