Our patients achieve flawless results, whether it’s a subtle tweak or a comprehensive smile makeover.
If you’re over 18, we can even combine your orthodontic treatment with teeth whitening for the perfect finishing touch.
Professional home teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is a popular accompaniment to braces. Together, whitening and orthodontic treatment can transform your smile and rival the results of cosmetic treatments like veneers (braces have the added benefit of long-lasting results).
We use the Pola Night teeth whitening system, which uses carbamide peroxide to safely brighten your teeth. Unlike over-the-counter kits, Pola Night achieves noticeable results while still being gentle on your teeth and gums.
How does it work?
You’ll wear your Pola Night whitening gel with your removable retainers. Just place a small drop of whitening gel into your retainers to cover each tooth.
We’ll give you advice on how long and how often to whiten your teeth. Pola Night contains a unique blend of soothers, conditioners and a high-water content to minimise sensitivity.
The whitening agent in Pola Night is carbamide peroxide. It works by penetrating your tooth’s enamel to break down discoloured molecules. It can tackle extrinsic surface stains and intrinsic stains below your enamel.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is very safe – providing you see a registered dentist or dental specialist. In Ireland, it’s illegal for anyone else to offer teeth whitening treatments.
Before we start your whitening, Dr. Jackie Bracken will examine your teeth and gums to make sure you’re suitable for treatment.
We’ll go through your instructions carefully and make sure you’re confident about how much gel to use and how to seat your retainers.
You’ll be fully informed of any risks before we start your treatment. If you have any questions at home, don’t hesitate to contact us.
How effective is home whitening?
Professional home teeth whitening that’s administered by a dentist is highly effective.
Dentists can offer teeth whitening treatments that contain up to 6% hydrogen peroxide (which is the equivalent of 17% carbamide peroxide). Over time, you’ll be able to build up the whiteness of your teeth for a noticeable difference.
High street whitening treatments such as toothpastes and over-the-counter kits can only contain a maximum of 0.1% hydrogen peroxide.
These products can sometimes improve surface stains, but they don’t contain enough hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth.
Some whitening toothpastes brighten teeth using an abrasive action, which can remove everyday stains but could also damage your enamel. If you are unsure about which toothpaste to use, ask your dentist for advice.
If you’d like to talk to us about braces and teeth whitening, we’d love to meet you for a consultation. Contact our friendly team or book online.