Professional teeth whitening treatment can be provided by your dentist at Far Headingley Dental Care, here in Leeds. Teeth whitening is a safe and highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing or damaging any of the tooth surface.
Two whitening options available
Your dentist will discuss your needs and help you choose which option for teeth whitening is most suitable for you. Teeth whitening treatment usually involves using either a professional custom-made home whitening kit or a combination of home whitening and an in-surgery “power” whitening treatment to boost the whitening, remove stains and lighten the colour of the teeth.
Home teeth whitening
At FHDC we have opted to use the Boutique Teeth Whitening System for clients who wish to have the convenience of managing their teeth whitening at home.
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Combination teeth whitening
For optimum results we recommend the Enlighten Teeth Whitening System for clients who want their Home Teeth Whitening ‘boosted’ with a stronger whitening agent that can only be applied by a dentist or dental therapist.
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Cosmetic teeth whitening is a convenient process. Custom-made home teeth whitening kits mean treatment can usually be completed within only two to three weeks. For the optimum results, we can boost the home whitening process in-surgery in around an hour.
The effects of teeth whitening should last up to two years. The teeth will very gradually stain and darken again but this is a slow process and takes time to be noticeable. Custom-home whitening kits mean top-up treatments can be conveniently carried out at home to maintain your whiter teeth. The longevity of whitening varies from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth. Your dentist will discuss these issues with you before you start the treatment.
Benefits of teeth whitening
- Whiter teeth help you feel more confident
- You can look great for important events such as weddings, birthdays & job interviews
- You can ensure your ‘selfies’ photos dazzle your friends on social media
What options are available to me?
At Far Headingley Dental Care we offer convenient home teeth whitening with personal whitening trays and easy to apply whitening agent. We can also ‘boost’ the whitening process with an in surgery power whitening session using stronger whitening agents that can only be applied by dentists or dental therapists.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening has been carried out safely for over 30 years, and there have been no long term side-effects or weakening of teeth reported. During teeth whitening procedures, some patients may experience mild discomfort but this is temporary and does not interfere with the ultimate goal of achieving a whiter, brighter smile. Our professional teeth whitening gels contain de-sensitising agents to minimise any discomfort which may be associated with teeth whitening treatments.
What about over-the-counter teeth whitening kits?
Home kits are cheaper but they are not custom-made or properly assessed for safety. Over-the-counter cosmetic teeth whitening kits tend to be more acidic and abrasive, so there is a chance that these products could damage your teeth and gums. Because of current European regulations, the whitening gel that is used professionally by dentists can only legally be used in over-the-counter kits in very small quantities, and these tend to be ineffective for significant colour changes. Often patients attend the practice for professional teeth whitening having been disappointed with the results of inferior shop-bought or internet whitening kits.
What about teeth whitening treatments from a beauticians and hairdressers?
In the UK (and Europe) whitening can only legally be carried out by a dentist. Teeth whitening by beauticians, hairdressers and other non-dentists is illegal. These regulations are to protect the public. They make sure that anyone carrying out whitening is properly trained and has the right skills and knowledge to carry out the procedure without risking permanent damage to the teeth or gums. Only a dentist will be able to properly asses your suitability for whitening and assess the possible limitations or complications of the treatment.
What about teeth whitening toothpastes?
There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth, they may be effective at removing staining. Therefore, they may improve the overall appearance of your teeth. Whitening toothpaste may also help the effect to last, once your teeth have been professionally whitened.
Can a single dark tooth be whitened?
This depends upon the cause of the dark colour, which can include a dead nerve, discoloured fillings, veneers or crowns. Your dentist, here at FHDC in Leeds, will determine the cause and advise you of the correct treatment.
How can I look after my teeth once they have been whitened?
You can help to keep your teeth white by cutting down on the amount of food and drink you have that can stain teeth. Don’t forget, stopping smoking can also help prevent discolouration and staining.
Get in touch
To discuss how Far Headingley Dental Care can help you with teeth whitening, please complete the enquiry form on this page or call our practice on 0113 275 1323 during normal office hours.