teeth whitening

Why do we need teeth whitening treatment?

Our teeth get darker as we age, or if the roots have been damaged or suffered disease and the nerve has died.

But teeth can be effectively lightened with hydrogen peroxide (bleach) used on either the outside or inside of the tooth.

Tooth bleaching is completely safe as long as the bleach does not touch and burn the gums. Bleaching improves the appearance of the teeth. It is usually a better option than crowns and veneers for healthy teeth as it does not require changes to the shape of the teeth.

What does bleaching involve?

Bleaching the inside of the tooth.

If the nerve of the tooth has died and the tooth’s root has been filled, bleach is put inside the tooth under a temporary dressing. The bleaching agent remains on the tooth for about a week before being cleaned out and a white filling put in place.

Bleaching the outside of the tooth.

The outside of the tooth can be bleached either at home or in the dentist’s surgery.

At home

The dentist will make a mould of your mouth so that a close-fitting tray can be made for you to wear over your teeth. A good fit is important as this will protect the gums during the bleaching process. The dentist will give you a bleach jelly to use in the tray. You will need to wear the bleach-filled tray for a few hours on several occasions, as instructed by the dentist.

In the surgery

In the dental surgery the dentist carefully applies a special barrier material to protect the gums from the much stronger bleaching agent, which is then applied to the teeth as a gel-like layer. A special bright blue light is used to activate the gel and the gel is rinsed away after about eight to ten minutes.

There are normally three applications, all administered in the one visit. The whole pain-free process lasts about one hour, after which you leave the surgery with whiter teeth and a more attractive smile.


Medcare are offering the great offer of in-clinic teeth whitening from just 195 euros. And the home kit is just 160 euros.

We use Pola Office whitening. Watch the video for more infomation.

It is important that you have a consultation with the dentist before a tooth whitening procedure, to check that you will benefit from the process and to discuss what results you could expect. Everybody’s teeth are different and some people will get ‘brighter’ results than others.

To book your consultation, call 966 860 258 or email doctors@medcarespain.com

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