Frequently Asked Questions
- Are there any side effects?
Apart from some sensitivity which is temporary, there is no long term damage to the teeth or its enamel. This has been proved by numerous scientific studies, as such there is no significant long term side effects through the whitening process.
In some cases we recommend using Sensodyne toothpaste for a minimum of two days to help with sensitivity experienced if any. In very rare cases you may experience slight swelling of the lips or minor gum irritation if this does occur apply an ice pack to the area for a short period of time until the swelling subsides.
- Can I whiten my teeth whilst pregnant?
Although there is no evidence to suggest the treatment is damaging, teeth whitening is deemed unsuitable for those who are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Does it hurt?
Some individuals suitable for the whitening treatment will experience little if any sensitivity with their teeth post treatment. We provide a unique system using Cold Blue LED light technology which eradicates heat from the session, thereby significantly reducing any nerve irritation within your teeth that causes sensitivity. This system uses a gum dam applied and cured by light whilst the use of Vitamin E moisturise your lips and other soft tissue, application of desensitising and re-mineralising gels revitalise and brighten your teeth during and after the whitening process.
It is advisable to avoid very hot or very cold food and drinks within the first 48 hours of your whitening treatment.
- How does it work?
The treatment involves the application of a tooth bleaching gel designed specifically to remove stains and lighten discolouration of enamel. The gel is applied to the top outer layer of your teeth -- the enamel -- and then activated with our Cold Blue LED light technology. The heat and light allow the product to penetrate enamel and remove discolouration without damaging the mouth, gums or teeth.
The results are proven to be visible after one treatment session -- our procedure involves the use of a shading guide before and after each treatment - this make results measurable and unmistakable.
- How long does it last?
Although the process removes stains permanently, everyday foods, drinks and tobacco use will eventually stain and discolour teeth that have been whitened. However, whitening results can last up to 18 months depending on your oral habits. Top up sessions are recommended and can be discussed with our Dentist not only to enhance results, but to maintain the whiteness achieved from the initial whitening session.
- How white will my teeth become?
This will depend on the nature of the staining, length of your treatment and natural colour of your teeth. Most people will notice significant whitening, some almost dramatic. However, every individual is different and whitening results differ, but generally anything between 2 to 8 shades lighter than your original tooth shade can be achieved with our Teeth Whitening sessions.
We make sure that all of our clients know that although our technique does not harm crowns, veneers or fillings - it will not lighten them. In addition, we can never guarantee the result you will achieve as every individual will respond differently to the whitening gel.
- is it harmful to my teeth?
All individuals suitable for the whitening treatment will experience little if any sensitivity. Smile Science offer a unique system using Cold Blue LED light technology which eradicates heat from the session, thereby significantly reducing any nerve irritation within your teeth that causes sensitivity. This system uses a gum dam applied and cured by light whilst the use of Vitamin E moisturise your lips and other soft tissue, application of desensitising and re-mineralising gels revitalise and brighten your teeth during and after the whitening process.
- Is it safe?
Smile Science Harley Street Limited use GDC registered Dentists who are covered for Professional Indemnity.
- Is there an age limit?
When whitening teeth purely for cosmetic reasons the lowest age limit is 18 years old. We are unable to provide teeth whitening to any individuals under the age of 18 regardless of consent.
- What causes discolouration?
Discolouration can be caused by a number of factors such as regular oral cleaning and the duration of your whitening which depends on the length of your treatment and the maintenance used thereafter. Results can be affected by the following; tobacco, coffee, tea, cola, red wine or anything else which is rich in colour and which could cause staining.
- What if I have any feedback, queries or a complaint?
Any comments, feedback or complaints can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our teeth will contact you.
- Will teeth whitening effect my dental work e.g. crowns, fillings?
Teeth Whitening will only work on your natural teeth, any other artificial dental work cannot be whitened during the process. However, surface stains can be removed during these sessions.