Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Whitening

One of the most common dental problems almost everyone faces is the discolouration of teeth/stained teeth. Due to this, a person is not able to smile confidently fearing the social stigma of having stained teeth.

Teeth can be stained due to a variety of reasons including the food/drink that we consume like:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Wine / Alcohol
  • Any food or drink with artificial colours
  • Smoking

Teeth Whitening or Tooth Whitening is one of the simplest and probably the fastest way to whiten your teeth and get that confident smile back.

At Wayside Dental, we understand the importance of a bright and confident smile which everyone is looking for. Over the years, we have helped thousands of patients in Harpenden, St. Albans and nearby communities by providing affordable and high-quality teeth whitening treatment.

Whitening treatments have a huge impact on the way you look and will make you smile more.

Here, you can have answers to your queries and any apprehensions that you may have about teeth whitening or tooth whitening.

What is teeth whitening or tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening is nothing but bleaching your teeth to remove stains and make them lighter. Though it cannot make your teeth shiny white but can improve them dramatically and is a kind of full smile makeover.

Do I need teeth whitening treatment?

Yes, if you have stained or discoloured teeth and if you feel shy in smiling confidently in front of other people.

Is Teeth Whitening treatment painful?

In general, it is not painful. But yes, if you have sensitive teeth. You may experience mild pain and discomfort during or after the teeth whitening treatment. This normally subsidises in 48 hours or so. In case you still feel pain or discomfort even after 48 hours, you should contact the dentist again. Your dentist will do a thorough check-up and would suggest suitable toothpaste and other products overcome the sensitivity.

I have some false teeth. Will Teeth Whitening work on my false teeth?

No, Teeth Whitening will not work on Veneers, Crowns, Dentures or Fillings.

Is Teeth Whitening suitable for all?

Yes, by and large everyone can benefit from Teeth Whitening treatment. However, people having tooth decay or suffering from gum disease may not be able to have this treatment.

What is the process of Teeth Whitening treatment?

The treatment process varies from person to person depending on their teeth profile, age, amount of discolouration and how fast they want the treatment to be completed.

Therefore, we offer a variety of options suiting everyone’s needs. The options include – Zoom Home Whitening, Enlighten Evolution Whitening and Whitewash Whitening Strips.

Whitening treatments have a huge impact on the way you look and will definitely make you smile more.

We offer a range of tooth whitening options.

Zoom Home Whitening

Zoom Home Whitening

Zoom Home Whitening

Philips Zoom! Home teeth whitening kits are a safe and convenient way to get your smile noticeably whiter in one to two weeks. You will get excellent results with little or no sensitivity.

During your initial consultation, your dentist will recommend a whitening product to suit your teeth, and make customised trays that fit perfectly to your teeth so that you get safe and effective results.

Once you have your trays and your kit, you can start whitening. You do this by putting a teardrop amount of the gel into each impression in your trays, gently place the trays over your teeth and leave them for the prescribed amount of time (30 minutes twice a day for Day White and 4-6 hours overnight for NiteWhite). Once the time is up, rinse your trays and your teeth with cold clean water. You will notice the difference!

We also sell Zoom! top-up kits.

Enlighten Evolution Whitening

Enlighten Evolution Whitening

This whitening system uses a combination of trays and in chair whitening over a 2-week period. With this system, shade B1 (the whitest your teeth can be) is guaranteed for every patient.

White Wash Whitening Strips

WhiteWash Whitening Strips

These are designed for patients who want to whiten just their front teeth or do not want to wear whitening trays.

  • They are mouldable plastic strips that contain the optimum amount of whitening gel to simply, safely and effectively whiten your front teeth.
  • Each pack contains 14 applications and they should be worn for 1 hour per day.

How much does Teeth Whitening treatment cost?

As mentioned above, different treatment options are available for different people. At Wayside Dental, our professional and experienced dentists will do a detailed study of your requirements and then suggest the best suitable treatment option and its costs.

To help you spread the cost of your treatment, we also offer finance options. For eligibility and details about the financing options, click here.

Is the Teeth Whitening effect permanent? How long will this last?

Though it varies from person to person, teeth whitening lasts long (for up to 3 years) if you consume less tea/coffee/red wine, maintain a healthy diet, avoid food and drinks with artificial colours and quit smoking.

What are the side effects of Teeth Whitening?

Some people may experience sensitiveness in their teeth to hot or cold food and drinks. This normally stops in 48 to 72 hours. However, if you still feel any pain or any kind of discomfort, contact your dentist immediately.

To whiten your teeth and bring back that confident smile, book an appointment today.

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