Many of our patients choose to add in a course of Tooth Whitening at the completion of their tooth straightening, orthodontic treatment.
At Basingstoke Orthodontics we use a Home Whitening kit provided by Boutique which uses a 10% or 16% carbamide peroxide gel to gently and safely gradually whiten your teeth.
You may decide to whiten your teeth first or at the completion of your treatment. We scan your teeth using our Itero scanner, no messy impressions and from these scans we can not only construct your retainers but also construct whitening trays
We will show you how to use the whitening gel and place some in the whitening trays before applying the trays for a few hours treatment each day or perhaps whilst you sleep.
The gel releases a very mild carbamide peroxide which gently, safely and reliably whitens your teeth. The initial course of whitening usually takes 10-14 days to achieve the brightness you desire and then the trays can be used occasionally for top ups, say, every few months.
BOUTIQUE BY DAY*
6% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Boutique by Day is designed for people who want great results with minimum wear time. The formular whitens your teeth with only 1.5hours wear time per day.
BOUTIQUE BY NIGHT
10% & 16% CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE
Boutique By Night whitens your teeth as you sleep. It is designed for people who want great results without the inconvenience of wearing trays during the day. The 16% is a high strength formula for rapid results.
BOUTIQUE B1 GUARANTEE KIT
16% CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE
Our B1 guarantee kit offers twice the amount of gel as the regular kit AND a guarantee that the teeth will get to Vita shade B1. The Boutique By Night whitens your teeth as you sleep. It is a 16% carbamide peroxide formula and designed to be used in our super-seal S4S trays.
Individual gels 10% 16% – Purchased at reception
Some people experience temporary sensitivity while whitening their teeth. Boutique Whitening gels are pH neutral and integrated with potassium nitrate to help protect your teeth and reduce sensitivity.
Most people will attain the level of whiteness they want within 10 to 14 days. Sometimes it is quicker and sometimes it takes longer.
We have two kits available: B1 guarantee shade (eight gels) kit £550 and Boutique by night (four gels) kit £350. The prices include custom made trays for your teeth, whitening gels, BioMin toothpaste and Sensodyne toothpaste and a post-whitening review appointment. Top-up gels are available to buy directly from reception for £30.
Once your initial tooth whitening treatment is complete it is important to keep your trays somewhere safe and clean so they can be used again for a whitening top-up. You may not require any further top up but many may have a single over night top up before a special event for instance. That is usually enough to keep the teeth looking beautiful.
There are many over the counter methods that will give you the promise of pearly white teeth. Many of these will have little to no effect on the shade of your teeth. Most will simply dehydrate the teeth, and they will appear whiter for a short period of time, before quickly fading back to their original shade. At worst, these treatments can be very damaging to the teeth and gums.
A typical procedure would require one visit for a comprehensive dental examination. Legally, this must be done prior to teeth whitening. Pre-op photographs and impressions, or scans, can be taken during this visit.
It is advisable at this point to start brushing with a sensitive toothpaste to ensure a more comfortable experience using Boutique Whitening.
You would then return in two weeks to have your new whitening trays fitted to begin your teeth whitening.
You would then whiten for between 3 and 4 weeks at home, or until you are happy with the shade of your teeth.
Each syringe of Boutique Whitening should last around 5 days when whitening the upper and lower teeth.
If you use too much gel, it may leak, causing sensitivity owing to irritation of the gums.
If you use too little, the teeth may not whiten very well.
Dentist supervised home whitening is a gradual process, so you can decide quite easily when you are happy with the shade of your teeth and when you would like to stop the process.
With teeth whitening, even when the teeth become very white, they should still look natural and pleasing without looking fake. This effect is often owing to the use of overly white porcelain crowns or veneer, which are often more opaque and less natural looking than your own teeth.
When your teeth have white spots on them prior to whitening, there is usually one of two things that happen once you commence whitening – The white spots will disappear as the surrounding tooth whitens, and they become less noticeable, or, the teeth get whiter, but so too do the white spots, making them more conspicuous than they were previously. We advise to seek further information from us at your visit.
There is no need to change your diet during your whitening treatment. The only change we would suggest is that you do not eat heavily coloured foods for an hour after whitening your teeth each day. Apart from this you can eat and drink as normal.
The main side-effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity. Up to 70% of people who have teeth whitening will experience some form of sensitivity, from mild discomfort to severe pain. Some people may also feel some slight irritation of the gums or lips. Both of these effects are temporary and will resolve, given a little time, after stopping or finishing your treatment.