Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter.  When carried out by a professional, the procedure is safe and effective.  We offer ‘in surgery’ or ‘at home’ whitening.

‘In Surgery’ Whitening

First, the dentist will assess the pre-treatment shade of your teeth.  A gel will be applied to the teeth, and a blue light is used to speed up the whitening process.  The process can be repeated until the desired shade is reached.  The gel is then cleaned off the teeth and the shade checked.

‘At Home’ Whitening

With this type of tooth whitening, we contruct special whitening trays, and supply tubes of bleach that can be used at home.  As the treatment is still planned and monitored by a dental professional, this method of whitening is still safe and effective.  A pre-treatment shade is first taken, before a mould or ‘impression’ of the teeth.  At Colchester Dental Surgery, we are able to construct the trays ‘while you wait’, using a machine at our practice.  After the whitening trays have been constructed, we show you how to apply the bleach to the trays and give you full instructions on how to wear them.

The trays are usually worn for 1-2 hours each day for about a week, but the main advantage of this technique is that you can ‘top up’ every few months at home, whenever you feel the need.  We also sell individual tubes of bleach which means you do not need to have new trays constructed.