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Teeth Whitening FAQ

How long does it take to see results?

Most people see results after their very first application. Generally your smile will be noticeably whiter after about 3-4 treatments.

How long do the results last?

Generally results will last about 6-8 weeks. Lifestyle choices like smoking, caffeine, drinking soft drinks and eating chocolate/lollies will stain your teeth faster.

How often should I whiten?

We recommend whitening once a week for the first month and then as needed, but not more than once a month. If you choose to whiten more often, we recommend you ask your dentist for advice first.

Is this permanent?

No, teeth whitening isn’t permanent - stains will build up again over time.

How many shades whiter will I go?

Results vary from person to person depending on the makeup of their enamel - but you will see a significant change in the colour after about 4 applications.

Will my teeth whiten faster if I whiten more than you say?

If you want to whiten more than we recommend for best and safest results, please speak with your dentist first.

Can I still drink tea/coffee/red wine?

Yes you can, but the stains may build up faster and you may need to whiten every four weeks or so.

I’m a smoker will this help?

Yes, teeth whitening works really well on yellow stains so you will see a noticeable result as the whitening will remove the tobacco stains.

I have grey coloured teeth, will whitening still work?

We see awesome results on yellower stains, but you will still see a great improvement.

Is this any better than whitening toothpaste from the supermarket?

Yes, significantly better. Whitening toothpaste from the supermarket generally has 0.08% carbamide peroxide while ours has 18%.

I have moulds from my dentist can I use them?

Absolutely. We recommend you clean them with toothpaste and a toothbrush after each whitening session to make sure there isn’t gel left on them.

I have a retainer from my braces, can I still use this?

Yes, although we do recommend that you be careful when you mould your mouth guards to not mould into the retainer. It is absolutely safe for the glue, but we recommend you don’t whiten over the metal bars holding on your retainer.

Do I need to see a dentist before whitening?

We do recommend you see your dentist for a scale and clean before your first whitening treatment.

What if I have sensitive teeth?

If you have sensitive teeth we recommend our Professional kit which includes a desensitisation gel. Alternatively our new On The Go whitening strips are specially formulated for people with sensitive teeth.

Will whitening damage my enamel?

If you follow our guidelines for the best and safest results there will be no damage to your enamel. If you’re concerned we recommend you ask your dentist.

Can I whiten if I have braces?

Unfortunately no you can’t - whitening may interfere with the glue holding your braces on and will cause uneven whitening. Best to wait until you have your braces off.

Does it work on veneers?

Whitening might remove some stains from your veneers, but will only whiten natural tooth enamel. However, we have had amazing results with veneers in the past.

Does it work if I have fillings?

Whitening is completely safe for your fillings and will remove some of the stains on your fillings.

What is the recommended age for the kits?

We don’t recommend whitening for anyone under 18 - their pulp (nerve) is still exposed and will be sensitive.

Is there anyone who can’t whiten?

We don’t recommend whitening if you have decayed teeth, exposed dentine, exposed roots, or illnesses such as colitis and crohns.

I’m pregnant/breastfeeding, can I whiten my teeth?

We don’t recommend whitening while you’re pregnant or breast feeding, but feel free to ask your GP or specialist for advice.

I have holes in my teeth, can I still whiten?

We don’t recommend whitening while you have holes in your teeth. If your teeth aren’t in a healthy state we recommend seeing a dentist for advice first.

Have questions that are specific to the Pearly Whites range of whitening products? Try our Pearly Whites Teeth Whitening FAQ page or contact us. We’re always happy to help.