Here are some of the more common teeth whitening queries we get on a daily basis at White Smile Clinic. We provide the answers to these queries with the aim that you can take some insight into the world of teeth whitening. We hope this will help you decide whether teeth whitening is appropriate for you and make the transition from pondering a teeth whitening treatment to actually going ahead with the treatment.

There are two types of teeth whitening available at White Smile Clinic

1) In clinic Laser teeth whitening

2) Teeth whitening through the use of trays/gum shields

Both use the same teeth whitening treatment gels and are for all intents and purposes are the same form of treatment. In clinic laser teeth whitening is more efficient and completed within an hour. Take home kit teeth whitening requires consistent use of the kit for at least an hour per day for 10-14 days.

For best results we would always recommend laser teeth whitening followed by the use of a take home kit.

Does teeth whitening actually work?

Yes, absolutely, teeth whitening works very well for most, however the results you can expect vary from person to person. This is because each individual’s teeth are different and no two sets the same, just like two people rarely look the same. Some have naturally white teeth, others have a more ivory colour, while others have green, greyish or brown coloured teeth and this is before we even come to stains! People with naturally whiter or ivory teeth will find results from the laser to be excellent and generally only need one treatment to see great success. Those with green, brown, greyish teeth will find the laser whitening works well but generally needs to be followed up with the use of a professional home whitening kit.

Now let’s have a look at staining of the teeth, will whitening work on these? Absolutely, yes. People who drink a lot of coffee, tea, and red wine will notice sometimes remarkable results from, laser whitening. We then encourage the use of a home kit so that the colour of the teeth can be ‘maintained’ over time. Smokers see excellent results every time after treatment but still require the use of a home kit to maintain results.

In summary, if you are serious about teeth whitening then we have found without doubt the best way to whiten teeth is too have the laser treatment and then maintain the results with a take home kit. Of course either or will work on their own merits to.

We hope to manage your expectations too, we do try to inform patients that one laser treatment is not always enough to get the best results, it depends on the individual. Some individuals require what we call treatment if for instance they have had antibiotic staining. This type of patient may need two or three laser treatments. Alternatively patients may need the laser teeth whitening followed by the use of a take home kit. In most cases laser teeth whitening alone would be enough to bring the teeth back to their natural shade and maybe one or two shades whiter. If you are a patient looking to achieve the best results possible then it is recommended to have the laser teeth whitening treatment followed by the use of the take home kit.

How soon will I see results?

In clinic laser teeth whitening results are immediate. Normally an average 8 shades whiter.

Take home kits when using them as a standalone product take up to 14 days to achieve desired results.

Are there side affects to the teeth whitening treatment?

Teeth whitening does not change the shape or structure of the tooth in any way. You may feel short term, sensitivity but nowadays sensitivity is very minor if you feel anything at all. There are no long term side effects to teeth whitening, it is a very safe and effective cosmetic treatment. The system we use is the latest technology from the US, it is FDA, CE approved.

Does teeth whitening whiten crowns, veneers and white fillings?

Yes teeth whitening will remove any staining on the surface of the crowns, veneers and white fillings. It is possible that the teeth whitening will bring the crowns, veneers, and white fillings back to the shade that they were put in at. Obviously they will not whiten any more than their original shade.

If you are considering having a crown, veneer or white filling put in, you should have teeth whitening first and then the dentist will be able to match the crown, veneer or white filling to the new shade achieved on your natural teeth from the teeth whitening.

How often do I need teeth whitening?

Only you can answer this, this is purely your own decision. It is recommended to have the laser teeth whitening treatment followed by the use of the take home kit for best results. After this treatment you can maintain the shade using the take home kit. If you feel your teeth are losing their shade then you can simply top up using the take home kit. You can use the kit for an hour per day for 5 days or so and this should be enough to bring the shade up again. We have many returning customers who come back to us every year to two years.

Maintenance of the shade achieved from teeth whitening and how long it lasts heavily depends of your lifestyle, smoking, regular black coffee and tea drinking will mean you would need to see us more than others. A good oral health routine will also help your new white smile stay for a longer time.

Please note there is NO teeth whitening treatment on the market that gives a permanent result. If you want permanently white teeth and don’t want to put in the effort that teeth whitening requires then you are best looking at veneers as an option but even these stain over time.

We hope this article has helped. If you have any further queries about teeth whitening please give us a call or e-mail for a chat or to meet with one of our dentists about your options.