Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a simple solution that can immediately improve the colour of your teeth and boost your self-confidence. It's a great way to complete your new smile following completion of your orthodontic journey. 

Why whiten teeth?

While everyone dreams of a Hollywood smile, very few people have naturally bright, white teeth. Your teeth change colour as you get older, and other factors like what you eat and drink can affect their colour. Coffee, red wine, curry, balsamic vinegar and dark berries are all teeth staining culprits. You may have an important event coming up, such as a wedding or holiday, that you want to look your best for. It may be that your teeth have gradually become discoloured due to certain prescribed medications or antibiotics. A build up of calculus (tartar) can also lead to yellow-looking teeth, as can habits like smoking.

Your whitening consultation

We will expertly assess your teeth to make sure they are suitable for safe whitening treatment.

Before undergoing treatment your dentist may professionally remove stains from your teeth. This procedure prepares your teeth to best receive the whitening application and ensures the correct shade is achieved.   

Whitening treatment

Peterborough Orthodontic Centre offers a whitening treatment to use at home. While you’ll be using the kit at home, the treatment is tailored to your unique smile. 

We will take an impression of your teeth to make your custom-made tray in a dental lab. You will need to return for a further appointment to collect your tray and pick up your whitening gels. 

At this appointment, your dentist will check the fit of your custom-made tray, and issue your whitening gels, with instructions of how to carry out treatment at home.

Treatment is then undertaken in the comfort of your own home, where you will place the whitening gels in the tray, and wear this every day until the required results are achieved. The custom-made tray makes sure that the whitening gel is evenly and safely transforming the colour of your teeth.

Trays can be worn throughout the evening, or overnight. The duration of treatment depends on the degree of colour change required, however your dentist will discuss your desired results with you and advise the length of your treatment time.

How long will the treatment last?

How long your teeth stay whiter and brighter after treatment is down to you. Stay away from stain-culprits and keep up a good oral health routine and the effects of your whitening treatment should last up to three years.

Top up gels can be purchased and used within the same trays in future, to maintain your new, whiter smile.

How you can keep a whiter, brighter smile

As well as using a whitening treatment, you can keep your smile looking fresh and bright by incorporating these five simple steps into your oral care routine:

  1. Avoid, or keep to a minimum, foods like curry and berries, and beverages such as coffee and red wine that are known to stain teeth.
  2. Have a glass of water or rinse your mouth out within thirty minutes of eating.
  3. Plaque attracts stains, so keep brushing and flossing regularly to remove any build up.
  4. Use a tooth whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.
  5. Visit a dental hygienist for a scale and polish at least once or twice a year.