Tooth colour is a very individual thing: it can darken as we get older and is affected by food and drinks like tea, coffee, red wine and smoking. We know that discoloured teeth can appear very ageing.
Whitening can be a really effective way to lighten your teeth by a number of shades. The results are dependent on your own base tooth colour and the time you are prepared to spend with the lightening gel in contact with your tooth surface. Whitening will alter the colour of your natural tooth enamel but does not alter the colour of existing fillings, crowns, veneers or bridges.
At Chiltern Avenue Dental Practice, we use a variety of high-quality products including Philips Zoom Whitening.
Home whitening is a popular choice. It requires custom made tooth shields or trays which can be placed over the upper and lower teeth. We show you how to fit the trays and apply the active gel. This treatment will take a few weeks to complete although changes can be seen after a couple of days. You continue applying the treatment at home until you achieve the tooth colour you are happy with.