Teeth whitening is a common treatment which involves bleaching your teeth to make them whiter. It’s not unusual to have stains on your teeth from ageing or from food and drink such as tea, coffee and red wine.
There are two options you can choose from when you’re having your teeth whitened.
- Teeth whitening in practice: your dentist can whiten your teeth for you while you’re in the chair. They’ll apply a gel to your teeth and use a blue light to speed up the whitening process, which means you’ll see results in a matter of hours.
- Teeth whitening at home: your dentist can give you an at-home teeth whitening kit, which includes trays and gel to take away with you. They’ll show you how to use it and then you’ll need to apply the gel every day for a couple of weeks to get your finished result.
Both in-practice teeth whitening and at-home whitening will achieve the same end result. Your dentist will show you a chart which shows you the result you can expect to receive after treatment.
Teeth whitening can last for up to a few years, but it differs per person. The length of time it lasts can be helped by avoiding food and drinks which stain your teeth after treatment and regularly seeing the hygienist. Most people have top-ups every six months to a year, which you can carry out at home, to maintain the brightness.