Teeth whitening frequently asked questions

We get a lot of questions about Teeth Whitening, but we noticed a lot of them tend to be the same. So if you’re curious about something, check below to see if we have an answer for you!

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment. The process is very simple: over the course of 10-14 days, you will wear trays filled with hydrogen peroxide (a dental bleaching solution) to help you achieve your desired shade of white. The process requires two weeks and the results should last years!

Tooth whitening can only lighten the existing tooth colour of your natural teeth. It will not work on any types of ‘false’ teeth or tooth covering such as composite bonding, dentures, crowns or veneers. If you have composite bonding or any of the aforementioned, you should speak to your dentist about your options for whitening and brightening.

Having a brighter, whiter smile is known to increase your confidence levels and many people say it makes them feel better and happier with their appearance. While having whiter teeth isn’t a necessity when it comes to having good oral hygiene, it is a great way to achieve quick results for your smile.

Professional teeth whitening is totally safe and does not affect the enamel on your teeth. Whitening does, however, make your teeth slightly more porous and sensitive during the 10-14 day treatment window so we recommend taking extra precautions during this time. You can read more about our aftercare recommendations here.

Avoiding the following during, and immediately after, your treatment is an absolute necessity to ensure you achieve the perfect results:

  • Turmeric based foods and drinks
  • Richly colours fruits and vegetables
  • Fruit juices
  • Tea (including fruit teas) and coffee
  • Red wine
  • Beer
  • Smoking and vaping

You might consider cutting back on any of the above to ensure your whitening results last as long as possible. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices, including brushing your teeth twice per day and using mouthwash and floss will also help slow down staining and tartare-building. In most cases, whitening lasts for 2-3 years but this is all down to how well you look after your teeth.

We recommend checking with your doctor or general practitioner before making a teeth whitening consultation if you are pregnant or think you might be. 

Teeth whitening is a possibility for nearly everyone! As long as you are over the age of 18, have a good standard of oral hygiene and do not have veneers, composite bonding, crowns or dentures.

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