Teeth Whitening


We offer custom home whitening systems. This involves an initial visit allowing us to make bespoke teeth trays to fit your mouth. We will then send you home with the whitening kit in a strength designed to best suit your whitening goals and to guard against tooth sensitivity. You will wear the trays each day for two weeks, allowing the gel to gradually lighten the colour of your teeth. This gradual approach has been proven to give better results that last longer, and also to help prevent teeth sensitivity.

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There are a number of reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. As we get older our teeth get darker. This is in part due the ageing process, but it is also caused by the foods we eat and drink, and by other habits such as smoking and as a side effect of some antibiotics.

Some people naturally have a more grey shade of teeth, while other people have white spots on their teeth. This can be caused by early tooth decay, or illness when the tooth was forming. ‘Calculus’ or tartar can also affect the colour of your teeth. Some people may have staining under the enamel surface or tiny cracks can appear in the teeth which take up stains.

Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening. Your dentist will assess you first to see whether tooth whitening is suitable for you. They will tell you about the options you have for tooth whitening and which will be the most suitable for you. The most common type of whitening is called ‘dentist-supervised home whitening’.

You will have trays made specially to fit into your mouth like gum-shields. The whitening gel is then put in the trays and you will be given a routine to follow at home. The ‘active ingredient’ in the whitening product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel and dentine of the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.

The total length of the treatment can vary depending on how discoloured your teeth are and the shade you want to get to. It can usually be finished within two to four weeks. First, you will need up to four visits to the dentist. Your dentist will need to make a thin mouthguard and will take impressions for this at the first appointment.

Once your dentist has started the treatment, you will need to continue the treatment at home. This means regularly applying the whitening product over two to four weeks, for one hour at a time or overnight. The dentist will discuss with you exactly how long you should keep the tray in your mouth. It is important to follow the instructions that you are given to get the best result.

The effects of whitening are thought to last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink products that can stain your teeth.

Some people may find that their teeth become sensitive to cold during or after the treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums, a sore throat or white patches on the gum line. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within a few days of the treatment finishing. If any of these side effects continue you should go to your dentist.

Home kits are cheaper but they are not always assessed for safety and tend to be more acidic. Therefore, there is a chance that these products could damage your teeth and gums. Because tooth whitening is a complicated procedure we advise that you always talk to your dentist before starting the treatment.

Regulations covering home kits vary from country to country. Kits sold in Europe cannot legally contain more than 0.1% peroxide and this is too little to be effective. In other countries where stronger peroxide is allowed, home whitening is more common. But you need to be careful as some kits sold over the internet may contain mild acids and abrasives that could damage your teeth.

In Europe and in some other countries whitening can only legally be carried out by a dentist. So tooth whitening by beauticians and in whitening kiosks is illegal. In Europe, it is illegal to supply bleaching material containing more than 0.1% peroxide (or the equivalent in carbamide peroxide) to anyone other than a dentist, or direct to the public.

These regulations are to protect the public. They make sure that anyone carrying out whitening is properly trained and has the right skills and knowledge to carry out the procedure without risking permanent damage to the teeth or gums.

There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Although they do not affect the natural colour of your teeth they may be effective at removing staining, helping to restore the natural colour of your teeth. Therefore, they may improve the overall appearance of your teeth.

Whitening toothpaste may also help the effect to last after your teeth have been professionally whitened.

Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour. Also it only works on natural teeth. It will not work on any types of dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, veneers and dentures.

We recommend the following tips to care for your teeth:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Our lad had treatment here for 18 months and the journey from Clacton every time was worth it. Lovely staff , clean environment, appointments on time. Our son’s teeth are amazing now. 5 stars!

Staff always friendly and professional and I have absolute faith in Michelle, the Hygienist, and Matthew, my Dentist.

I am really happy with the treatment I received, the new filling looks natural – you can’t even tell there is a filling there, and it has also lasted. The staff were friendly and professional and the service I received was really good.

My daughter has received thorough and professional treatment at Evergreen Dental Surgery.

We visited the orthodontist in this practice through an NHS referral from our usual dentist for my son. He is a very nervous 8-year-old and despite this being an assessment appointment only, I was very impressed with the way he was involved. The lovely dentist that saw us and their assistant made my son feel at ease and took their time to explain clearly what was going to happen. Really good service despite not being our usual dentist.

The treatment was excellent – my daughter has a perfect smile. I would highly recommend the dentist to my friends and family. Very good service throughout the treatment.

Despite this not being my regular dental practice I was able to book an emergency appointment at short notice to assess and treat a painful tooth. The staff were highly professional and helpful and when I told them the pain had increased considerably over night they managed to bring my scheduled appointment forward 24hrs. During the visit an X-ray was taken and the dentist talked me through the results, treatment options and recommendations. This was done very clearly. The dentist then proceeded to treat the infected tooth even though the practice was due to close for the day. I was very impressed with the whole experience.

I have been a patient at Evergreen for many years and have been totally satisfied with both the service I have received and the treatment given. So satisfied, that when I moved away from the area, I chose to make the journey to remain with the practice.

I would highly recommend Evergreen Dentistry. I find my Dentist to be very professional.

My family have been with this surgery for years and have received nothing but the best of care. I would recommend this dentist in a heartbeat!