Types of teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment because it gives quick results and is suitable for most people. Studies even show that having a whiter, brighter smile can lift your confidence, making you feel better inside and out.

Teeth whitening can be carried out in a number of different ways, the most common of which is at home treatments. In the United Kingdom, you can buy a number of different toothbrushes, strips and touch-up pens, however, a typical customer cannot purchase medical-grade teeth whitening bleaches. This means, in order to get the best possible results, you should consider professional teeth whitening.

That being said, professional teeth whitening doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to visit the clinic multiple times. At Smiles and Smiles, we’ll help you administer your first session and then you’ll do the rest at home. We are committed to ensuring everyone who comes through our doors gets the best results, so you can stay in touch with your Treatment Advisor or dentist should you have any questions during the process.

Teeth whitening takes about 2-weeks to see the full results. We recommend visiting the clinic and having a session with your dentist, then finishing the course of whitening at home.

Before and after teeth whitening

When having your teeth whitened professionally, you’ll agree the ideal outcome together using a colour mapping tool, against which your current colour will be identified, and your target shade agreed.

Here are some of the amazing results our customers have had with Smiles and Smiles Signature Whitening.

The bleach used during the process is completely safe and at Smiles and Smiles, we only use the highest-grade products.

Combining cosmetic dentistry treatments

Teeth whitening can be used as a great complementary treatment when you’re having other treatments carried out. You should endeavour to visit your dentist for a check up, and the hygenist for a scale and polish before embarking on your teeth whitening journey.

Can teeth whitening be used alongside other treatments?

Teeth whitening bleach can only be applied to your natural teeth, so if you already have composite bonding or veneers, teeth whitening isn’t right for you and you should speak to your dentist about your options.

Many people do, however, only get composite bonding, veneers or crowns on the front arch, meaning the front 8 teeth that people see when you’re smiling, of their upper teeth. It’s very popular to have composite bonding or veneers applied to the front teeth in a whiter colour than the natural teeth and to have your bottom teeth whitened to match. This will ensure you get a great-looking result and a bright, white smile!

You can read more about composite bonding here.

How long does teeth whitening take?

Teeth whitening only takes 2-weeks to see your ideal results. Most people opt to have a combination of professional (in-clinic) and at home whitening as this gives you freedom over where and what time you apply your whitening. You’ll be expected to wear your moulds with the whitening solution for at least 30-minutes every day for 10-14 days, so make sure to plan ahead for a time when this will work for you.

In the instance you want your smile as white as possible, or if you have stubborn stains, it’s important to note the treatment course can take up to 5-weeks as opposed to the average 2-week treatment time.

Any of your other concerns can be discussed with one of our Treatment Advisors by booking a consultation.