Teeth whitening

Bespoke whitening in LS18. Your smile, only better.

Whitening in Leeds that actually works

If you’re looking for teeth whitening in Leeds, you’ve come to the right place. Professional teeth whitening is one of our most popular treatments at Horsforth Dental – and it’s easy to see why. It’s safe, it’s legal, and it works – because it uses a higher-strength, prescription-only bleaching gel that no over-the-counter treatment can match. At Horsforth Dental, we recommend the Novon whitening system – formulated to deliver higher quality teeth whitening results in the same time as other brands – and with less sensitivity.

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Whitening done the right way

Allow us to bust some whitening myths. Don’t be tempted by the claims of some beauticians – whitening is illegal unless it is prescribed by a medical professional who has carried out a face-to-face assessment first. Skip this bit, and you may find yourself the victim of dangerously high concentrations of bleaching gel, which causes permanent, painful damage to teeth and gums. Next, let’s talk about the ‘Ross from Friends’ effect (that’s Season 6, Episode 8 btw): it is not possible to ‘overdo’ your whitening! Nobody wants glow-in-the-dark teeth, no matter how white they look by day.

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Getting started with teeth whitening

First things first: come to Horsforth Dental for a teeth-whitening consultation. We will carry out a full examination to confirm you’re a good candidate for whitening – your teeth and gums will need to be healthy enough to withstand the bleaching process. If they are not, we’ll discuss what you need to do; you may need to arrange a visit to our hygienist.

Next, we’ll take your dental impressions, which will be sent to a lab to create bespoke bleaching trays for you to wear. Unlike generic bleaching trays, lab-made trays exactly fit the contours of your gum line, protecting your gums and targeting your teeth more accurately. Once your trays are ready, we’ll give you your prescription bleaching gel. Wear your trays for the prescribed amount of time each day for around two weeks.

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FAQs

Can anyone get their teeth whitened?

No. There are a few patients for whom whitening may not be advisable, which is why it’s important you see a dentist for whitening, so we can check your teeth and gums are healthy enough to withstand bleaching. Whitening is not suitable if you are pregnant or under 18.

Why is the dentist the best option for whitening?

The dentist is your only option if you want your whitening to work and you want it to be safe. Unlike over-the-counter or online products, professional whitening means the dentist can prescribe the highest-strength bleaching agent for you, yet adjust it if it causes any problems. This means you’ll get the best possible results with the least discomfort.

Can you whiten fillings, crowns or bridges?

No, the whitening gel only affects natural teeth – so if you are having dental restorations, make sure you talk to your dentist about whitening too. We generally suggest that whitening is carried out first so that your crowns or bridges can be colour-matched to your newly brightened teeth. Likewise, fillings will need to be replaced after whitening.

How long does teeth whitening last?

You’ll have to put some work in if you want your whitened teeth to stay that way. Your smile will naturally start to darken again with age and staining. The key to keeping your teeth white as long as possible is to be mindful about the foods and drinks you consume, maintain a great dental hygiene routine, and don’t skip your check-ups or hygiene appointments. You can also use your bespoke whitening trays for top-up treatments that you can get from your dentist.

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