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Teeth Whitening FAQs

Answers to the questions we get asked most often

Do many people whiten their teeth?

Q. Do many people whiten their teeth?

A. More people than you might imagine. A bright sparkling smile can make a big difference and with the convenience of tray-based whitening,  it is even easier and quicker than ever.

I want a Hollywood smile

Q. I would like a Hollywood smile; how much would it cost?

A. As every clinical case is unique, it’s only possible to give you detailed recommendations for enhancing your smile after a thorough dental examination. Why not book an appointment at Space Healthcare so one of our experienced clinical team can discuss your wishes with you?

From teeth whitening to ‘no-preparation’ veneers - we have all the options covered

Are the results of the whitening permanent?

Q. Are the results of the whitening permanent?

A. It is usual for the shade improvement to last several years. This time period can be extended by a regular maintenance program with occasional top up sessions of tray-based tooth whitening  or a whitening pen, used in combination with regular visits to your dental hygienist. A program for visiting the hygienist is individually designed for you by our clinical team as part of your overall dental health program.

Is this process harmful to my teeth?

Q. Is this process harmful to my teeth?

A. No!  Using the materials and techniques we recommend, the effect on your teeth is no different than the effect from commonly ingested foods or regular dental procedures.

Are there any side effects?

Q. Are there any side effects?

A. Some patients may experience sensitivity during the treatment. On rare occasions, patients may experience tingling sensations in the teeth immediately after the procedure,  however these subside shortly after use. It is not advised to use whitening systems if you have decay or defective fillings, or if you have active gum disease.That’s why we always carry out a through examination of your mouth before we start any form of whitening treatment.

As everybody is different, potential side-effects may be more or less likely for your individual situation. We’ve several different whitening systems, designed to provide the optimal solution for you. We’ll advise you on the best choice for your teeth during your whitening consultation

Will it be obvious that I’ve had my teeth whitened?

Q. Will it be obvious that I’ve had my teeth whitened?

A. This depends on how extreme the changes are and how discoloured your teeth were prior to treatment. People who know you very well may notice the improvement to your smile.

Most people will notice how good you look but often they will find it difficult to work out why. Those who you meet for the first time will simply think what a great smile you have!

How soon will I see results?

Q. How soon will I see results?

A. This depends on the nature and degree of the initial stains.  Everyone is different and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so do our teeth. Some people notice a difference after just one treatment whilst others can take a little longer.

Most people will achieve an ideal shade improvement after an initial course of 1-2 weeks.

How long does each treatment last?

Q. How long does each treatment last?

A. The gel is active for several hours once opened, and our usual advice is to wear your trays overnight. With some of our whitening systems it is just as effective to wear the trays for 60 minutes, so many patients wear their trays during the day for this shorter time period.

There are advantages and disadvantages with different whitening systems. We’ll advise you on the best choice for your teeth during your whitening consultation

Will the treatment whiten my existing crowns?

Q. Will the gel whiten my crowns or false teeth?

A. The gel only works on natural teeth. However it will not harm any dentures, fillings, crowns or veneers that you already have.

What brand of whitening gel do you use?

Q. I was wondering if you could tell me what brand of whitening gel are used in the syringes for the tray-based tooth whitening system?

A. We use products made by Philips, a leader in the healthcare industry and suppliers of a tried and tested range of whitening systems, and Opalescence, the leading American manufacturer of whitening systems.

Can I whiten my teeth while I’m pregnant?

Q. Can I whiten my teeth while I’m pregnant?

A. We do not recommend the use of this product during pregnancy.

Why don't you offer in-surgery , laser or light-activated whitening?

Q. Other dental practice offer same-day, in-surgery, laser or light-activated whitening. Why don’t you?

A. In the UK  it is illegal for anyone other than dental professionals to whiten your teeth. There are also limits on the  chemical composition of whitening products that can be used. You’d be well advised to check on both of these issues before having any whitening procedure carried out.

Home whitening (tray-based whitening) has always been able to produce great results and is regarded as the ‘gold-standard’, against which all other methods of whitening are compared.

We have the equipment to provide same-day (in-surgery) light-activated whitening, and we’ve tried out the materials used in these procedures. We’re not impressed, which is why we don’t offer these treatments any more. There seems to be no doubt that tray-based (home whitening) gives much more reliable results – and for significantly less cost!

The conclusion: same-day whitening is a more expensive treatment and the results are not as good as tray-whitening.

Seems like two very persuasive reasons not to use it!

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