What is Tooth Whitening?

Tooth whitening is the process of brightening your teeth and improving the appearance of your smile. It is an ultra safe, non-destructive, effective and clinically proven procedure making it the ideal choice for patients with a stained, discoloured, or dull dull teeth. Carefully monitored by the dentist, the procedure is either carried out at the surgery or at home, only requiring a minimal commitment of time.

Akit has been whitening teeth successfully for 10 years. His treatment programmes are designed to get predictable long lasting whitening that is maintains a whiter colour without suffering from sensitivity effects. He uses a protocol that is evidence based, trained by leading whitening expert Dr Linda Greenwall. His results show that the treatment is safe, effective and can be long lasting provided you maintain your beautiful smile with comprehensive hygiene.

“Whiter teeth, the healthy way”

How does it work?

tooth whitening before and afterThere are many causes to tooth discoloration. Some of the most common include the consumption highly colored foods and drinks (berries, coffee, tea, red wine). Some medications, aging, smoking, genetic abnormalities and trauma can also cause teeth discoloration. Not all discolorations are treatable with a bleaching agent, it is essential that an examination is carried out first to assess suitability and provide an indication of the results achievable. It is not advisable to have whitening treatment if you are a smoker.

Tooth whitening uses a formula of carbamide peroxide (breaks down into hydrogen peroxide), fluoride, potassium nitrate and calcium phosphate. The peroxide oxidising agent penetrates the porosities in the crystal structure of enamel and breaks down stain deposits in the underlying dentine. Under UK cosmetic regulation, only gels containing 6% hydrogen peroxide or 16% or less carbamide peroxide are approved to be safe to use.

There are two simple ways to whiten teeth, with whitening at home being the most popular technique. Both techniques can be tailored for isolated tooth discoloration.

In Office

in-office-philips-zoom-white-speedAt the surgery: 1-hour power whitening with Philips Zoom White Speed can whiten teeth by up to several shades, brightening your teeth dramatically to its natural shade.

Zoom WhiteSpeed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity setting so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort. Your lips and gums are covered and a gel is applied to your teeth. A special light is positioned over your teeth to activate the gel, which gently penetrates your teeth, breaking up stains and discolouration.

Whiter, brighter smile in just one visit! This is often followed up with a course of home whitening treatment.


At Home Whitening

at home tooth whiteningAt home: A mould of the teeth is taken and used to construct a closely fitting custom tray. A whitening gel is placed in the tray which you then wear for 2 hours each day (whist asleep or for short periods during the day). Results are norm seen over 2 weeks. Home whitening products are completely customizable, the concentration formula is tailored to your needs and lifestyle.


“At home whitening is completely customizable. A concentration formula is tailored to your needs and lifestyle”

What to expect during whitening treatment?

Important points about bleaching:
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  • The mouth will feel clean. The bleaching gel also has an indirect effect on the gums in helping them to heal or improving the health of the gums. This is how the technique was invented as it was first used to heal gum irritation during orthodontic treatment.
  • The treatment time depends on the amount of whitening required and the original colour of the teeth. Teeth that are very dark or very yellow/grey or have congenital staining will take longer to lighten (6 months or longer). With Phillips Zoom, your teeth will be visibly whiter in 45 minutes. With home whitening, when used as instructed, you will achieve great results typically in two weeks, depending on concentration of formulation and wear time you select.
  • Home whitening is under the patient’s control and so this can be tailored with your own schedule.
  • My teeth are sensitive? Everyone responds differently to whitening, and sensitivity is sometimes a side effect of whitening treatments. This can be easily managed be using desensitizing creams and gels in conjunction with your treatment to further minimise sensitivity.
  • The bleach agents do not affect existing crowns and fillings and so these may require replacing at the end of treatment.
  • The degree of whiteness achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of bleaching
    process chosen.
  • Whitening treatments help to reduce existing stains, but through consumption of coffee, soft drinks or just through natural aging, your teeth may eventually become discolored again. Teeth can always be “topped up” at a later date with maintenance whitening to help combat recurring discolouration. Some patients do a top up after 3-4 years. Some patients do not need to. Akit uses products with an advanced formula to help reduce whitening fade-back.
  • Teeth may appear to have white bands or spots during the treatment. These were already present on the teeth before bleaching. As the teeth become lighter, the contrast between the bands and/or spots and the rest of the mouth will be less and eventually unnoticeable.

Bad press?

Other important points about bleaching:
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  • Is teeth whitening safe? Whitening does not make your teeth more susceptible to dental decay or gum disease. Safety clinical studies have shown that whitening treatments under the supervision of a dental professional is safe for teeth and gums.
  • What’s the difference between OTC (over-the-counter) whitening products and dental profeesional whitening? OTC products are not customized to your needs, some of which can be damaging to your teeth and some do not whiten uniformly. The bleaching gel kits provided have a neutral pH and therefore perfectly safe. The system also included desensitizers to help minimise sensitivity, protect enamel and help improve the smoothness of the teeth. Professional treatment means professional results.
  • Who is legally permitted to provide tooth whitening? Whitening is illegal if not carried out by a dental care professional. Whitening is a cosmetic medical product and to ensure optimum safety, only dental professional have access to safe, professional-strength whitening.

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If you would like to see clinical cases of tooth whitening, please view the gallery.

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