A bright, white smile can make you look good and feel great.
Teeth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the tooth surface.
Professional bleaching is the most common form of teeth whitening and it’s available in our dentist surgery at Llandeilo.
You should consider teeth whitening before you have any dental restoration work so that the colour of crowns and veneers that are visible when you smile can be matched to your natural tooth colour after bleaching.
‘Take home’ teeth whitening
Our dentists offer a take-home whitening kit that can achieve great results. Because teeth whitening is a complicated procedure, you should always have it done by a dentist after a thorough examination and assessment.
We offer two teeth whitening systems:
1. Zoom! ® by Philips
The procedure involves an impression being taken of your teeth and two custom-made trays are made to contain the bleaching gel. The trays are worn for 30 minutes, twice a day, for between 10 and 20 days, until the bleaching process is complete.
2. Enlighten ®
This is the gold standard of teeth whitening and guarantees to achieve a high degree of whitening (to shade B1). With Enlighten ®, the whitening trays are worn overnight for two weeks and the whitening is completed with a one hour in-surgery whitening boost. If you want the best, then Enlighten ® is the teeth whitening for you.
Your dentist will discuss which system is best for you during your consultation.
Frequently asked questions
Is teeth whitening safe?
Yes. Teeth whitening systems have been shown by independent clinical studies not to cause damage or structural changes to the teeth. Only properly trained dental professionals may perform the in-surgery procedure, which further ensures your safety.
How long will it last?
The results usually last up to two years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke or eat and drink products that can stain your teeth. We suggest that you maintain your new smile by re-applying the gel every two to three months. We sell ‘top-up’ gel for this purpose.
Will I experience side-effects?
Teeth whitening is normally completely painless. A very small number of people may experience a minor dull ache or sensitivity to cold during or after treatment. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. If any of these side-effects continue, then you should stop using the bleach and consult your dentist. Taking a ‘pain-killer’ such as ibuprofen or paracetamol easily resolves the feeling.
When might teeth whitening not work?
Teeth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth such as dentures, crowns and veneers.
Can a single tooth be whitened?
Yes, in some cases it can. Many dead teeth go discoloured after a root filling. In this case the canal of the tooth can be re-opened, the whitening product is placed inside the canal and the effects will work from inside out.
How much does it cost?
The cost of whitening will be discussed with you before your treatment starts. You will also be provided with a written treatment plan which details the cost of your treatment. Please refer to our Price Guide for an up to date price list for Teeth Whitening. These prices are subject to change.
How can I pay?
Payment can be made in cash or cheque or by debit or credit card. A supplement of 2% is added to the cost if you choose to pay by credit card.
A monthly 0% interest payment plan is available for treatments costing £400 or more.
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