Teeth Whitening

Have you always wanted to have whiter teeth? Have you got an important occasion such as a wedding to go to?

Teeth usually discolour with age but many patients find that they have stained teeth due to tea, coffee, red wine and tobacco consumption. The tooth whitening process is a successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. Your dentist can advise on whether you are suitable for treatment based on your tooth and gum condition.

If you are self-conscious about the shade of your teeth or if you have staining on some of your teeth, professional teeth whitening treatment is a safe and recommended option for you to consider.

Home whitening

Your dentist will take a mould of your teeth to custom-make a close-fitting mouth tray for you. The bleaching trays are created with areas to hold a reservoir of whitening agent against the teeth. As the tray is lightweight you can wear it comfortably while you are awake or asleep. Whitening gel is then placed in the tray, which you can wear while asleep or during the day. Results are normally seen within 2-3 days with the full effect achieved after 21 days. Once made, the trays can be kept and all that is required is more whitening gel.

Thinking about having teeth whitening done?


If you're thinking about having teeth whitening done, here are some common questions that Philip Guest has answered:

Patient: Do you offer a free consultation for Teeth Whitening?

Philip: Yes we do, if you would like to book an appointment we can discuss the treatment in full.

Patient: What types of Teeth Whitening Treatments do you offer?

Philip: We mainly do home whitening but we also do 'in surgery' whitening.

Patient: How do each of these treatments work?

Philip: Basically the whitening gels oxidize the staining compounds which breaks them down. However, the gels have to be in contact with the teeth for sufficiently long periods and be a strong enough oxidizing agent to work.

Patient: How long do these treatments take?

Philip: Usually 2 – 4 weeks.

Patient: How long do the effects last?

Philip: Usually 2-3 years, but the whitening can be maintained very straight-forwardly.

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Teeth whitening at Foregate Street Dental Clinic

At Foregate Street Dental Clinic we offer the Pola Day products for teeth whitening. For tooth whitening a method has been developed to clean away very small particles which have become embedded within the enamel structure of the tooth. A gel is used that draws all these particles out of the enamel, without damaging the tooth structure. The clean enamel, like porcelain, will create a lighter shine to your teeth.

Because this is a dental procedure and does not work on fillings and crowns a dental consultation is needed before treatment starts.

We use a home whitening kit that has a low concentration of the cleaning agent. You will be given two custom made trays that fit closely around your teeth, and a box of gel. Once a day you put a small amount of gel in the trays and wear the trays with the gel for one hour at the time. Over time your teeth will slowly turn lighter in shade. It is slower than an in-surgery system but the advantage is that it is safer, causes less sensitivity, and you have more control over the process. The low concentration presents no risk to the surrounding soft tissue.

Tooth whitening is a dental procedure. Only a GDC registered dentist can do the treatment, or refer to another dental professional to do the treatment. Anybody else offering this treatment is in breach of the law and one can put oneself at serious risk of harm, without recourse, by agreeing to treatment by a non-registered dentist.

Here is how teeth whitening works:
  1. You will be assessed for the type of staining your teeth have.
  2. A custom tray is made to fit snugly over your teeth.
  3. The teeth whitening process is activated by a bleaching agent, which is inserted into the custom tray that transfers it onto your teeth.
Home teeth whitening

Home teeth whitening kits are also available to lighten the teeth more gradually. In this case, the trays with bleaching agent can be worn overnight. With all whitening treatment, individual results will vary and are dependant on your initial tooth colour and the nature of your tooth staining.

Life benefits
Effective solution for certain types of tooth discolouration and staining.
Safe treatment when delivered by a dental professional.
Cosmetically enhances the appearance of teeth.
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