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All your Teeth Whitening Questions Answered - Visage Dental Spa Harpenden | Dentist | Whitening | Hygiene | Dentistry | Hertfordshire | Wheathampstead | St.Albans | Luton

Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet.  Professional tooth whitening is an effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of your tooth’s surface.

How safe is it?

If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Bleaching the teeth, with dentist prescribed kits is equivalent to drinking one soda drink. The bleaching material has a Ph., which is neutral.

There are problems with the bleaching kits that are purchased over the counter. Although they are inexpensive, they normally contain an acid rinse, which can damage the teeth or thin down the enamel of the teeth. This acid rinse can be extremely harmful to teeth.

What are the side effects?

The most common side effect is tooth and gum sensitivity. Many people experience sensitivity any way. This occurs around the necks of the teeth were the gums have receded. If you experience any sensitivity stop bleaching your teeth for a few days. You can resumes after 3-4 days. You can also place sensitive toothpaste in your trays for an hour a day.

However with Zoom whitening products they contain ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), potassium nitrate and fluoride, which is proven to reduce sensitivity.

Who can offer it?

Only trained dental professionals can carry out teeth whitening. It is a dental procedure and anybody carrying out tooth whitening other than a qualified dental professional is doing it illegally.

Is there an age restriction?

Teeth whitening cannot be offered to anyone younger than 18.

Can you whiten you teeth if you are pregnant or nursing?

Pregnant or nursing women are advised to avoid teeth whitening. The potential impact of swallowed bleach on the fetus or baby is not yet known.

What is the first step?

You will need an initial consultation with a dentist who will check if you are suitable for teeth whitening. They will go through the different teeth whitening options and help you decide on the best option for you.

Types of Teeth whitening

1:Home:Whitening gel is placed into custom made trays similar to a mouth guard. The tray is worn for 1 hour per day (day whitening) or between 6-8 hours (night whitening).

2:In spa: This is done at our spa. After we have prepared your teeth and protected your gums. We place the gel onto your teeth and use an LED light to activate the gel. The appointment is 1.5 hours long. After this session you will need to wear custom made trays for 1 hour for 3 days to complete the whitening treatment.

How long does it take?

1::Home: It can take anywhere between 2 & 12 weeks

2:In Spa: The appointment is for 1.5 hours plus you will need to wear the custom trays for 1 hour per day for 3 days.

What if I have fillings , crowns or veneers?

Teeth whitening will not work on any ‘false’ teeth such as veneers, crowns or dentures, nor will it whiten fillings. These may need to be replaced after tooth whitening to match the new colour of your teeth.

Can a single tooth which has been root filled be whitened?

Yes. Sometimes dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. If the tooth has been root treated, the canal maybe reopened. The whitening product is applied from the inside to whiten the tooth.

What happens if the teeth do not bleach evenly?

If the teeth have white spots on them before bleaching, these spots will appear whiter during the first few days, however the contrast between the spots and the rest of the tooth will be less and eventually they will not very noticeable. Sometimes we carry out a procedure called Micro-abrasion for where the white spots can be more permanently removed.

Some teeth may appear banded with lighter/whiter areas. Again these banding s are originally present on the tooth. As the tooth is dark these bandings are not obvious. As the tooth becomes lighter , the lighter parts of the tooth will lighten first followed by the darker banded area. After a week or so these will not be noticeable any more.

How will my teeth feel?

Your teeth will feel very clean after the bleaching procedure. The bleaching material also has an indirect effect on the gum in helping or improving the health of the gums. This s how the technique was invented as it was first used to heal gum irritation during orthodontic treatment.

How long does teeth whitening last?

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to 3 years. However this will vary from person to person. Your teeth will appear darker as well if you smoke, eat or drink products that stain your teeth.

We recommend our Silver Hygiene service to remove the surfaces stains. We use an Airflow system (similar to a patio jet wash) to remove the stains followed by a high gloss polish.

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