Tooth whitening at The Mayhill
Does it work?
It certainly does!
Tooth whitening represents one of the most reliable, safe and cost effective methods of giving your smile a makeover. Here at The Mayhill we offer a range of whitening services including combination treatment, in-house and customised trays. Our professional team can advise you on the best way to achieve a whiter, brighter smile avoiding treatments using veneers or crowns which often require some tooth reduction under local anaesthetic.
All our whitening techniques conform to all current guidelines and legislation.
Treatment with Enlighten in an elderly patient
Enlighten Whitening works by increasing the tooth’s permeability to oxygen which breaks down stain molecules. It is a combination treatment meaning that there is a two week home treatment followed by an hour at the Mayhill. This is a simple, non-invasive treatment that gives a final boost to create long lasting effects.
Customised trays are constructed for each individual. The gel is applied to the tray and inserted over the teeth. The trays remain in-situ for several hours and require repeated application over two weeks. Provided the trays are retained by the patient then the whitening effects can be boosted from time to time. The ‘bounce effect’ is approximately 10% over two years and so the results are long lasting. This system guarantees a B1 shade.
Customised trays worn part-time for one week
Power whitening or laser such as the Phillips Zoom provide same day whitening. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product to break down stains and leave teeth up to 6 shades lighter. This system can take between 1.5 to 2 hours in surgery. The patient will be given a take home kit to top up with customized trays. This achieves the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. It also contains ingredients which are proven to reduce sensitivity
Treatment with Zoom Whitening
Home whitening systems use custom made trays that you fill with gel and wear from 30 minutes a day or overnight. Treatment time is usually 2 weeks.
Home Whitening treatment
We have over 20 years’ experience with teeth whitening techniques and are always happy to discuss these options with you.
- Always consult a dentist before making any teeth whitening decisions.
- Whitening provided outside a dental setting is not insured or regulated. Any peroxide products over 6% are banned in the EU as they can cause sensitivity and chemical burns to the gums and soft tissue. Applied professionally the process is safe and comfortable.
- Whitening kits bought online are risky as they can contain illegal chemicals and some can strip away enamel which can leave your teeth permanently damaged.
- Brushing teeth twice a day , avoid snacking and seeing a hygienist every 3 months can keep your teeth white. Whitening toothpastes are not always effective and can be abrasive.
- If you drink a lot of coffee and red wine, there are toothpastes that boost enzymes that keep stains from sticking to your teeth. Advice is needed on an individual basis to identify the best toothpaste to use.
- There are a number of whitening systems which include home whitening, same day whitening or a combination of in-surgery and home. All methods have the potential to improve the colour of your smile. They also require top ups to maintain the colour. At least once every six months to keep your teeth shiny white.
- Treatment times can vary depending on the system. Home whitening systems use custom made trays that you fill with gel and wear from 30 minutes a day or overnight. Treatment time is usually 2 weeks. Power whitening or laser such as the Phillips Zoom provide same day whitening. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and takes an hour. This achieves the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. Other systems such as Enlighten can take up to 2 weeks.
- Some people might experience some tooth sensitivity to cold during or after treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within days of the treatment finishing.
- Whitening does not work on false teeth such as crowns, dentures or veneers. Whitening only works on natural teeth. The active ingredient in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.
- Whitening is one of the least invasive forms of cosmetic dental treatment.