Frequently Asked Questions

Q1 . How white will my teeth go at the end of the treatment?

Q2 . How soon will I see results?

Q3 . Is the treatment painful?

Q4 . How long will the whitening last?

Q5 . Is the process harmful to teeth?

Q6 . Will the gel whiten crowns, veneers or false teeth?

Q7 . Is teeth whitening classified as dentistry?

Q8 . How long does the treatment take?

Q9 . Who cannot undergo the power teeth whitening treatment?

Q10 . What causes Tooth discolouration?

1 . How white will my teeth go at the end of the treatment?

This depends on the mineral content contained within your teeth and results can therefore vary between individuals. Mineral content depletes with age and mineral content can also be affected by Tetracycline (antibiotics which you may have taken as a child). Generally speaking, we will get your teeth to as white as they were when you were a teenager (sometimes whiter). Some people prefer not to have this level of whiteness, and should request prior to a procedure not to have their teeth whitened too dramatically. The Beyond™ system will get your teeth to as white as they will naturally go.

2 . How soon will I see results?

Immediately! There is no waiting around for 2 or 3 weeks to see the results. As soon as you are finished with your treatment, you will look in the mirror (usually with great surprise). If we do not whiten your teeth, you will not be charged for the procedure.

3 . Is the treatment painful?

Most clients experience no pain or sensitivity during or after the treatment. However, a very small percentage of clients may feel some minor tooth sensitivity, especially if he or she consumes very cold or hot foods or drinks within a few hours after the treatment. Therefore it is recommended that clients avoid consuming extremely hot or cold food or beverages for the first 24 hours following the treatment.

4 . How long will the whitening last?

This varies from person to person and depends on your diet and lifestyle, but the effects usually last for 1 year or longer. Periodic touch-up treatments are recommended for clients who frequently consume coffee, tea, red wine or other staining foods and drinks or for those that use tobacco products. Please see our Teeth Whitening Plan - See the whitening plan page for details of our whitening plan.

5 . Is the process harmful to teeth?

No! The effect on teeth is no different to the effect from commonly ingested foods or regular dental procedures. Scientific research has shown that the active ingredients in our Teeth Whitening Gel are effective and safe for cosmetic teeth whitening. The dental community has used these ingredients in performing teeth whitening for years and they have been approved by the MSDS, FDA and PSA. Our Teeth Whitening Gel does not change or damage the structure of the teeth; it merely makes them appear white and shiny.

6 . Will the gel whiten crowns, veneers or false teeth?

The whitening process will only remove intrinsic staining from natural teeth. However, the gel will help remove all extrinsic staining from teeth, including false teeth. This means that your false teeth will be 'cleaned' back to their original colour.

If you are planning to have a crown, bridge, filling or false tooth, it is recommended that you first have your teeth whitened. Your dentist will then be able to match the shade of the false tooth to your new colour.

7 . Is teeth whitening classified as dentistry?

Teeth whitening products were legally classified as cosmetics in 2001 and are therefore more appropriate to the beauty industry than the dental industry. In any case, all of our dentists are fully trained, GDC certified and insured. The procedure itself is very simple and completely non-invasive.

8 . How long does the treatment take?

Please allow 60-80 minutes for the entire duration, as a consultation preceeds the whitening treatment.

9 . Who cannot undergo the power teeth whitening treatment treatment?

Our power teeth whitening treatment is not suitable for clients who are pregnant or lactating. The treatment is also contraindicated for children under the age of 16. Additionally, any clients with known allergies to hydrogen peroxide or glycols should not undergo the treatment.

10 . What causes Tooth discolouration?

This can be separated into two categories: extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains are those that appear on the surface of the teeth as a result of exposure to dark-coloured beverages, foods, tobacco, and routine wear and tear. Superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and prophylactic dental cleaning. Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed with more involved efforts, like teeth bleaching. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

Intrinsic stains are those that form on the interior of teeth. Intrinsic stains result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (like tetracycline) during tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of fluoride.