For those who don’t know me at Belmore Dental Studio, I am the dental hygienist and therapist. I have been working at Belmore for nearly ten years. I am married to Joe and sister in law to Sinead. Working alongside Sinead and Joe is a a fantastic experience. They are both very motivated and always moving the business forward. I thoroughly enjoy my job and have many of lovely patients that I love to see coming through the door. This month is a busy month for me, I am currently organising a big party for the hubby, who turns 40 this month! There is no doubt he will be spoilt here by the team at Belmore dental. I am hoping to make this blog a regular feature for our Facebook followers, hope you enjoy the read.

Topic of the month: Tooth whitening.

Many of my patients enquire about tooth whitening and have a variety of questions. Hopefully this blog will answer some of you questions and inform on all you need to know about dental tooth whitening.

Tooth whitening is also known as bleaching. It is a safe and effective way to lighten the shade of your teeth without causing any damage to the tooth structure or soft tissues in the mouth. There are many products on the retail shelf today that claim to whiten teeth as well as many beauty salons offering tooth whitening.  A common question I get asked ‘is it safe, does it work?’ the safest way to whiten your teeth is getting the procedure completed by a dentist, hygienist or a dental therapist. With the correct training in tooth whitening procedures, we have to follow strict guidelines. It is illegal to carry out tooth whitening unless you are a trained dental professional and registered with the General Dental Council. As for products you can buy and use at home there safety and effectiveness is questionable.

Many of our patients put a lot of priority into the appearance of their teeth, having whiter teeth is very desirable and achievable, tooth whitening is a very common procedure.

If you are considering tooth whitening at Belmore dental studio, ask about our Airflow treatment. Airflow is used for many of treatments; it can also be used prior to whitening giving your final whitening treatment a better result.

I hope this blog is informative for anyone considering tooth whitening, as a special valentines offer we are offering £50 off in surgery tooth whitening and £30 off home kits. This offer is valid for the month of February.

Common questions:

How does tooth whitening work?

A gel containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth. As the gel is broken down, oxygen is absorbed into the tooth enamel and the tooth becomes a lighter shade. Tooth whitening can be carried out in two ways:

Home kit: Impressions will be taken of your teeth and sent to the lab where a tray will be made to fit your teeth. You will then take the gel home and apply it to the trays, they then need to be worn for a minimum or 6 hours to activate, it is best recommended to do this at night. It will take between 10-14 nights for your desired result. A full demonstration on how to use the home kit will be given.

In surgery:  whitening is carried out in the surgery, it the quickest way whiten teeth, approximately 2 hours. First your teeth will be cleaned if needed, then your teeth and soft tissues will be prepared. The whitening gel is applied to each tooth, a laser is then shone on the teeth, this activates the gel to whiten the teeth. A home kit is included in this treatment package.

What to expect after tooth whitening?

  • Whiter teeth

  • Possible sensitivity, during and after whitening. This could last up to two weeks post whitening, sensodyne toothpaste will help with this.


What about whitening toothpaste?

There are several whitening toothpastes on the market. Whitening toothpaste doesn’t actually whiten the teeth, it removes stain with abrasive partials making the teeth appear whiter.

Who can perform tooth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out be dentist, hygienists or dental therapists, who are trained in tooth whitening.

How can I care for my teeth after whitening?

  • Brush your teeth twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste as shown by your dental hygienist

  • Clean in-between your teeth daily with floss or interdental brushes.

  • Visit your dentist regularly or as often as recommended.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, if would like to book in or ask any questions on tooth whitening please give Belmore Dental Studio a call on 02866 329222 or email You can also find information on tooth whitening at our website .

I hope everyone has a lovely valentine’s day next week.

Keep smiling, Joanna.

Written by Joanna McEnhill – Dental Hygienist & Therapist – Belmore Dental Implant Clinic

Joanna McEnhill