Harley Street Clinic, London0203 417 3891
A brighter whiter smile can boost your confidence and self-esteem. Our teeth inevitably become stained by everyday activities such as drinking red wine, coffee, eating staining foods and smoking. Although regular brushing and visit to the dentist can help to keep your teeth clean and remove surface staining they cannot remove deeply embedded stains.
Our whitening procedure has been perfected through years of experience to give you the whitest teeth the safest possible way. Your gums are carefully protected with a special covering before your dental professional applies our unique hydrogen peroxide whitening gel. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down the molecular bonds making up stains on and in your teeth. The intense light of the Philips Zoom White Speed Whitening LED Accelerator shining on the whitening gel makes the process work even faster, improving whitening results by as much as 40%.
Philips Zoom is not only proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades, it’s also completely safe. While other whitening products can harm your teeth and gums, Philips Zoom with Relief ACP actually gives you greater luster and protects enamel.
What does the treatment involve?
At the first appointment dental impressions are taken at the surgery and custom made acrylic trays are produced which fit snugly over the teeth, you will be given a pre whitening scale and polish if needed and photos will be taken. You will need to use a fluoride based toothpaste for two weeks prior to the procedure to reduce sensitivity. At your next visit you will be in the surgery for two hours where the dentist will apply the whitening gel to your teeth and leave for 15 minutes, activating the bleach with the whitening lamp. This will be repeated 3 more times. You will be supplied with trays and 2 tubes of gel to use at home.
Combined with in-house bleaching you will be supplied with 2 trays and 2 tubes of gel to use at home for 1 hour a day for 1 week. The method of using the trays and the gel will demonstrated to you by the dentist and all advice will be given and you will be given enough time to ask any questions, if necessary.
Is everybody suitable for this treatment?
Not all types of staining or discolouration respond well to teeth whitening. For results on teeth which are very dark or have patchy staining may be less predictable. Smoking and a high intake of teeth, coffee, red wine or colas can affect the result. Teeth which worn or eroded or which have been restored with large white fillings may also be unsuitable.
How will my teeth feel during the process?
Sensitivity of the teeth is the most common side effect of bleaching. This usually occurs around the necks of the teeth where the gum has receded. A desensitising agent is contained in the whitening gel to reduce sensitivity as much as possible.
How long will the treatment take?
This depends on the shade of your original teeth and how much whitening you require. The in surgery system takes two hours and you WILL need to follow this up in six days of home bleaching. The teeth will become whiter after this first stage but may require longer. To maintain your new shade, use of the tray about once every two to three months as a ‘top-up’ is recommend.
Special considerations about tooth whitening
There are some instances when a dentist may recommend that you don’t have bleaching for example, if you have tooth decay, this should be treated before starting any whitening treatments. Similarly, your gums should be healthy, so if you have any gum disease this should be treated before beginning any whitening procedure. If your teeth are extremely sensitive to hot and cold food or drink, bleaching may not be recommended.
Bleaching wont work on false teeth, crowns, veneersor fillings (including tooth coloured fillings).
Bleaching is not recommended for children whose teeth are still developing or for pregnant breastfeeding.