Stained teeth may detract from your best qualities and cause a lack in self-esteem.

There are many reasons why teeth become stained; ageing, drinking coffee or red wine, smoking, old restorations and previous root canal treatment can all discolour teeth.

Tooth whitening is a bleaching process that can safely lighten the teeth, giving you a brighter, whiter smile. The degree of whitening will vary from one individual to another depending on the cause of the discolouration, however this and the level of whitening can be discussed prior to the commencement of your treatment.

At Shire Dental Centre, we can provide you with at home or in surgery whitening so you can achieve the captivating smile you have always wanted.

The highly successful and very popular in-chair whitening system can lighten your smile by as much as eight shades in a single 90 minute appointment using a formulated whitening gel, activated by a specially developed light. This leading-edge technology delivers amazing results to enhance your best feature quickly and safely. A bright new smile will elevate your self-confidence socially and professionally.

Although in-surgery whitening is popular, some of our patients prefer the privacy and comfort of home for their whitening treatment.

Using custom-made trays, similar in design to a thin mouthguard, they are shaped to fit snugly over your teeth allowing for maximum contact with your tooth’s enamel while still protecting your gums. You will be given instructions on the correct use of your trays and gel so that you achieve maximum results. Although you can achieve the same shade as a patient who chooses the in-chair treatment because the take-home gel is less concentrated, your desired shade may take between 10 – 12 days to achieve.

Teeth whitening treatments have undergone extensive testing to ensure they are completely safe to use. The only side effect that some patients experience is some sensitivity to hot and cold, however this will often subside several hours after completing your treatment.

Depending on the colour of your teeth and the shade you wish to accomplish, results will vary from person to person. The longevity of your treatment will depend on your lifestyle and food choices. Smoking and strongly dyed foods discolour your teeth much quicker; however many of our patients have results that last for two or more years.