Teeth Whitening in Richmond


What is it?

A peroxide solution is applied to the exterior of teeth to change the teeth to a natural whiter shade. An impression of the teeth is taken and a mouth tray made. Peroxide gel is put in the tray and the patient is asked to wear it overnight. The peroxide agent then soaks into the teeth. The time taken to achieve the desired results varies.

Why is it done?


Teeth Whitening Surrey brightens a smile and improves the appearance of discoloured, stained or darkened teeth. It usually whitens your teeth quite noticeably, and allows the patient to control the results by the number of treatments they select.

Why do teeth get darker?

If your bite is unbalanced muscles of your head/jaw/neck may hold your jaw in unnatural positions. This can overload the muscles which results in discomfort in the muscles and eventually lead to headaches.

How can we improve the colour of your teeth?

Initially this would involve a detailed history of your headache and associated problems. I would then perform the comprehensive examination which is a detailed analysis of the whole masticatory system. Once a bite problem is diagnosed the usual treatment is splint therapy.

What are the risks of bleaching?
  • You can potentially have sensitive teeth due to the effect on the nerve.
  • Pain can be caused if you have open dental tubules.
  • You may have mild irritation of the tender tissues in the mouth.
  • Your gums can also be irritated if the chemical comes into contact with the gums.If you are overly obsessed with teeth whitening Surrey you can also be at risk of bleachorexia.
Is bleaching safe?

It is totally safe to the tooth structure. High concentration bleaches can be caustic to the gums, lips, etc. Some whitening systems involve applying protection to these areas. Poorly fitted whitening trays may also lead to the swallowing of bleach and irritation of the gums. Poorly fitting trays are the biggest problem with DIY kits and other techniques not supervised by the dentist.

Bleaching must NOT be carried out during pregnancy or if you have large cavities in your teeth.

How does teeth bleaching actually whiten teeth?

Oxygen penetrates the tooth structure and breaks down the long-chain staining molecules (these are dark), resulting in short chain molecules, which are light in colour.

Tooth Whitening is dependent on FOUR factors:(A) The Permeability of the tooth structure to Oxygen, which can be enhanced with a technique called Deep Bleaching.(B) The length of time the Bleaching Gel is in contact with the tooth structure (as long as the concentration of Oxygen remains high). (C) The presence or absence of a Chemical Accelerator in the Bleaching Gel(D) The Strength of the product, which affects how much Oxygen, is given off.

Of these factors, the most important is the permeability of the tooth structure to Oxygen. This is itself dependant on the length of time the Bleaching Gel is in contact with the tooth structure, which acts to enhance the tooth’s permeability.

There also needs to be a steady concentration of Oxygen throughout the treatment. This is only every achieved through the use of a Bleaching Tray, which is meant to seal in the gel and keep out any saliva. The only Bleaching Tray in existence that is able to do that is a Deep Bleaching Tray. This was developed over a period of 15 years by U.S. dentist Dr Rod Kurthy, a world authority on bleaching teeth.

There also needs to be a steady concentration of Oxygen throughout the treatment. This is only every achieved through the use of a Bleaching Tray, which is meant to seal in the gel and keep out any saliva. The only Bleaching Tray in existence that is able to do that is a Deep Bleaching Tray. This was developed over a period of 15 years by U.S. dentist Dr Rod Kurthy, a world authority on bleaching teeth.

The presence or absence of a Chemical Accelerator in the Bleaching Gel is also important. This causes the Oxygen to be given off more rapidly, resulting in an effect equal to a higher concentration of Bleaching Gel. But there is catch – the quicker the Oxygen is given off, the quicker it runs out, thus reducing the available treatment time.

And finally if the product does not contain any Peroxide, there is no chance of changing the colour of any tooth. The best you can hope for is just to remove any surface stains.

Bleaching techniques

The Richmond Dentist offers 2 options which are themost predictable ways of whitening your smile:‍

Full deep bleaching system

Historically the biggest problem with bleaching teeth was predictability and sensitivity. You could just never predict who was going to whiten and who was going to be in pain. Dr Kurthy’s Deep Bleaching has dealt with both these issues.

Sensitivity has virtually been eliminated with the incorporation of a sealant as part of the Deep Bleaching protocol. Again, I will review you half way through the process.

There are 3 visits to the dentist altogether:

  1. To take impressions for the Deep Bleaching trays
  2. To condition the teeth with stronger bleach, after which you would then do 14 nights of home whitening
  3. To return to the dentist for the final teeth whitening session.

Home teeth whitening with deep bleaching trays only

The dentist takes impressions of your teeth and then some deep bleaching trays are made. These trays are loaded with the bleach and you would sleep with them in overnight, usually for 14 nights. You may also be given a regime to assess sensitivity. I would tend to see you half way through the process to see how you are getting on and that there are no problems.

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What our patients say

Teeth whitening success stories


“I couldn’t recommend enough this dental practice to anyone who’s looking for a professional team and an outstanding cosmetic dentist. Dr Gill listened to what I really wanted, perfectly understood what I needed and delivered a fantastic job at a very competitive rate. The reception was bang on as well, always fast at replying and accommodating my needs. Really couldn’t fault anything from the very first moment I called them up and booked the initial appointment until the very end when I left smiling, with a new smile!”

Alessandro Alviani

“I was recommended this clinic 6 months ago for my Invisalign treatment. Dr Gill and his team went above and beyond right from the start. The level of communication, helpfulness and problem solving was far superior to anything I’ve experienced at other dental clinics.

More importantly my Invisalign treatment went very well and I am extremely happy with the result.

I am a very difficult customer to please but I can honestly say I recommend this clinic 100%”

Phil Williams

Sadly I have had to leave this fantastic dentist as we have moved away. Thank you to Hap and his team, you made going to the dentist a pleasure – which is some achievement! Good luck and all the best for the future.

Peter Hill

My smile had lost its sparkle before I came to see Hap. My teeth were dull and crooked and it was affecting my confidence. I wanted them to be whiter, straighter and I had my heart set on veneers. I knew how important it was to find the right dentist, one you could trust to do the best possible job. Through word of mouth and research, I found Hap. Right from the first consultation, I knew I’d made the right choice. Hap steered me towards straightening my teeth via clear braces (Invisalign), then bleaching. Health wise, he advised that my teeth were in good condition and that veneers might not be the way to go – in spite of the fact the veneers would have cost much more than the braces and bleaching. Again, I knew I was in the safest hands.Going to the Gill Clinic is not like my previous experience of “going to the dentist”. Everyone there is friendly and reassuring – like you’re part of the family. The quality of care is outstanding. The fees might be on the higher side, but absolutely worth it. In fact, I could have ended up spending so much more needlessly had I been guided towards veneers which really were not necessary in my case, at this stage. Hap’s attention to detail and artistry has transformed my teeth beyond what I ever knew was even possible. This has quite literally changed my life. I can smile again.

Carol Ann Docherty

“I haven’t got enough time to tell you how amazing Dr. Gill and his team are! I’ve been seeing them for the last two years while I had INVISALIGN treatment – they’ve been amazing at accommodating me as I have an unusual schedule being a cruise ship worker, but nothing has ever been difficult when it comes to fitting appointments around my lifestyle. The whole experience has been very enjoyable which many people wouldn’t think when it comes to seeing the dentist!

With regards to the treatment, I am absolutely thrilled to have my perfect smile because of the Invisalign, it was exactly what I wanted and suited me well. I am very happy with my (now!) straight teeth and Dr. Gill made it all possible for me.

I would highly recommend him and his practice as they are not only friendly, trustworthy and highly professional but you feel less like a patient and more like a friend, which you wouldn’t get anywhere else! The confidence you get from a new smile is worth every penny, so don’t hesitate to make the right choice – book a consult with Dr. Gill and watch your life improve!”

Marisa Hawkes

“I have been visiting the Gill Clinic for over 5 years – I first visited Dr Gill for some major dental work, and a fear of dentists from my childhood. Over the course of this treatment he gave me my smile back and allayed any childhood fears! I would never consider another dentist. I can highly recommend this practice.”

Louise Malone

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