How Does Teeth Whitening Work

Why Don’t We All Have Perfect Teeth

perfect white teeth

The first thing that people notice is your smile, they may not say anything if your teeth are dull or stained, but you can be sure that they noticed it. A bright white smile leaves an immediate impression on everybody you meet.

But the thing is just how do your teeth get in such a bad way?

We are all born with basically white teeth, but through life, something goes wrong, usually its our favourite foods, drinks, and smoking that means that by the time we reach middle age (or before sometimes) our teeth look decidedly dull and discoloured.

Of course some people are pre disposed genetically to have dull yellowy teeth.

What ever the reason for it, there are solutions to this problem

The Basic Teeth Whitening Process

If you go to your dental surgeon to discuss whitening they will want to ensure that your teeth are in good condition, its wise to not enter into any whitening treatments unless you know your teeth are sound, and without cavities etc.

how does teeth whitening work

If you are having whitening done in a surgery, they will make a mould of your teeth, this will be used to make a tray that fits neatly over your teeth.

It is this specially made tray that will hold the whitening compound during your treatment, most compounds are made up of various bleaching agents such as peroxides. The trays are worn for anything from 30 minutes to an hour per treatment

Most Professional dental treatments work over a two week period, your teeth will gradually turn white, sometimes the effects are almost immediate, but this will depend on the starting condition of the teeth. You and your dentist will both work together to decide just how white your teeth will get.


After all this, you will have the whiter smile that you have always wanted, the results do last reasonably well, but this will still depend on the amount of coffee etc that you drink, and how many cigarettes you smoke.

The one downside to having whitening done in the dentists chair is the cost, this can prove prohibitive and can cost from £300 to £500.

There are cheaper options, home whitening kits and other products are available which will all provide a whitening effect to your teeth.

Naturally there are some good and some not so good products, it is always wise to do some research before buying home teeth whitening kits.

We have spent the past 10 years researching and trying out many of the popular ( and some not so popular) home teeth whitening kits and our reviews make up a large part of this website.

From our research, we have compiled our own finite list of those kits that we believe offer the best results and value for money.

Discover The UK’s Best Home Teeth Whitening Kits Here