Teeth are stained by the foods and drinks we consume. Smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright, white shade becomes darkened. Teeth whitening is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching process chosen.
A whitening gel is placed in a custom-made tray which you can wear whilst asleep or for short periods during the day.
Results are normally seen over 2 weeks.
The General Dental Council believe that tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry, which is limited to GDC registrants. They have started a test case to prove this in law.
They recommend that if you’re thinking about tooth whitening, to speak to your dentist. A dentist will be able to advise you whether or not you are suitable for tooth whitening treatment. Dentists, hygienists and therapists will be able to discuss the options available to patients along with a written estimation of treatment costs.