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How Long Does It Take To Whiten My Teeth?

5 May 2023

While we associate a bright, white smile as being healthy and confident, having dull, yellow, and stained teeth can make you feel self-conscious. There are many things that cause stains and discolouration, including diet, lifestyle, and the natural thinning of dental enamel. 

Thankfully, there are ways to refresh your smile. With professional teeth whitening, you can restore the natural white of your smile and feel good about its appearance. 

One question you’ll probably ask before booking your treatment is, “how long does it take to whiten my teeth?” Well, the answer to that depends on which route you take.

Here’s everything you need to know about brightening your smile at Love Teeth. 

What Teeth Whitening Options Are Available?

At Love Teeth, we offer three different teeth whitening treatments; Enlighten, Boutique, and Philips Zoom!

Enlighten and Boutique are both at-home treatments, Philips Zoom! Is used in-clinic. Each treatment has benefits, and some are quicker than others. 

If you’re looking to brighten your smile for a certain date, such as a wedding or job interview, it helps to plan ahead so you can make the right choice. 

How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

At-home treatments like Boutique and Enlighten both use a peroxide solution to lift stains and lighten the shade of your teeth. With this type of treatment, we’ll take digital scans of your smile to create bespoke whitening trays. 

While the lab makes your trays, we’ll give you special toothpaste to strengthen your teeth. 

Once your custom-made trays are ready, we’ll show you how to add the whitening solution and use them. Then, you can relax and whiten your smile from the comfort of your home. If you choose Enlighten, you’ll use this at night. Boutique whitening has both daytime and night-time options. 

Enlighten whitening treatment can brighten your smile by 16 shades to B1 Vita, the most natural white possible. 

Your Philips Zoom! treatment will be carried out in our comfortable, modern clinic. It uses a special light-activated whitener which is activated by a special light. Philips Zoom! can brighten your teeth by up to eight shades. 

Do Other Whitening Treatments Work?

The whitening treatments we provide are highly effective and safe. This type of treatment can only be provided by a GDC-registered dentist or by dental hygienists and dental therapists when prescribed by a qualified dentist. 

Any treatments offered by beauticians are not legal, there’s a considerable risk, and the business providing the whitening won’t be insured. 

While you can buy at-home whitening kits in stores and online, these, too, carry risks. Although they have less peroxide, these kits can still cause blisters and other health issues. 

Other products include whitening toothpaste. These use an abrasive ingredient like activated charcoal that scrapes away stains from the surface of your teeth. The downside is that whitening toothpaste doesn’t make much difference and could weaken the enamel on your teeth. 

How Long Does It Take To Whiten My Teeth With Enlighten?

Once your custom whitening trays have been produced by the lab, we’ll give them to you and explain how to use your whitening treatment. The great news is that you can Enlighten at home while you’re relaxing. 

The exact length of your Enlighten whitening treatment will vary depending on the extent of the staining and discolouration. Typically, you will need to use the treatment every night for two or more weeks. 

After wearing your whitening trays every night for the recommended amount of time, you’ll see a noticeable difference in the brightness of your smile. 

At the end of your time using Enlighten at home, we’ll invite you to come back into the clinic, where we’ll give you the final treatment that will really add the sparkle. 

How Long Does It Take To Whiten My Teeth With Boutique?

Boutique works in a very similar way to Enlighten; the main difference is that there are two options; a night and a day treatment. Before you begin your treatment, you’ll decide which suits your lifestyle best.

The day kit includes a 6% hydrogen peroxide solution. You’ll use this for two hours during the daytime for around two weeks.

If you choose to whiten your teeth using the night treatment, we’ll provide you with a solution that contains either 10% or 16% carbamide peroxide. You’ll need to wear your whitening trays while you sleep each night for around two weeks. 

How Long Does It Take To Whiten My Teeth With Philips Zoom?

Philips Zoom! is a quick and effective way to whiten your teeth in just one appointment. We’ll start by applying the special whitening gel to your teeth before using the special light to activate the treatment. 

Next, you can sit back and relax. Our clinics are set up with TVs, so you can enjoy passing the time while the treatment sets to work. You can expect the treatment to take approximately 45 minutes. 

Alternatively, we also offer Philips at-home treatments DayWhite and NiteWhite, which work like Enlighten and Boutique. 

Planning Your Whitening Treatment

If you need to whiten your smile quickly, Philips Zoom! is the perfect treatment for you. For exceptional results over a longer period, we recommend Enlighten or Boutique. 

Whichever treatment you choose, we will need to assess the health of your teeth. If you have weak or damaged enamel, we’ll need to make repairs to strengthen your smile. 

Maintaining Your Bright Smile

Once you’ve whitened your smile, you’ll want to keep the results. While a good hygiene routine, regular hygiene appointments, and avoiding anything that could cause stains will help you keep your teeth white, they will naturally fade over time. 

The great news is that you can top up your whitening treatment again at a later date, 

Teeth Whitening in Surrey

A bright and healthy smile can give you an instant confidence boost. Enlighten, Boutique, and Philips Zoom! are all effective treatments that deliver beautiful results. 

At Love Teeth, we offer outstanding professional teeth whitening at our clinics in Worcester Park, Sutton, Stonecot, Chessington, and Cheam. Get in touch today to schedule your whitening consultation. 


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