Teeth Whitening FAQs

Our Wickford dental team answer some commonly asked questions about whitening teeth.

As you can probably imagine, we get asked a lot of questions at the Cygnet Dental Practice about the treatments that we offer. Because of its popularity, the teeth whitening procedure is one which we are most frequently asked about.

Below we have compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions that we have received over the years about this popular cosmetic dental procedure. Hopefully they will help if you are deciding whether to have this excellent, smile enhancing procedure!

Q. Does teeth whitening really work

Yes it really does work. In fact, in many cases, you should notice a significant improvement, with the whiteness of your teeth improving by up to eight shades.

Q. How does it work?

Unlike brushing your teeth, which can only remove some of the surface staining, the whitening ingredient, which is a form of bleach, acts to not only brighten the surface of your teeth, but also the inner part which naturally darkens over time. No amount of brushing your teeth will do this.

Q. Is it painful?

No. The treatment takes place in your own home at your own pace, although we will advise you of the most efficient means of doing so. As the trays are produced to fit your teeth comfortably and securely, there is little risk of burns to the lips and gums from the bleaching agent. A small minority of patients do experience a little extra sensitivity for a few days following the treatment, but this soon goes and your teeth return to normal.

Q. Won’t it leave me with unnatural looking brilliantly white teeth?

Only if that is what you want it to! During the consultation, we will discuss your aims and how white you would like your teeth to be upon completion. We will then adjust the treatment accordingly. Also, because you are in control of your home bleaching, you are, of course, free to stop your treatment at any time that you feel you have attained the level of whiteness that you wanted to achieve.

Q. Is the whitening permanent?

Unfortunately not. Over time, the inner part of your teeth will start to darken again. This, however, takes some time and you should expect many months of having whiter teeth. It is perfectly safe to repeat the treatment once you feel that your teeth have become too dull again.

Q. Can anyone have this treatment?

With the exception of anyone under the age of 18 or if you are pregnant, this procedure is safe and available to everyone. We will, of course, give you a thorough oral health check prior to any whitening procedure and treat any cases of decay or gum disease before the treatment commences.

Hopefully, these FAQs will have answered most questions that people have about the teeth whitening procedure. If you would like to find out about how to have a great new smile for the new year or if you have any additional questions, our team at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, Essex are always happy to help.

Patients from the surrounding areas of Essex can contact our dental practice on 01268 733078.