Tooth Whitening UK – everything you need to know

By Dr. Laura Hills  (January 2023)Dr. Laura Hills

How to get a beautiful smile with Teeth Whitening

Are you self-conscious about your stained teeth? You're not alone! Many people struggle with this issue, but the good news is that you don't have to live with it. Cosmetic dentistry can help remove strong or dark tooth stains and give you the pearly white smile you've always wanted.

Professional teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that uses powerful but safe bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to remove tooth stains, such as stains from red wine and coffee. Home whitening kits often have inconsistent results, but visiting a cosmetic dentist who can tailor your treatment will yield impressive results.  It will make your teeth look much brighter and whiter.

How Long Does It Take To go from yellow to White teeth?

The amount of time needed to remove yellow stains from teeth depends on the type of stains, the bleaching formula used, and the patient's age. Plaque and tartar deposits may be removed in one visit with scaling and polishing, while stains caused by consuming strong-colored foods may require professional whitening. Generally, mild stains can be improved within days, while strong ones may take a few visits.

What Is The Best Way To Whiten Your Teeth?

Professional teeth whitening is the safest, quickest, and most effective way to get your teeth white. Dentists use powerful bleaching agents that work faster and more efficiently than at-home products. If you want the best teeth whitening option, visit a dentist.

What Do Celebrities Do To Have White Teeth?

Celebrities and Hollywood stars have multiple options for getting pearly white smiles, beyond professional teeth whitening. For example, if they have permanent stains that can't be removed with bleaching, dentists can use porcelain, veneers, or crowns to fix their teeth. They can also use tooth-colored resin fillings to remove cosmetic defects. This gives celebrities and famous people various ways to address their cosmetic tooth issues.

Does whitening teeth have any side effects?

Teeth whitening is generally safe and effective when performed by a qualified and experienced dentist. However, using a whitening product not approved by a local dental council or going to an inexperienced dentist can cause side effects and long-term complications such as erosion, sensitivity, and cavities. To avoid these issues, it's important to visit an experienced cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening. 

How to reduce tooth sensitivity after whitening?

Sensitivity of the teeth and gums is usually temporary and stops after the whitening treatment. However, the frequency and severity of tooth sensitivity can be affected by the techniques used, the quality of the product and a person's response to the whitening materials and methods.

There are several products or techniques that are most often used to treat teeth sensitivity also known as dentin hypersensitivity:

  • Use a lower concentration of whitening product.
  • Reduce the amount of tray bleaching wear time.
  • Increase the time between individual bleaching treatments.
  • Avoid whitening for an extended period.
  • Use a desensitising treatment or varnish applied chairside in dental office.
  • Prescribed gel or toothpaste for tooth sensitivity
  • Gentle brushing with a soft-bristled brush, using lukewarm water.
  • Change diet by avoiding hot or cold foods for a day or two after whitening.
  • Use desensitising agents (which is supplied as part of your kit) 10 to 30 minutes prior and after each bleaching.

Does it hurt when you get your teeth whitened?

When performed by a dental professional whitening procedure are normally pain free. If there are any sensitive teeth we use strategies to minimise that. These would include using a lower concentration of product or use the desensitising gel that come in your whitening pack or sometimes using a desensitising toothpaste. 

How Often Should You Whiten Your Teeth With Gel?

Only undertake any whitening after consultation with your Dental Professional. To reduce the need for frequent teeth whitening, maintain good oral hygiene, eat a healthy diet, and visit the dentist regularly for check-ups. This will help you avoid frequent teeth whitening. Occasional top up of whitening will maintain your bright white smile. 

What happens If I Leave Teeth Whitening Gel On for too long?

The tooth bleaching formula dissolves stains from the outer enamel layer of teeth. Always follow the advice of your dentist. Applying the gel for too long can lead to tooth erosion, permanent sensitivity, and even cavities.

Does Teeth Whitening actually really work? Is it just a gimmick?

Yes it does. Teeth whitening is effective, especially when done under the supervision of a dental professional. It can remove stains such as tea, coffee and red wine and give you a dazzling smile.  However, if you choose at-home whitening gels or strips, be sure to select a reputable brand that has been approved in the UK. Poor quality whitening products may not work and can cause long-term complications. 

How To Eliminate White Spots when using Whitening Strips?

Whitening strips work similar to at-home whitening gels. Simply place the strip on the affected tooth surface and follow the manufacturer's recommended application time. Applying the strip for too short a duration may not give the desired results, while applying it for too long may cause tooth sensitivity. After a few days, any white spots should settle, however always ask your dentist if you have concerns.  

How Do You Whiten Teeth In A Simple And Inexpensive Way?

There are various whitening formulas available on the market to suit different budgets. You can also try natural whitening techniques such as oil pulling or charcoal. If you are looking for an experienced cosmetic dentist in Godalming / Guildford area, consider Iosis Dental Clinic. We offer a range of high-quality but affordable whitening solutions with guaranteed results. Book a free consultation appointment with us to remove your tooth stains and achieve your dream smile.

Additional resources 

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 Christine's tooth whitening journey - part 3

Enlighten Whitening patient journey - part 3

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Enlighten Whitening patient journey - part 4

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