Are you tempted to try teeth whitening? With so many options available, finding the best option for you can be tricky. We explain the pros and cons of the most popular teeth whitening treatments available to help you decide.
Is Teeth Whitening Right For Me?
Whether teeth whitening is for you or not is a question that only you and your dentist can answer. Teeth whitening isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment. Some people might be the perfect candidate for teeth whitening, merely needing an extra helping hand with some discolouration. Meanwhile, others may have bigger underlying issues that need to be resolved before considering teeth whitening. Furthermore, some whitening treatments might be more suitable than others, depending on your specific circumstances.
Whiter, brighter teeth can be a huge shot in the arm for your self-esteem. Many people report feeling more confident and happier after whitening their teeth. So if stained teeth are blighting your confidence, perhaps teeth whitening is the solution for you. Whatever you do, you should always consult your dentist before undergoing teeth whitening. Only a dentist can prescribe teeth whitening treatments, and they can suggest the safest, most effective teeth whitening treatment for you.
There are various teeth whitening options available nowadays. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of some of the most popular teeth-whitening methods you might come across.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
Not all home teeth whitening kits are created equally. You can find dentist-prescribed kits, like our very own specially formulated home teeth whitening kit, over-the-counter kits and online whitening kits. However, the safest and most effective option will always be a dentist-approved home teeth whitening kit.
Pros: Our home teeth whitening kits include mouth trays that are tailor-made to fit your teeth. The prescribed bleaching gel is designed to safely transform your teeth up to six shades whiter from the comfort of your own home. If that wasn’t convenient enough, this treatment is free when you take out Ollie & Darsh membership.
Cons: Over-the-counter kits can only contain minimal bleaching agents by law but could contain other abrasive ingredients that can damage your enamel. Worse still, some illegal online kits may contain higher levels of bleach, which can seep out from the mouth tray (which won’t be bespoke to you) and damage your teeth and gums.
Enlighten Evolution whitening is a quick and effective treatment that can help you to achieve the brightest natural shade of tooth possible (VITA B1 shade). With long-lasting results made possible in just 15 days, Enlighten Evolution’s gentle, low-sensitivity whitening formula is a great option if you want long-lasting results.
Pros: Enlighten Evolution whitens up to 16 shades to VITA B1 in 98% of cases. Most of the treatment is carried out from the comfort and convenience of your home, with the final session delivered by your dentist. Ollie & Darsh just happens to be an Enlighten Centre of Excellence, so you can rest assured you are in safe hands!
Cons: Although Enlighten teeth whitening produces fast results, there are faster treatments out there (such as Philips Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening) that can give you a dazzling smile with less legwork and fewer dentist visits.
Philips Zoom Laser Teeth Whitening
Zoom by name, Zoom by nature, Philips Zoom Whitespeed laser teeth whitening treatments can make your teeth up to seven shades whiter with just one 90-minute session. Afterwards, you just top up your treatment at home using custom whitening trays.
Pros: Philips Zoom Whitespeed laser teeth whitening is safe, laser-fast and long-lasting. If you are looking for the fastest whitening results, say for your wedding or a special event, Philips Zoom cannot be beaten.
Cons: This teeth whitening treatment involves 3-4 cycles of bleaching gel applied to your teeth, then activated using UV light. This process involves putting a rubber dam over your mouth and lips, which some people find slightly uncomfortable.
Whitening toothpaste is a low-cost option that is readily available in most chemists and supermarkets.
Pros: Whitening toothpaste is marketed as an affordable means of removing surface stains caused by things like tea, coffee and red wine.
Cons: Whitening toothpaste contain barely any active bleaching agent, making them highly ineffective at whitening. While they may remove some surface stains, they won’t intrinsically whiten your teeth. In fact, the abrasives used in some whitening toothpaste could actually damage your enamel.
Over-the-counter whitening strips are another low-cost whitening option that are widely available to buy.
Pros: Whitening strips are a cheap, readily available way to achieve short-lived whitening results.
Cons: Whitening strips are far from a long-term solution and won’t change the internal pigmentation of your teeth. Used incorrectly (such as leaving them on too long or positioning strips on the gums), whitening strips can damage teeth and gums.
Teeth Whitening Liverpool
If you are looking for teeth whitening in Liverpool, several options are available. While whitening strips, toothpastes and kits that you can buy over-the-counter or online offer a tempting low-cost option, they are essentially a false economy and can cause more harm than good. The only way to enjoy guaranteed whitening results that are safe, effective and last the distance is with a dentist-approved whitening treatment.
Ollie & Darsh provides high-quality teeth whitening treatments ranging from our specially formulated (and free for members) home teeth whitening kits to Enlighten Evolution whitening and Philips Zoom Whitespeed laser teeth whitening. With 0% finance available on all our teeth whitening treatments and half-price Whitening Wednesdays, you can afford to treat yourself to the Liverpool teeth whitening treatment your smile deserves!