Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: February 17, 2021
Self-conscious about your tooth colour? Do yellow teeth prevent you from smiling?
Patients who want a lighter and brighter smile have two options, either turn to a trusted dentist to carry out the procedure or try out at-home kits.
There’s no doubt that teeth whitening offered by cosmetic dentists is more effective and longer-lasting, giving patients a better value for their money.
Tooth bleaching fast facts
- At-home whitening systems usually contain 3% to 20% peroxide
- In-office methods contain 15% to 43% peroxide
- Dental studios offer highly effective at-home treatments for patients to carry out their treatment in the comfort of their own homes
- Tooth whitening systems offered by dentists are much faster and provide more impactful results in half the time
- Dental whitening solutions from dentists are safer and do not increase tooth sensitivity.
Dramatic results! Lighten teeth up to eight shades
Patients can lift discoloured teeth up to eight shades in just 30 minutes.
Using either heat or light (sometimes a combo of the two), desired results can be achieved much more quickly than any at-home treatment.
Many cosmetic and private dentists offer innovative techniques like the Zoom whitening system, which is completed in just two hours.
The cost of this system can vary, but you can expect to pay anywhere from £500 to £1,000.
- Home whitening single arch: £275
- Home whitening upper and lower teeth: £375
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“Teeth whitening doesn’t work”
You might have heard this phrase from friends and family, who have spent hundreds of pounds on countless at-home tooth whitening methods.
Products like teeth whitening strips and teeth whitening kits can be dangerous and harmful to the tooth, and often do not yield desired results.
This is because patients who wish to lighten their teeth often suffer from severe staining, very discoloured or very yellow teeth.
These products are simply not strong enough and only lighten teeth temporarily. This means you will have to frequently use these strips to achieve a cleaner looking smile.
What you might not know is that sometimes, teeth are just dark.
Because of genetics you might be born with darker teeth or may experience enamel thinning, where the teeth begin to wear and thin.
Teeth whitening can last anywhere from a few months to three years, and this can vary from person to person.
For example, smokers and heavy drinkers of red wine and tea will be exposed to more staining.
For patients who want something more permanent, or want to be able to choose the colour of their teeth, veneers can be a great choice.
Not only are they stain-resistant, but they can last a lifetime and offer patients the chance to fix many smile imperfections at once.
In cases of severe discolouration, veneers may be the only possible procedure to whiten your smile.
Book an appointment online with a teeth whitening dentist here.