Which teeth whitening method is right for you? A guide to Zoom in Harley Street

One of the easiest and most popular treatments available to boost your confidence when you smile is dental whitening.


Traditionally performed using a small drill, whitening is now undertaken using a system of oxidising gels, lights and the occasional cleaning with a specific brush head from a dental professional. It can be performed at home, in the surgery (or both) depending on the severity and the depth of the staining that you have.

What are the advantages of attending a dentist to have your teeth whitened? When compared to using at-home whitening kits, there are many. For instance, your smile can be lightened by up to 18 shades in under 14 days!

At Harley Street Dental, we are able to offer our patients 2 different kinds of teeth whitening in Harley Street. The first uses a system called Zoom, and the other is called Enlighten. The difference between the 2? The length of time they take, the stains they can remove and of course, the techniques that they use to whiten your teeth.

In this article, the type of teeth whitening in Harley Street that we will break down for you is the Zoom whitening treatment that our team can offer. Enjoy!

How does it work?

The zoom whitening gel contains 25% hydrogen peroxide.

While that sounds intimidating, our team will ensure that before it is applied to your teeth both your gums, nose and eyes are protected.

Using great care, our team will brush this on to your teeth, and use our special chairside lamp to accelerate the process.

After 15 minutes, your teeth whitening in Harley Street is complete and your smile will look up to 16 shades whiter.

How are the stains removed?

The oxidising gel penetrates the enamel and with the help of the lamp, the hydrogen peroxide in the gel breaks down. This allows oxygen to get underneath those stubborn stains and lift them away in an instant.

Best of all, unlike traditional whitening methods, the enamel and the structure of the tooth is not damaged.

Is there an at-home option with Zoom?

Yes, there is.

To help keep your teeth looking sparkling, our team at Harley Street will create a set of custom-fitted trays for you to take home. We will provide you with a weaker version of the oxidising gel, allowing you to maintain that whiter smile at home.

How long does it last?

This will depend on your lifestyle; if you regularly drink highly acidic products like coffee, red wine or juices, then the effects may not last very long.

On average, the whitening achieved with Zoom lasts 6 months.

Can it be redone?

Yes, it can.

Many of our patients choose to have the process repeated but, in the name of safety, our team will only be able to offer you another Zoom session 8-12months after your last one was performed. Remember, you will have the maintenance kit at home to help you keep that gleaming smile whiter for longer!