FAQs Deep Bleaching
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that teeth whitening under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening system, Deep Bleach Whitening is not recommended for children under 16 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Why should I go to my dentist instead of using alternative whitening treatments?
It is illegal for anyone other than General Dental Council (GDC) registered dentists to supply teeth whitening product for home use and in clinics. Beauticians or internet suppliers cannot assess your suitability for whitening, and incorrect usage could damage your teeth or gums.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Do many people whiten their teeth?
More people than you might imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference for everyone. Deep Bleaching gives the most dramatic results and is the leading choice at Hampsteads for people who want their teeth ‘as white as they will go’.
How white will my teeth get?
Deep Bleach Whitening can whiten teeth up to 16 shades brighter. Results do vary, but if used correctly teeth will whiten dramatically.
Will my crowns and veneers whiten?
No, as with all whitening treatments, Deep Bleaching will only brighten the shade of natural teeth. Any teeth that are crowned, veneered or filled may require replacement when whitening is complete to shade match the rest of your natural teeth. At Hampsteads we always offer a free of charge consultation for teeth whitening to determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure.
What happens during teeth whitening treatment?
Tooth whitening products contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide and are applied to the teeth as a gel via a custom made tray fitted to your teeth. Oxygen is released into the teeth enamel as these chemicals disintegrate, and this process is what lightens the teeth. Home-kits work on a similar basis, but teeth whitening results can take longer. High concentrations of peroxide can cause damage to the teeth and gums, so it is important to consult a dentist about the bleaching kits you are using and frequency of use to avoid potential harm to your mouth.
How do I care for my teeth after whitening treatment?
Having whitening treatment may make you more conscious of avoiding the things that can discolour your teeth, such as excessive coffee drinking, red wine and smoking. You should continue to visit a hygienist regularly as advised and keep seeing the dentist for regular examination of your teeth and gums.