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Teeth Whitening


When we talk to customers about the aspects of their smile they would most like to change, ‘whiter teeth’ is the most common request we receive. It’s true that due to age, genetics and lifestyle choices, we regularly see patients suffering from discolouration and staining of the teeth. Thankfully, professional teeth whitening exists to help restore your confidence, achieving results that you won’t be able to resist smiling about.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is an effective way of lightening the colour of teeth as well as helping to remove any stains and discolouration. One of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures – whitening – continues to increase in popularity due to the significant improvement it can make on the appearance of teeth over a relatively short space of time.

Who is teeth whitening suited for?

There are many things that can affect the colour of a person’s teeth; from the food they eat and the beverages they drink, to smoking, age or even genetics. Just as people’s hair and skin colour vary so does the colour of their teeth. Not many people have naturally bright white teeth and it’s common for them to become more discoloured as they age.
There are two types of tooth discolouration – extrinsic and intrinsic.

Extrinsic = occurs when they outer layer (enamel) develops staining from foods and beverages such as tea and coffee or smoking. This type of discolouration can be improved by professional teeth cleaning and are often not suited to bleaching treatments.

Intrinsic = this happens when the inner part of the tooth (the dentin) develops yellowing or darkens in colour. This type of discolouration cannot be improved by products such as stain-removing toothpaste and is best suited to professional whitening treatments such as bleaching.

Our expert dentists will assess your teeth’s condition and using their knowledge and experience – will provide guidance on the best teeth whitening solutions for you.

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

• A thorough, professional whitening of teeth.
• Improvement in appearance of smile.
• Comfortable treatment handled by qualified experts.
• Best suited whitening system chosen to suit your teeth.
• Longer lasting results.
• Improvements can be seen in as little as an hour to a few days depending on treatment.
• Purchase top-up bleach in preparation for special occasions such as weddings
• Regulate the degree of whiteness of your own teeth
• Safe and reliable.

Are there any side effects from teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is very safe but, as with all treatments, there is a potential for some minor side effects. This can include sensitivity of the teeth to cold, a sore throat and discomfort or white patches on the gums. If any of these side effects do occur they are usually temporary and will be gone within a few days.

How long will the results last?

Depending on your teeth and the type of treatment – the effects of professional teeth whitening can vary. Most of the colour change is permanent but if you smoke, or eat and drink products that stain your teeth, then the results will not be as long-lasting.

Can’t I just use home whitening kits?

Home whitening kits are a cheaper option used by those wanting a quick fix. However, recent research has shown that products purchased online or in supermarkets only have an effectiveness of 1-2%. Professional teeth whitening allows your dentist to use a higher concentration of agents for better and longer-lasting results.

Teeth whitening can be a complicated procedure, which is why we always recommend seeking the advice of a professional dentist when you are considering this treatment.

How much does teeth whitening cost?

At The Essex Smile Centre – our experienced, friendly clinicians are here to help you make an informed decision on your teeth whitening treatment.

We will take the time to fully assess your teeth, talk you through your suitable treatment options and answer any questions you may have. So whether it’s a subtle lightening of a few shades or bright white ‘Hollywood smile’ we are here to help.

Begin your journey towards the smile you have always wanted with teeth whitening at The Essex Smile Centre – speak to us today to find out more.



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