Teeth Whitening – London

Professional teeth whitening is now more popular and effective than it’s ever been. Affordable treatment costs and the appeal of an almost instant sparkle are just two of the many attractions that bring Londoners to our King’s Cross dental clinic for whitening treatment.

There’s no denying that having a healthy, gleaming smile is one of the best ways to make a lasting first impression. While we can’t guarantee that a brighter smile will improve your career prospects, we often find that whitening treatment can supercharge your self-confidence.

As the years go by, we often notice that our teeth are losing their youthful sparkle. The fading gleam isn’t all down to tea, red wine and spicy sauces. Gradual discolouring of the teeth is part of the natural aging process. Luckily, rapid whitening treatment is easily arranged with a skilled dentist at a London teeth whitening dental clinic.

There are basically two options available for effective teeth whitening in London. In-surgery, also known as “laser teeth whitening” is becoming increasingly popular with all age groups. This type of whitening treatment involves painting the teeth with a special gel. A Philips ‘Zoom’ whitening device is then used to activate the gel. The great thing about the Philips Zoom system is that you get a brighter smile after a single, 45 minute treatment.

Some people opt for professional home teeth whitening. For safer, more efficient application of the whitening gel, your dentist will make you a personalised bleaching tray. This can be used day or night, over a two or three week period.

Whichever whitening option you choose, you need to be aware that crowns, bridges and dentures won’t be whitened by any tooth bleaching treatment.

Choosing A Dentist For Treatment

Ever been tempted by the low-cost tooth whitening treatments offered by spa’s and beauty salons? You may be surprised to learn that it’s illegal for a beauty therapist to carry out tooth whitening procedures. Only a qualified dental practitioner who is registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) can carry out teeth whitening treatment in London and the rest of the UK.

It’s not just the legal issues that make a qualified dentist the best choice for your whitening make-over. Only trained and qualified dental practitioner can spot underlying dental problems that may cause poetntial side effects.

The most common tooth whitening side effects are usually increased temperature sensitivity and irritated gums. For most people, these problems disappear soon after treatment. A professional dentist will provide expert advice on the after effects of whitening treatment.

Yellowing of the teeth can be due to a build-up of tartar, or thinning of the white protective enamel around each tooth. Rarely, tooth discolouring can also be due to medical conditions, antibiotics, or problems with tooth development during childhood. This rare type of staining can be difficult to treat with standard whitening products and procedures. The safest option is to have a professional dental check-up before trying out any tooth whitening product.

A pre-whitening check-up with a professional London dentist will give you an opportunity to find out which tooth whitening treatment is likely to be your best option. If it’s just a little tartar build-up, the best (and cheapest) solution could be a half-hour clean and polish with a dental hygienist. After professional cleaning, your teeth may not be as bad as you think. Your dentist or hygienist will be happy to recommend the best products to keep surface stains at bay.

Teeth Whitening Options

Off-the-shelf products

From whitening toothpaste to mini ‘blue light’ kits, the shelves of London pharmacies are creaking with the weight of off-the-shelf whitening products. We all love a quick-fix remedy – especially with a discount price tag, but are these products good value for money?

Whitening toothpaste

Most off-the-shelf whitening toothpastes on sale in London are designed to reduce surface staining. Many of the big-brand whitening toothpastes only contain a miniscule trace of active whitening ingredients. It’s hardly surprising really – the most effective tooth whitening agents are hydrogen peroxide and carbamide peroxide. Both compounds are bleaching chemicals that can have harmful effects. The tiny amount of bleach found in whitening toothpaste is usually too weak to have any obvious whitening effect.

Whitening toothpaste that doesn’t contain bleach will often rely on abrasive grains to clean and polish your teeth. Baking soda is an abrasive ingredient that’s often been used as a traditional tooth cleaner. Abrasive toothpaste can be pretty effective at cleaning surface stains, but daily use could eventually wear-down protective tooth enamel.


Teeth whitening strips are incredibly popular with home whiteners. This is probably due to their low cost and easy application. A box will usually contain a 7 to 14 day supply of gel-coated, transparent whitening strips. Various active whitening ingredients are used in different strip brands, including peroxide bleaches.

As with whitening toothpaste, the amount of bleaching agent in the gel is often lower than in the products used by dentists. Many users report a noticeable whitening effect, but this isn’t as long-lasting as an in-clinic whitening treatment. A dental check-up is recommended before you use any strips.

Sonic toothbrush

Most experts agree that electric toothbrushes are best for cleaning your teeth. By using high frequency sound waves to activate the brush fibres, sonic toothbrushes push the idea even further. Some sonic toothbrushes are advertised as being effective for removing stains like tea and coffee from your teeth.

Dentists who’ve tried sonic toothbrushes agree that they are effective for stain removal. The expert dental advice is that regular use of a high quality electric toothbrush will reduce surface staining and help to restore the natural colour of your teeth

Off-the-shelf kits

There’s an amazing range of home teeth whitening kits available off-the-shelf in London pharmacies. These range from a box containing a basic bleaching tray and gels, to mini ‘blue light’ systems with paint-on whitener and accelerator solutions.

Many of the ‘blue light’ systems currently on offer seem to overstate their effectiveness. With these do-it-yourself products, it’s incredibly difficult to paint the whitening gels onto hard to reach teeth.

The main problem with the other whitening kits is the size and quality of the bleaching trays. These are rarely a good fit for the user. This means that it’s easy to get peroxide bleach oozing out onto the gums and sensitive flesh in the mouth. At best, this leads to inconsistent whitening. At worst, it can leave you with painful, blistered gums.

Professional home teeth whitening kits

If you prefer to do your treatment in the comfort of your own home, a professional home teeth whitening kit is the way to go. As well as a custom-made bleaching tray that’s a perfect fit, you also get a pre-treatment dental check-up to highlight any potential problems. Professional home whitening with a personalised kit is the relaxed, convenient way to brighten your pearly-whites!

For daytime whitening, there’s a kit with mint flavoured hydrogen peroxide solution. Hydrogen peroxide is a fast-acting tooth whitener. Two 15 to 30 minute, daytime whitening sessions will restore your teeth to your chosen brilliance in 7 to 14 days.

If you don’t have the free time available for daytime whitening, choose a slower acting, night or daytime whitening treatment. This kit comes with a minty carbamide peroxide gel. Most people choose this kit for 1 to 2 hour night-time whitening sessions. This kit will return your teeth to their optimum whiteness in 7 to 14 days.

Professional laser teeth whitening

For faster, in-clinic whitening in London, choose laser teeth whitening with a GDC registered cosmetic dentist. To deliver this premium quality service, your dentist will use a Philips Zoom system. These days, Zoom whitening is carried out with bright LED lights rather than a laser. After the whitening gel is applied to your teeth, the LED light is used to activate and accelerate the whitening effect. This type of laser treatment can increase the whiteness of your teeth up to 8 shades in a single, 45 minute session.

Potential side effects may include increased teeth sensitivity. Your dentist will be able to turn the intensity of the LED light down if you feel discomfort during the procedure. After Zoom whitening, its best to avoid highly coloured foods and drinks for a while. Newly whitened teeth are more easily stained.

Finding A Teeth Whitening Dental Clinic In London

With a long-standing reputation for superior cosmetic dental services, it’s easy to find a world-class dental clinic in London. The UK’s dental practitioners are regulated by the General Dental Council. This guarantees that any whitening treatment offered by a London based dental clinic is backed up by high standards of service.
For friendly, reliable tooth whitening in London, try the King’s Cross Dental Clinic at 285-287 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QD. This centrally located whitening clinic is just a few minutes walk from St Pancras and King’s Cross stations.
Call 020 7837 0773 today to arrange a tooth whitening consultation.

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