Teeth whitening dental treatment in shoreham-by-sea

Teeth Whitening

You may have read about tooth whitening in the celebrity gossip columns and probably know someone who’s had whitening treatment, but do you know how it actually works?

Put simply, tooth whitening (sometimes known as ‘bleaching’) can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without damaging or removing any of the tooth surface. As we get older our teeth become naturally darker, a fact not helped by some of the food we eat. Bad habits such as smoking, and drinking lots of tea, coffee, fruit juices and red wine all add to staining which effects the overall colour of our teeth.

How does teeth whitening work?

There are a number of ways to superficially whiten teeth using over-the-counter products, such as whitening toothpastes. But although these help to remove plaque and surface stains, they are not able to produce dramatic whitening results. Peroxide-based whitening gels and whitening strips, which are applied directly onto the surface of your teeth are also available, but they should be used with care and their effectiveness cannot be assured.

For really effective whitening results we recommend using professional whitening treatments under the supervision of a dentist or qualified hygienist. These treatments contain hydrogen peroxide, at a concentration that is not available in over-the-counter products and which can only be prescribed by a dental professional. Hydrogen peroxide is perfectly safe and when applied to the teeth allows oxygen molecules to gently work their way into the hard outer surface (enamel) gradually lightening the shade.

Dentist-supervised home whitening is the best way to whiten your teeth in the privacy of your own home. We use custom-made trays that fit over your teeth, similar to a gum shield. These ‘bleaching trays’ are filled with a whitening gel and worn every night for two weeks – effectively whitening your teeth as you sleep.

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3 easy steps to whiter teeth

Our proven whitening treatment can help you boost your confidence and is guaranteed to give you whiter teeth, whilst safeguarding your dental enamel. For the best whitening results, follow these 3 easy steps:

  • 1. We take impressions of your teeth and make whitening trays to fit them

  • 2. You get a kit to take home complete with whitening gel and trays

  • 3. You place a small amount of the gel into the trays and wear them overnight for up to two weeks – you'll gradually notice a change in the shade of your teeth

Remember, tooth whitening should only be done under the supervision of your dentist or a suitably qualified hygienist, who will assess you first to make sure you are suitable for treatment. Don’t trust your teeth to anyone who’s not a fully qualified dental professional!

Done properly, whitening is a safe and effective method of brightening all natural healthy teeth and with a good oral health routine can be long lasting.

Call us today on 01273 453109 to get started!

To enquire about Teeth Whitening please contact us below

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St Mary's House Dental Care
St Mary's Road
West Sussex,
BN43 5ZA

Tel: 01273 453109
Email: info@smhdental.co.uk

Opening Hours

M: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.30 - 17.10
W: 08.30 - 17.10
T: 08.10 - 17.10
F: 08.10 - 15.30


If you are a patient of the practice and have an emergency, we’ll do our best to see you that same day. If the practice is closed, please telephone 01273 453109 and listen to the recorded message for details of our out-of-hours emergency cover. If you are not a patient of the practice and have a dental emergency, please phone 01273 453109 and we will do our best to provide emergency treatment for you. Please note that our out-of-hours service is only available to our registered patients.


If any aspect of our service has not met with the standards we aim for, please ask for a copy of our complaints policy and details of the procedure we will follow

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