Myths about teeth whitening debunked

When it comes to dental whitening, you may have heard a myriad of different truths about what can and cannot be achieved using in-surgery or at-home treatments.


At Harley Street Dental Clinic, we are proud of the results we have obtained year after year using teeth whitening Harley Street. When you come to us, we can guarantee that you will leave with a wonderful smile.

So, what are some of the most common myths our team hears about teeth whitening Harley Street?

Professional whitening results can be achieved at home

If you want to whiten your teeth inexpensively, you may opt for using an at-home whitening gel or polish.

It is unlikely that these options will result in you obtaining a whiter smile and they may even cause damage to your gums and enamel. When you come to us for teeth whitening Harley Street, we will always aim to match the results of our treatments to what you want and, with our expertise, ensure that there will be no damage done to your teeth or gums.

Gums and toothpaste can whiten teeth

There are many pastes and gums on the market that boast being able to whiten teeth.

But, if you have extensively stained teeth, these are unlikely to work. Even the strongest toothpaste available on the market for whitening contains less than 3% peroxide, which, when compared to the 60% solution that we use in surgery, is unlikely to achieve the desired result.

The strongest gels are the best for whitening

It is easy to see where this myth comes from. After all, a stronger solution of anything equates to a better result, doesn’t it?

When it comes to whitening your teeth, however, our team will select the strength of the whitening gel we use based on what your desired result is. Also, if you are looking for an ice-white smile, we may have to spread the treatment out over several sessions and will not use the strongest whitening gel in the first instance; this can cause damage and will not result in the best long term whitening.

Diet has no impact on dental whitening

Just as your diet can affect your teeth before you have them whitened, once you have had the treatment, your diet can play a large role in how long your teeth remain white.

Indeed, if you smoke or drink excessive quantities of alcohol, red wine or soda, it is unlikely that you will get the standard 6-8 months out of having your teeth professionally whitened.

While we will provide you with at-home top-ups, if you are worried about how long your whitening is likely to last based on your diet, please talk to our team.

Veneers or white fillings can be whitened

When you undertake whitening procedures, whether it is with our team or at home, it is important to remember that the gels used are for natural teeth only.

Ergo, if you have white fillings or veneers, they cannot be whitened along with the rest of your teeth.