Are you considering teeth whitening? You’re not alone – it’s one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures around and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. But what are your options for whitening? This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about teeth whitening, from at-home treatments to in-practice procedures, how it works and how much teeth whitening costs. So whether you’re just thinking about it or are ready to take the plunge, read on for all the info you need.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
While there are many different whitening treatment options out there, they largely work in a similar fashion. A bleaching gel (usually containing hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide) is applied to the surface of your teeth, this gel breaks down and removes molecules that cause staining on the teeth resulting in a brighter appearance.
It’s important to attend a consultation with your dentist before going ahead with any sort of whitening treatment. That way they can determine whether, in their current state, your teeth are fit for treatment.
What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?
As you may or may not be aware, there’s an abundance of teeth whitening treatment options available on the market today. These include at-home whitening options or teeth whitening completed in practice. But which treatment is best for you? Here at Ollie & Darsh, we offer three of the most popular treatment options:
Philips ZOOM! Whitespeed-Laser Teeth Whitening
With Philips ZOOM!, you can brighten up your smile by up to ten shades in just one session! The process involves a 90-minute appointment, just sit back and catch a film or listen to music while you wait! You’ll be provided with complimentary whitening trays so the results last after your treatment – your bright smile will last around 12 months before needing another touch-up again.
Combining at-home and in-practice treatment, with Enlighten evolution you’ll be able to achieve up to a B1 shade in just 15 days, with one final session in practice. Your bright smile has the ability to last for years if properly maintained.
At Home Treatment
At-home teeth whitening is one of the most affordable whitening options out there. At home kits typically include a teeth-whitening gel and a bespoke mouth guard-like tray that fits over your teeth. The tray helps to evenly distribute the gel as you wear it for a designated amount of time (usually around 30 minutes). Generally, results can be seen after just a few uses and it’s possible to lighten your teeth by up to 6 shades and the whole process takes place in the comfort of your own home.
How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?
Teeth whitening treatment cost varies between the options available. The treatments here at Ollie & Darsh are priced as follows:
- Philips ZOOM! – £900
- Enlighten Evolution – £900
- At home treatment – £500
No matter the cost, you can spread the price of your treatment over a time period that suits you and your budget using our interest free payment plans. This 0% interest plan allows you to spread the cost of your teeth whitening over 10, 12 or 24 months.
How White Can Your Teeth Get With Teeth Whitening?
As each person’s teeth are different and treatment varies in potency, it’s difficult to say exactly how bright your smile can go. This being said, with the most effective treatment options on the market such as Enlighten or laser treatment it’s possible to achieve up to a B1 shade and drastically improve the appearance of your smile.
How Long Does Teeth Whitening Last?
As above, each treatment option & set of teeth differs so there isn’t a one size fits all answer for how long does teeth whitening last. On average, for the most effective treatment options like Enlighten Evolution, following the care advice provided by your dental treatment can last years!
For a treatment option like home whitening kits, results usually last for around 6 months and then you might want to think about getting a top up.
Who Is Suitable For Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening isn’t suitable for everyone. If you’re thinking about getting teeth whitening treatment, it’s always advised to book an appointment with your dentist and they’ll be able to check your teeth over and discuss treatment options with you.
A good candidate is someone who has generally healthy teeth/gums and no fillings. Factors that could rule a patient out are: being under the age of 18, being pregnant and having gum disease or fillings, as they may suffer increased sensitivity to the bleaching gel used.
Is Teeth Whitening Safe?
With all the teeth whitening options out there, it’s natural to wonder if they’re actually safe for your teeth. The good news is that teeth whitening, when done correctly under the supervision of a professional dentist using approved products, is generally safe and can offer long-lasting results.
It’s also important to avoid over whitening your teeth and causing damage to the enamel. That’s why it’s best to leave teeth whitening procedures to professionals, who can monitor and adjust the level of whitening to suit your needs and prevent damage.
Ollie & Darsh: Teeth Whitening In Liverpool
At Ollie & Darsh, we’ve got extensive experience in professional whitening treatment in Liverpool. We’ve treated thousands of patients for teeth whitening over the course of our 14 years in the business, using our four treatment options. And with our 0% interest payment plans, you can spread the cost of your treatment at a rate that suits you!
If you’re thinking about teeth whitening treatment, it’s vital to consult with your dentist before agreeing to any treatment option. That way, you can make sure you receive the most effective, safest treatment option for your teeth.
Looking to brighten your smile? Book a no obligation free consultation with the Ollie & Darsh team today here or by giving us a call at 01512366578.