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All about teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment which involves bleaching your teeth to make them whiter. The best way to keep your smile healthy and bright is to look after your teeth and gums, but it’s not unusual to need a little help.

You might consider teeth whitening for different reasons. Your teeth can lose their whiteness with age but can also become stained by smoking or drinking lots of tea, coffee or red wine.

Fortunately, our professional whitening treatments quickly and safely remove stains, without damaging your teeth. We’ve seen thousands of patients grow in confidence thanks to a brighter, whiter smile.

We provide two teeth whitening options at practices across the UK: in practice whitening applied by a dentist, and teeth whitening kits to use at home.

Is teeth whitening right for you?


Please note: this photo was taken before the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing rules.

  • You’ll need to be 18 or over to have teeth whitening
  • Your teeth and gums must be healthy, which your dentist will check during your initial consultation*
  • It’s best to delay having your teeth whitened if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, because it’s not clear whether the whitening products can affect the baby
  • Be aware that teeth whitening won’t lighten the colour of any crowns, veneers, bridges or dentures

You’ll need to have a consultation* to check you’re suitable for whitening treatment. If you’re eligible, your dentist will discuss which whitening option might suit you best, and the associated cost.

If you’re unsuitable for treatment, you could consider composite bonding, veneers or crowns for particularly discoloured or damaged teeth. Your dentist will explain your options during your consultation.

Your teeth whitening options

Learn more about the different types of teeth whitening

Before and after photos

Why choose Bupa Dental Care for professional teeth whitening?

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*Teeth whitening treatment is not suitable for every patient and is subject to the patient's oral health. Prior to whitening treatment commencing, patients will need a dental examination from their dentist to confirm their teeth and gums are healthy and fit for whitening treatment. This dental examination is a separate charge in addition to the costs of the whitening treatment.

‡: Philips data. Zoom 6% Whitening Gel Efficacy Test. Data on file. 2013. †Giniger et al Jada Vol. 136, March 2005 and Li et al Compend Contin Educ Dent. Vol 24(5) May 2003.

1: Correct as of September 2021.

2: LaingBuisson, Dentistry UK Market Report, 5th ed. If you require verification, please email marketing@bupadentalcare.co.uk

Many images and videos used throughout our website were taken before the COVID-19 outbreak and therefore do not represent COVID best practices.

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Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 00478127. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

Oasis Dental Care Limited has a number of trading names including Bupa Dental Care. For a list of all our different trading names please follow this link.

Many images and videos used throughout our website were taken before the COVID-19 outbreak and therefore do not represent COVID best practices.

^ We may record or monitor our calls.

Bupa Dental Care is a trading name of Oasis Dental Care Limited. Registered in England and Wales No: 00478127. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

Oasis Dental Care Limited has a number of trading names including Bupa Dental Care. For a list of all our different trading names please follow this link.

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