Teeth Whitening

Professional, prescription teeth whitening in Catford, Lewisham & South East London – the safe and gentle way to get your teeth whiter than ever! The Penerley Road Dental Practice offers Zoom! in-surgery and at-home whitening systems.

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Zoom! in-surgery whitening

If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of the yellow or brown stains on your teeth, professional teeth whitening is an effective option to consider at the Penerley Road Dental Practice. And with the Philips Zoom! in-surgery treatment, you can get your treatment faster than ever – it only takes an hour to lighten teeth by up to six shades.

How it works

Your dentist will cover your gums with a protective covering and then apply a hydrogen peroxide whitening gel – this breaks down the molecular bonds which make up the stains on your teeth. The dentist then shines an intense LED light on your teeth to speed up the process. After an hour, that’s it – a whiter, brighter smile!

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Home whitening

If you have more than an hour to spare and would prefer to carry out your whitening treatment in the comfort of your own home, the Penerley Road Dental Practice offers a convenient home-whitening system.

How it works

We’ll take your dental impressions and send them off to a dental lab, where bespoke whitening trays will be made to fit your teeth exactly. Your dentist will give you a set of syringes filled with your prescription bleaching gel – this is stronger than anything you can buy over-the-counter. You’ll need to wear your trays t home for the recommended amount of time. After your treatment has completed – usually after two weeks – you can keep your custom trays for future top-up treatments as and when required.

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Can anyone have their teeth whitened?

If you suffer with stains caused by eating, drinking, smoking or even ageing, then it is likely that whitening will be an effective solution – though you will need to consider changing your lifestyle habits to maintain that bright smile in the long-term. Generally speaking, if you have good dental health and aren’t pregnant, it’s likely whitening will work for you. If your stains are too ingrained even for whitening, however, your dentist will suggest alternatives. Book a consultation at the Penerley Road Dental Practice to find out if whitening is right for you.

How do I get started with teeth whitening?

If you’re interested in whitening your teeth, you will first need to attend a consultation at the Penerley Road Dental Practice. Your dentist will carry out a full examination before confirming you’re a good candidate for whitening. If whitening is the right treatment for you, your dentist will take your dental impressions, which will be sent to a lab where your custom-fit bleaching trays will be manufactured. Unlike generic bleaching trays, lab-made trays exactly fit the contours of your gum line, protecting your gums and targeting your teeth more accurately.

Why choose the dentist for teeth 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.

What does the Philips Zoom! in-surgery treatment involve?

Your dentist will use a special preparation to cover your lips and gums before applying Zoom! teeth whitening gel. The gel remains in place while the Zoom! light is activated. Three 15-minute applications take place over a 45-minute session. Afterwards, a fluoride gel is applied to reduce sensitivity.

What happens after the Zoom! procedure?

Your dentist will supply you with custom whitening trays and teeth whitening gel for touch-ups at home. To maintain your white teeth for as long as possible, it is advisable not to smoke, to be mindful of tannin-rich foods and drinks, and to practise good oral hygiene.

“From the minute you walk in the door and meet the friendly, efficient receptionist you feel at ease. The dentists are patient and reassuring and explain everything. They are gentle and kind. The dental nurses are also friendly and reassuring. Top service from start to finish. Don’t be scared!”