What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth Whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that can help remove discolouration and staining caused by different lifestyle factors in everyday life such as food, drinks, and smoking.
Teeth Whitening is very effective and is one of the most conservative and cost-effective treatment methods to improve the appearance of your smile. At SmileBox, we ensure that the health of your teeth is our priority. Therefore, we only use the safest and most powerful methods for whitening your teeth, whether you decide to have in-office or at-home whitening.
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Teeth Whitening Key Points
Teeth Whitening is safe for your teeth and also your health. Providing you visit a dental clinic that is using the correct teeth whitening products and equipment. We use Philips Zoom! A trusted dental brand worldwide, our Doctors and Dental Professionals are fully trained and ensure you have all the information you require before starting the treatment.
You may experience some sensitivity as a side effect whilst whitening your teeth. This is usually for a short period of time and subsides on its own.
Philips Zoom! Can enable you to have up to 8 shades whiter for 12-24 months. However, there
are several factors that can affect this such as smoking and drinking coffee. You may need to
have maintenance treatments to keep the shade you desire. You can maintain your desired
shade by using our at-home teeth whitening kit.
In-office Teeth Whitening
We offer in-office Teeth Whitening, this is where you come into the clinic and have the Philips
Zoom! Teeth Whitening treatment is done by one of our doctors. We use a specialised UV light in
the clinic that speeds up the whitening process, this gives instant brighter results of up to 8
shades whiter in just 45 minutes!
Home Teeth Whitening
We also offer home Teeth Whitening, this is where we provide you with teeth whitening trays
and syringes of Philips Zoom! Teeth Whitening Gel. This is a safe way to lighten and brighten
your teeth from the comfort of your own home. It usually requires 2 dental appointments with us,
this is so we can take impressions to fabricate the teeth whitening trays.
What happens during an In-office Teeth Whitening Appointment?
Philips Zoom! in-office teeth whitening is a popular and effective way to achieve a brighter, more beautiful smile. This advanced technology uses a specialised light-activated gel that is applied to the surface of your teeth. The gel contains hydrogen peroxide, which breaks down and removes stains and discolouration from your teeth.
During the Philips Zoom! teeth whitening procedure, your dentist will apply the gel to your teeth and use a special LED light to activate the whitening agents in the gel. The light helps to speed up the whitening process, allowing you to achieve dramatic results in just one office visit.
One of the benefits of Philips Zoom! teeth whitening is that it is a safe and painless procedure. The gel is specially formulated to minimise tooth sensitivity, and the LED light is designed to emit minimal heat, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.
What are the Pros & Cons of Teeth Whitening?
- You will have improved self-confidence
- Inexpensive dental treatment with great aesthetic results
- Results are seen immediately (in-office, at home is after the first week)
- Potential of increased tooth sensitivity
- Not a permanent treatment option, you will require top-up sessions in the future to maintain your desired shade
- Have to be careful around foods with darker staining agents (red wine, curries)
Who is suitable for Teeth Whitening?
A full dental examination is required to ensure that you are dentally fit and have good oral health. To ensure there are no cavities, gum disease, or issues with your teeth and fillings to determine and maximise the teeth whitening procedure outcome.
Frequently asked questions
After a teeth whitening session, we recommend avoiding consuming foods and beverages that can stain your teeth. Here are some examples of foods and drinks that you should avoid:
- Coffee and tea
- Red wine
- Dark-coloured fruits and berries (e.g. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
- Tomato-based products (e.g. spaghetti sauce, ketchup)
- Dark-coloured sauces (e.g. soy sauce, balsamic vinegar)
- Soda and other sugary drinks
- Chocolate and other sweets
- Acidic foods and drinks (e.g. citrus fruits, fruit juices)
It’s best to stick to plain water or white foods like chicken, rice, and cauliflower immediately after the whitening session.
You should also avoid smoking or using tobacco products for at least 24 hours after the whitening session, as they can also stain your teeth.
The success rate of teeth whitening can vary depending on the method used, your teeth, and your lifestyle habits. Here are some general guidelines:
In-office teeth whitening
This is usually the most effective method and can lighten your teeth up to eight shades whiter in one 45-minute session. Success rates vary but typically range from 80-95%. At SmileBox we use Phillips Zoom! in-office teeth whitening equipment.
At home teeth whitening
This method can also be effective, but it takes longer to see results and the success rate can be lower. Success rates can vary from 50-80% depending on the type of at-home whitening kit used and your adherence to the instructions. At SmileBox we provide you with Phillips Zoom! teeth whitening gels to use.
It’s important to note that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution and the results may not last forever. The success rate of maintaining the whitening results will depend on your individual lifestyle habits, such as your diet, whether you smoke, and your oral hygiene routine. Regular touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired level of whiteness.
Yes, yellow teeth can definitely become white with the help of our teeth whitening treatments at SmileBox. Teeth can become yellow or discoloured due to various reasons such as ageing, genetics, smoking, consumption of staining food and drinks, poor oral hygiene, and certain medications.
Teeth whitening works by using a bleaching agent, usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to break down the stains and remove them from the enamel of the teeth. This process can lighten the colour of the teeth and make them appear whiter.
At SmileBox we currently use Phillips Zoom! teeth whitening equipment and gels. The Zoom! whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide.
In-office teeth whitening performed by one of our doctors is the most effective method to achieve significant whitening results in a short time. At-home teeth whitening kits, including whitening strips, trays, and gels, can also be effective, but they may take longer to produce noticeable results.
It is not possible for us to guarantee the safety of any teeth whitening methods that have not been recommended by our doctors. Therefore, we strongly advise you to only consider teeth whitening treatment that is performed by one of our dental professionals.
After your teeth whitening treatment, it is possible for your teeth to become stained again, especially if you consume staining foods and drinks or if you use tobacco products. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent your teeth from staining again.
Practice good oral hygiene
Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth.
Limit consumption of staining foods and drinks
Foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, red wine, and berries can stain your teeth. Try to limit your consumption of these items or rinse your mouth with water after consuming them.
Use a straw
When drinking staining beverages, using a straw can help to minimise contact between the liquid and your teeth.
Quit smoking or using tobacco products
Smoking and using tobacco products can cause your teeth to stain quickly. Quitting can help to prevent further staining.
Your dentist may recommend touch-up treatments to help maintain the results of your teeth whitening treatment.
By following these steps, you can help prevent your teeth from staining again after teeth whitening. However, it’s important to note that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, and touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired level of whiteness.
To stop and prevent sensitivity, there are several steps you can take:
Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between your teeth.
Use a desensitising toothpaste: Desensitizing toothpaste contains compounds that block the sensitivity message from reaching the nerve of the tooth. Use it regularly as directed.
Avoid acidic foods and drinks: Acidic foods and drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth, making them more sensitive. Limit your consumption of acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits, soda, and sports drinks.
Use a fluoride mouthwash: Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel of your teeth, reducing sensitivity. Use a fluoride mouthwash daily as directed.
Wear a mouthguard: If you grind your teeth, wear a mouthguard at night to protect your teeth from further damage.
Visit the dentist regularly: Regular dental checkups can help detect any dental problems early, including gum disease or tooth decay, which can cause sensitivity. Your dentist can also recommend additional treatments to help with sensitivity.
If your teeth sensitivity persists or becomes more severe, it’s important to consult your dentist, who may recommend additional treatments such as bonding, a gum graft, or a root canal.
If you don’t have a dentist, contact our clinic and we can get you in to see one of our experienced doctors.
Teeth whitening treatments generally only work on natural teeth and don’t usually lighten the colour of existing dental work such as crowns, veneers, or fillings. This is because dental restorations are made of materials that do not respond to the bleaching agents used in teeth whitening treatments.
If you have dental work that does not match the colour of your natural teeth, it may be necessary to replace the restoration after teeth whitening to ensure a more uniform appearance. It’s important to consult with your dentist before undergoing teeth whitening if you have existing dental work to determine the best course of action.
Your dentist may recommend alternative options such as replacing the dental work with a shade that matches your newly whitened teeth or using dental bonding or porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of your teeth. It’s important to have a consultation with your dentist to discuss the best options for achieving the desired result.
You might not be suitable for teeth whitening for one or more of the following reasons:
- If you are under 16
- Pregnant or lactating women
- If you have sensitive teeth
- Multiple dental restorations present
There are other treatment options available to you if you are looking to improve your smile.