If you’re looking for effective teeth whitening in London, our Fulham cosmetic dental practice has you covered. But before you commit to a smile refresh, you may have some questions: is teeth whitening the best solution for you? How does it work, is it safe, and what does it cost? Here are some answers to your most frequently asked about this transformative treatment.
How does teeth whitening work?
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment that lightens the shade of your teeth. Pigment molecules work their way inside your teeth and into your enamel to cause stains. Whitening gels contain hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. When these bleaching agents are applied, an oxidising reaction happens inside your teeth, breaking down any stains that have formed.
Should I get my teeth whitened?
We use our teeth every day without fail, so a few stains here and there are to be expected! There are two types of stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. The latter refers to surface stains caused by the pigmentation in foods like curry or tomatoes and drinks like red wine or coffee. Whitening is an effective solution for extrinsic stains, and it can do so in a matter of weeks! Intrinsic stains are more internal and often caused by decay, ageing, damage or certain medications. Whilst removing intrinsic stains may be possible with teeth whitening, veneers will likely be a more suitable alternative as they are a more permanent way of replacing lost enamel. Depending on the level of decay in your teeth, we may also recommend fillings, crowns or dental implants. Consultations at New Smile Fulham are always FREE – if you are unsure whether your stains are extrinsic or intrinsic, we can recommend the best course of treatment to restore your smile.
Is teeth whitening safe?
Teeth whitening is entirely safe if carried out by a trained dental professional – it is a dental procedure, and it is illegal for anyone else to administer this treatment. Our expert cosmetic dentists at New Smile Fulham have extensive experience transforming patients’ smiles with at-home and in-surgery whitening – so trust us – the procedure is entirely safe.
Does teeth whitening hurt?
You may feel some sensitivity after teeth whitening, but this is very normal, and the discomfort should pass in a couple of hours. If you have a history of prolonged sensitivity or gum disease, we may suggest that teeth whitening isn’t the best choice for you. If your enamel is damaged or you’re suffering from tooth decay, we will need to treat your teeth and restore them to health before we go ahead with whitening treatment to prevent further damage and pain.
How much does teeth whitening cost?
At New Smile Fulham, prices for at-home whitening start from £295, with in-surgery whitening from just £495. At-home Boutique Whitening fits around your lifestyle; the day formula requires 1.5 hours of wear time, and the overnight gels whiten your teeth whilst you sleep. In-surgery Enlighten tooth whitening happens in our stunning Fulham practice and guarantees the whitest shade possible in as little as an hour.
At New Smile Fulham, transforming smiles is what we do best. If you’re dreaming of a brighter, whiter smile this year, get in touch to book your FREE consultation!