Teeth Whitening

Our teeth whitening treatment is a minimally invasive procedure that produces great results. Teeth whitening is a chemical process that lightens the enamel of the tooth, removing any discolouration.

Our unique approach to teeth whitening at Hockerill Dental Hertfordshire not only creates a natural look but has proven methods for safe, fast and effective results.

Teeth tend to discolour and darken with time. Various foods, drinks and habits may exacerbate the yellowing of the teeth. Teeth can become discoloured due to:

  • Staining drinks such as tea, coffee, red wines
  • Smoking habits
  • Food ingredients like turmeric and tomatoes
  • The natural ageing process

There are essentially two types of teeth whitening processes:

  • Home Whitening: We can make custom-made trays for you that can be used at home with our special gels to whiten your teeth.
  • Professional Chairside: This is where one of our Hertfordshire qualified clinicians work on your teeth to whiten them to the desired effect.

Foundational Health

There are various types of teeth whitening systems on the market that facilitate brightening the tooth in multiple ways. However, some teeth may not be suitable for this treatment. It is vital to have a healthy tooth, gum and bone foundation before any treatment of this nature. Therefore, our Bishop’s Stortford dentists may advise some preliminary treatments before commencing with teeth whitening.

However, if we find that the teeth whitening system is not correct for you, we can offer suitable alternatives. We can help you choose the most appropriate option after an in-depth discussion of your particular needs and an evaluation of your teeth.

Teeth whitening is a safe and popular procedure that can restore your teeth to their natural colour, giving you a healthy and bright smile. Teeth vary in colour, just like hair and skin. Even when they are healthy, they can be yellower or darker than others. Aging can also cause discolouration.

At our Hertfordshire practice, we use Carbamide Peroxide on the outside or inside of the tooth to lighten it. It improves the appearance of your teeth without having to remove any of your natural tooth surfaces.

Professional Chairside Teeth Whitening

A Leading Teeth Whitening System

We used the world’s most renowned chairside whitening system called the Philips ZOOM Professional Whitening System. This has been featured on numerous occasions on TV and media such as Extreme Makeover UK and USA. It provides instant results to give you that confident smile. Our dentists have years of experience using the ZOOM teeth whitening system and have welcomed patients from Stevenage, Hertford, Bishop’s Stortford and Cheshunt.

Minimal Sensitivity

You can achieve up to six shades of whiter teeth. These incredibly dramatic results take only 1-2 hours! The unique formula contains ingredients proven to reduce sensitivity when compared to other teeth whitening systems.

Together with its LED light system, ZOOM provides a technique that is effective as well as efficient. The steps in ZOOM Whitening Treatment:

  • We have a consultation with you to discuss your options and explain the procedure so that you are comfortable with the process. You will then have a detailed examination of your teeth, gums and jaws to determine your suitability for this type of treatment.
  • If everything is good to go, we will formulate a customised treatment plan so that we can get the best results for you. We want to be able to maximise the effectiveness and longevity of the treatment.
  • We usually recommend a hygiene appointment at this stage to remove any staining or superficial plaque. We need a good foundational base before we commence with any treatment of this nature.
  • The next step is to make a record of your existing shade of teeth. This is done using a digital photograph of your teeth together with your selected shade from our 3D shade guide.
  • Once the above is done, we are ready to prepare your teeth for the teeth whitening treatment. First, the teeth are isolated from the other oral tissues to procure a safe procedure.
  • The teeth are then covered correctly with the specially formulated ZOOM gels. The bleaching compound in these gels contains an active ingredient of (3-6%) Hydrogen Peroxide. These ZOOM whitening gels have a special light (particular wavelength) activated formula.
  • The eyes are protected using special goggles during treatment. A ZOOM blue LED lamp is then used to shine a light on the teeth activating the gels to start the bleaching process.
  • The basic technique is to leave the gels on for approximately 15 minutes and then to wash the gels off and reapply with fresh gel. This step is then repeated 2-3 times, depending on the desired result. However, this stage will vary in intensity, duration and changing of gels depending upon the specific case as outlined in the treatment plan.

Home Teeth Whitening

To improve the performance of the ZOOM whitening treatment, we also provide a Home Whitening kit. This means that you will be able to maintain the brighter colour of your teeth for longer.

Dental Consultations in Hertfordshire

We are based in Hertfordshire, which is located just above London. Easily accessible via public transport from London. The nearest train station to our practice is Bishop’s Stortford, just a six-minute walk away.

Why Choose Home Teeth Whitening?

This is a great cost-effective solution for those looking for a simple treatment to brighten their smile. Visit our practice in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire to be treated with a leading teeth whitening system.

The Teeth Whitening Process

We first need to understand the goals of the treatment. This is determined in the consultation and examination appointment with the dentist. A personalised treatment plan will then be designed after which we then take moulds of your teeth to create custom-made trays that fit them correctly. These trays are uniquely designed with features that enhance the effectiveness of the gels.

At this stage, we determine the starting shade of your teeth using digital photographs and a 3D shade guide. You will have a single treatment in the surgery to help you understand the process so that you can carry it out safely at home. We provide you with the teeth whitening gels that you can use within these trays.

The primary active ingredients of the teeth whitening gels are usually composed of either 3-6% Hydrogen Peroxide or 16% Carbamide Peroxide depending upon the system chosen. You can choose to have a single arch (either upper or lower teeth) treated. Alternatively, we can treat isolated teeth, especially in situations where the other teeth are artificial.

Duration of the Treatment

We advise you to wear these trays for one hour per day for maximum efficacy. The treatment is usually for two weeks. However, in some circumstances, we may advise you to prolong this for an extra week depending on your specific situation.

Effectiveness of the Treatment

Due to our highly prescriptive based treatment planning, we can create some fantastic results. Home teeth whitening has proven to be an excellent choice when customised for the individual teeth, leaving you with a confident smile that you have always wanted.

Please get in touch with Hockerill Dental to make an appointment for home teeth whitening.

Teeth Whitening Cost

Teeth whitening treatment is a simple process that gives patients visible results. Our dentists have used the premium ZOOM whitening system for many years. We also offer take-home whitening systems to our patients.

Boutique Take-Home Whitening:

Price: £420

  • Trays made especially for you
  • 30-minute consultations and impressions
  • 30-minute fitting appointment – 1 week later
  • Fast results – visible in less than a week
  • Max time results – 3 to 4 weeks
  • Contains a desensitiser

Zoom! Take-Home Whitening:

Price: £525

  • Trays made especially for you
  • 30-minute consultations and impressions
  • 30-minute fitting appointment – 1 week later
  • Whiter teeth in 3 days
  • Max time results – 1 to 2 weeks
  • Contains a desensitiser

Zoom! In-House Whitening:

Price: £630

  • 90-minute appointment followed by trays to take home
  • A relaxing 90 minutes to watch Netflix or to listen to music of your choice
  • Up to 6 shades lighter after one visit
  • Max results in 1-2 weeks
  • Adjustable light intensity – desensitiser

Enlighten Whitening:

Price: from £650

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Anyone Have This Treatment?

We usually recommend this treatment to those that are over 18 years old.

Is the Treatment Painful?

This is a non-invasive procedure, and it is very comfortable. It is not a painful treatment.

Is This Treatment Safe?

Yes. We follow particular protocols to make sure that the treatment is carried out following all guidelines and safety measures.

How Effective Is This Treatment?

Using the special formula of gels and techniques, they are clinically proven to brighten your teeth up to 3-6 shades.

Does It Cause Sensitivity?

The specially formulated gels have ingredients in them to reduce sensitivity, so in most cases, there is no sensitivity.

Can You Do This Treatment If You Have Sensitive Teeth?

Yes. However, we do recommend a precursor treatment that involves placing toothpaste designed especially for sensitive teeth in the custom made trays and wearing it overnight for two weeks before the actual teeth whitening treatment.

What If Sensitivity Develops During Treatment?

We recommend you stop the whitening process and let the dentist know immediately. We will in most cases also advise the use of a toothpaste (designed especially for sensitive teeth) to be used in the custom made trays and worn overnight for two weeks. After that, you may restart the teeth whitening treatment. Many patients that have sensitive teeth have found this technique very useful and have been able to achieve great results.

How Long Will Whitening Last?

It should last successfully for 18 months to 2 years. If you require more gels, you may need to visit the dental practice.

Can You Treat Specific Areas Of The Tooth Rather Than The Whole Tooth?

This is called Spot Whitening. However, since teeth whitening treatments whiten the whole tooth uniformly, it is often not possible to achieve this. However, there are a variety of other cosmetic techniques that we can use alongside teeth whitening that can be used to correct the isolated stain or discoloured aspect of a tooth.

Will Whitening Remove Coffee Stains?

No. You may need to see a hygienist who will be able to remove the staining for you in one dental appointment. Therefore we also recommend your Hygiene visit to be coincident with the whitening treatment so that we can manage both situations properly.

What Do The Whitening Gels Contain?

The primary active ingredient of the teeth whitening gels is usually composed of either 3-6% Hydrogen Peroxide or 16% Carbamide Peroxide depending upon the system used. It is prohibited and illegal to use whitening gels that are more than 6 % Hydrogen Peroxide or 16% Carbamide Peroxide, so care must be taken when considering this treatment from a non-dental source.

Hockerill Dental dentists have years of experience using the premium ZOOM whitening system. We also offer our patients’ take-home whitening systems.

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