Home whitening

Whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home with powerful and long lasting results – You may see a change in as little as 2 weeks.

What is the teeth whitening procedure?

Your dentist will take impressions of your lower and upper teeth to be sent off to the dental laboratory to custom make your whitening trays. Within 1-2 weeks your trays will be ready to be picked up alongside the teeth whitening gel and easy to use whitening instructions. Your dentist will carefully explain how to use the trays and gel at home, as well as advising you on teeth whitening best practices and how long you will need to wear your trays for.

Is home teeth whitening really that easy?

Yes. The instructions we will give to you are:

  • Take your teeth whitening kit out of the refrigerator
  • Before placing the trays – Brush thoroughly with a tooth paste for sensitive teeth e.g. Sensodyne
  • Use the syringe to place a small amount of tooth whitening gel in the compartments of the teeth being treated
  • Fit the trays to your upper/lower jaw – Trays can be worn together or separately (whichever is the most comfortable/conveniant to you)
  • Wipe away any excess gel from your gums that may have spilled over the top
  • Wear for the duration (as indicated by your dentist)
  • Remove trays and thoroughly brush teeth with your sensitive tooth paste
  • Rinse trays under a cold tap (please note it must be cold water, as hot water can distort the trays)
  • Gently use your tooth brush to clean any gel residue that may of been left over in the trays
  • Store your home teeth whitening kit back in the refrigerator

Will home teeth whitening give me the results I want?

Yes. We have custom made the trays to exactly fit your measurements, which will hold the whitening gel in the optimum place for you, ensuring maximum results. The whitening gel given to you, will be of a higher concentration than over the counter gels, and will give you better results that last longer.

Home teeth whitening best practice

We recommend that during your home teeth whitening treatment, that you try and avoid any food or drinks that are known to cause discolouring and staining of your teeth.

For example:


  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcohol (red wine in particular)
  • Cola

If possible, we would avoid these during your treatment, or limit yourself to not drinking these around the time you wear your trays (1-2 hours after) A good tip is to use a straw to drink any drinks as it will reduce the exposure to your teeth


Foods with strong colours e.g. Red (pasta tomato sauces) are an example of a food that are best to avoid during your treatment.

Cutting out certain food and drinks can be quite difficult, and we do understand that this will be easier said than done – However your teeth whitening results will be much more powerful if you can attempt to stick to these home whitening best practices.

What home teeth whitening systems do you offer?

We use the following home whitening systems:

  • Polanight – Quick and long lasting whitening results!
  • Enlighten – the technology leader in the field of home whitening
  • Kor whitening – has been developed by an internationally renowned cosmetic dentist and bleaching expert

Polanight whitening

What is Polanight Teeth Whitening?

Polanight whitening is another one of our custom made tray teeth whitening systems we offer. The treatment is usually completed over 10 consecutive days.

This teeth whitening system has been designed to be worn over night so you can whiten your teeth in the comfort of your bed as you sleep.

How quickly before I see any results?

Polanight whitening provides fantastic results in a short time frame – usually within a couple of days you will start to notice the change. We advise that for the duration of the treatment that you try to stay away from food and drink that are known to stain teeth. For example: coffee and red wine can cause significant staining – We will however advise you on the teeth whitening best practices, so that you can achieve maximum results.

How long do the results last?

Polanight whitening results can last a couple of years with only a small monthly maintenance top up (wearing your trays and whitening gel once a month). Additional whitening syringes can be purchased for £15 and can last up to 6 months.

How easy is it to whiten my teeth?

Very easy!

Once your trays have been custom made and are ready for collection, your dentist will show you how to use the trays and gel, and give you an easy to follow teeth whitening instructions to take home and begin treatment on that day.

You can easily wear your trays whilst reading a book or watching television at home.

Why we recommend the free consultation before taking up a teeth whitening treatment

Not all whitening treatments will be the most suited to your needs. We offer the free consultation so we can examine your teeth and get to understand your needs, to enable us to offer you the best advice and most suitable treatments options.

Enlighten whitening

What is Enlighten?

Enlighten research labs are one of the technological leaders in teeth whitening systems. At Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic we offer the latest in teeth whitening, to provide the most powerful and long lasting results to our patients.

Which Enlighten teeth whitening products should I use?

During the initial free consultation with our cosmetic dentist, your needs will be fully discussed, so we can understand what you are hoping to achieve. Our cosmetic dentist will give you a quick oral examination and will then discuss the suitable teeth whitening treatments for you.

Kor whitening

What is Kor deep bleaching?

Developed by a renowned cosmetic dentist, Kor deep bleaching teeth whitening is one of the most recognised and effective deep penetrating teeth whitening systems on the market. Past studies have looked into the effectiveness of the conventional over the counter whitening gels and trays, showing that they are only strongly active for around 25-35 minutes, with the negative impact that saliva contaminates the whitening gel.

Kor whitening trays gives the patient longer lasting whiter teeth by effectively sealing out the saliva (sulcular fluid).

Is the Kor whitening system for me?

We offer a variety of effective teeth whitening treatments for whiter and long lasting effects. We offer free consultations to asses your exact needs and requirements to offer you the most suitable and effective treatment tailored for you.


Combination whitening

At Hereford Dental & Implant Clinic we are able to offer patients the most powerful and unique teeth whitening system. This method combines both the power laser and home whitening, which gives you fantastic long lasting whitening results.


Zoom whitening

Zoom power teeth whitening uses the heat and power of a laser to speed up the whitening effects of the whitening solution applied. This is an in house teeth whitening treatment.

Related FAQs



Why are my teeth discoloured?

Teeth lose their natural colour for many reasons, but the main causes of teeth looking yellow are food and drink, oral hygiene and age.

Drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and certain fruits, such as blueberries, stain teeth quite badly. Smoking is another common culprit.



How long will my teeth stay white?

The treatment has a long-term impact on the colour of your teeth, but they will not be immune to the same discolouring as they previously suffered. Stains build up on your teeth from everyday living.

Tea, coffee, red wine, tobacco and spicy foods can all dull the natural colour of your teeth. To maintain the impact of the treatment it is advisable to brush your teeth more frequently. Your Portman dentist will explain the procedure and aftercare at your first appointment.

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