The most important thing you wear is your smile. Stained and discoloured teeth can leave you feeling unattractive and lead to low self-esteem.
If you are unhappy about the colour or shade of your teeth, our teeth whitening systems can bring your confidence back and make your smile beautiful. These systems can improve the shade of your teeth from just a few shades up to dazzling white.
Teeth whitening is an established and safe way to change the colour of your teeth. The only safe material to use is hydrogen peroxide and this can only legally be done by a dentist or dental hygienist, so avoid beauty salons and internet products. If other materials are used they may permanently damage your teeth.
The hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen free radicals that can remove the stain molecules in the teeth. Teeth whitening will change the colour of your natural teeth but will not change the colour of existing fillings or porcelain restorations.
At The Smile Practice in Oxford, we are delighted to offer you a range of whitening options depending on your goals and budget:
Zoom in Surgery Power Whitening
This procedure usually takes just over an hour and can brighten your teeth by several shades in that period of time. A light-activated whitening gel is used to whiten your teeth rapidly. It is best to follow up the power whitening with 3-5 days of home whitening to ensure the best possible result. This will stabilise the colour change achieved.
Custom home whitening kits
Custom fitted soft whitening trays are made, into which the whitening gel is placed. Typically they are worn for an hour a day. Different concentrations of gel can be used in different circumstances and we will prescribe the concentration that we feel most appropriate. Typically, the trays are worn over a 2-3 week period.
Enlighten deep bleaching
At The Smile Practice we are strong believers in offering both choice and reliability. We are delighted to be able to offer Enlighten deep bleaching, which is a terrific system and the only one in the UK to guarantee the results achieved or your money back. It uses a combination of a “home tray” system followed immediately by an “in-surgery procedure”. Although more expensive than the conventional tray system alone, the results can be very impressive, as seen in the “before and after” images below. Unlike some other power whitening systems, it causes comparatively little sensitivity.
Not all stained teeth need whitening procedures. If the stain is only on the surface, it can simply be removed by the hygienist to restore your tooth’s natural colour.