Teeth whitening

Teeth Whitening

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. Teeth whitening can't make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades

Who can perform teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist.

Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there's no dental professional present, and it may put your oral health at risk.

Can you have your teeth whitened on the NHS?

Teeth whitening by a dentist or other dental professional can only be done privately because it's considered to be a cosmetic treatment. Costs vary we offer both home whitening and in surgery whitening here at Firswood Dental Practice

Is teeth whitening permanent?

No, teeth whitening isn't permanent. It can last from a few months to up to three years, but this varies from patient to patient. Generally, the whitening effect won't last as long if you smoke or drink red wine, tea or coffee, which can all stain your teeth

What are the risks of teeth whitening?

No matter what treatment you use, there is a chance your teeth can be sensitive to the chemicals used in teeth whitening, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. There won’t be any damage to your enamel, teeth whitening done by a professional is very safe.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are engineered from a high quality material, and can be used to improve the appearance of the front teeth. That might be due to discoloration, damage, misalignment or by closing the gap between two teeth which is known as a “diastema”. They are usually made out of one of two materials porcelain, however at Firswood we also offer the option for the composite material. The procedure for preparing and making a veneer is similar to that of a crown; however, less of the tooth is removed during the preparation compared to a crown.

Componeers (Composite Veneers)

Make a brilliant smile your trademark. COMPONEER can help you correct natural imperfections easily and economically. You’re unhappy smiling because of a gap in your teeth? Or crooked teeth make you feel self-conscious? You can leave this behind you and look forward to new pleasure in life with your attractive appearance.


COMPONEER is specially manufactured, very thin shells that can be fixed to the front of the front teeth to conceal aesthetic imperfections. COMPONEER can be compared with artificial fingernails, but there is one very big difference: COMPONEER restorations ensure an attractive appearance for many years.

You’ll adore the new Componeer:

  • Attractive teeth and a new smile after only one visit
  • Very little removal of healthy tooth structure
  • Individual, customised shaping of the front teeth
  • High quality permanent veneering material
  • Shine can be refreshed by polishing at any time
  • An economically attractive solution

Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns are custom-made crowns bonded to your teeth in just two or three visits. They are the perfect restoration when a tooth is severely damaged, decayed or compromised aesthetically. To fit a porcelain crown, a one to two millimetre dimension all around the tooth and on top is removed while strengthening and preserving the remaining natural tooth structure. With the proper care porcelain crowns will last long into the future as they have a very strong structure and look and feel like your own tooth. Porcelain crowns can used by a restoration of a single tooth and also as a dental bridge in case of missing a tooth or more teeth. Unlike veneers, porcelain crowns cover all surfaces of the tooth and are used only when the tooth is fractured or very broken down. The porcelain used is the same as that used for veneers so they are strong and also offer an aesthetic natural look. Porcelain Crowns are made to improve your overall smile or to blend in with your own teeth. Porcelain Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discoloured teeth. Sometimes an underlying metal shell is used under the porcelain if additional strength is needed.


Dental Bridges are used to span, or bridge a gap (missing teeth) between healthy teeth. The teeth on either side of the empty space are reshaped and reduced in size. The two shaped teeth then act as anchors or abutments. The bridge is attached to the living healthy teeth and fills the missing tooth space. If you have one or more adjacent missing teeth, then using dental bridging crowns offers the translucency of a natural tooth and a permanent restoration along with functional and aesthetically looking teeth / tooth.