There are many reasons why teeth can become discoloured, factors like age and genetics, as well as substances like cigarettes, red wine, tea and coffee. With the help of teeth whitening, you can return your smile back to its brighter and whiter self, helping you feel better inside and out, and make a memorable impression.
However, with so many different options, it can be difficult trying to understand what the process entails and how safe each method is. So, to clear things up, we’ve created this handy blog post to answer all of your whitening-related questions.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening procedures use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to bleach the stains on your tooth enamel. It works by absorbing into your teeth’s pores and pushing the stains out.
The technique used depends on the surgery itself and the patients’ needs, such as how bad the staining is or where it is located. We offer two ways to whiten teeth: In Surgery Zoom Whitening or Home Whitening.
During Zoom Whitening, a solution containing the whitening substance is applied to your teeth, then a light activation system is used to accelerate the whitening process. This is then repeated.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
One common side effect of teeth whitening is sensitivity in the 24 hours after your teeth have been exposed to whitening gel. You can take a pain reliever like ibuprofen if the sensitivity is too much to bear.
How long does whitening last?
Unfortunately, teeth whitening isn’t permanent. Teeth yellow as we age and through the food and drinks we consume. Most results last from up to 6 months to 3 years, but it all depends on how easily your teeth stain as well as your diet.
How much is teeth whitening?
Thanks to its increasing popularity, teeth whitening is becoming more affordable. However, it isn’t cheap. Prices often depend on the procedure you choose and the surgery. Typically, professional prices start at £200 and can go up to £1500.
Teeth whitening when pregnant – is it safe?
According to The British Dental Association, it is safe to have your teeth whitened by a trained professional while pregnant. However, they would advise that mums-to-be wait until after the baby is born. Home treatments are not recommended regardless of whether you’re pregnant or not.
What is the best teeth whitening procedure?
We use Zoom2 – Advanced Professional Tooth Whitening because we understand how important your smile is. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. We believe this procedure to be a safe, compliant and effective method of getting your version of a ‘Hollywood Smile’.