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The tremendous interest in makeover programmes has fuelled a tremendous growth in the cosmetic dentistry market.  This market was estimated to be worth in excess of £280 million in 2005, up 25 per cent from 2004.  Tooth whitening is a quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve someone’s appearance and a bright white smile can make someone look good and feel great.

In a recent survey, carried out on behalf of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, tooth whitening was the most popular cosmetic dental treatment.  Research has also shown that colour is the most important factor in determining the attractiveness of a smile.  The treatment is suitable for most people to reverse age changes and is particularly successful in removing unsightly stains left by smoking, tea/coffee and certain foods.  The results will vary for each individual depending on the existing natural shading of the teeth and the level of discolouration.

The advantages of tooth whitening are that it is a quick, safe, painless procedure that restores the natural colour of the teeth with no structural change.  People should also consider tooth whitening prior to any restorative work so that the colour of the crowns and veneers can be matched to the natural tooth colour after whitening.

Tooth whitening requires the application of a whitening gel to the tooth surface.  The whitening gels use oxidising agents, most commonly hydrogen peroxide, on molecules causing intrinsic staining, allowing these molecules to be converted into smaller non-coloured material.  Once whitened, the effects will last between 2-3 years depending on how much tea coffee, red wine or other staining products are used.

With tooth whitening treatment we can lighten your teeth by application of a tooth whitening gel to the surfaces. This is now done at home wearing close-fitting application trays for 2 x 30 minute sessions over 10 or more days. Once whitened, the effect will last between 2-3 years depending on how much tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and other staining products you use. If you wish to top-up the whitening you can buy additional gel for your home trays. If you wish to lighten the colour of your natural teeth, then the procedure should be completed prior to the construction of any ceramic restorations, as we shall attempt to match the tooth colours, so when you are happy with the end result we can progress to the next phase of treatment.


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" I have always found the staff to be kind, courteous and professional. I am a patient of Kates and she is wonderful! She always explains what she is doing and for a nervous patient like myself it is a a great confidence builder. " - C Jones

" Love the new practice! Great service, Kate explained everything. The quality of service is fantastic and always had appointment times to suit me. - will definitely recommend to my friends and family! " - M Williams

" Many thanks for the treatment I have received. All staff members can take credit for being so friendly and professional. I never thought coming to the dentist would be an enjoyable one " - E Conde

" I am really pleased with the cosmetic treatment I had, and the staff were great – Thanks again " - G Mader


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