Teeth whitening: the facts

Are you tired of your dull smile and longing for pearly white teeth? In the pursuit of a whiter and brighter smile, teeth whitening is one of the largest growing cosmetic procedures in the UK.

But if you’re considering a whiter smile, it’s essential to look at the risks, efficacy, and options available.

Is teeth whitening safe?

There are numerous options available when it comes to whitening teeth – from bleaching kits and toothpaste to in-chair treatments and holistic remedies. However, it is important to remember that before trying anything, patients should consider whether the treatment is safe, approved and conducted correctly in a clinical environment.

Many products that can be bought online or over-the-counter can pose risks to our health, particularly if you don’t know whether the level of bleach they contain is safe,Likewise, whitening treatments performed in unregistered beauty salons or shops can also be risky – therefore it’s important to remember that only dentists registered with the General Dentist Council can carry out teeth whitening.

Is whitening suitable for me?

For the vast majority of people, whitening can work really well and the results will be a significant improvement. However, there are some instances where patients aren’t suitable for treatment.

People who have dental restorations such as crowns or bridges; porcelain veneers; cosmetic bonding or tooth-colored fillings will find that the bleaching agents won’t work on all their teeth.

It is also worth bearing in mind that, while teeth whitening is completely safe when conducted properly, it can lead to temporary sensitivity to temperature, pressure, and touch, as well as temporary gum irritation. With that in mind, it’s important for you to visit your dentist to assess the status of your teeth and gums prior to the treatment.

You can visit your own dentist

To get the best results, you don’t necessarily need to use products at home, or invest in private dental care. The  Whitening treatment performed at the practice is a quick and effective way to whiten your teeth in a short space of time.

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Results can last for up to three years

The good news is the effects of whitening can last up to three years. However, this will vary from person to person. The effect is less likely to last as long if you smoke, or eat or drink things that can stain your teeth.

Does teeth whitening affect your enamel?

Contrary to popular belief, your tooth enamel is safe. I get asked this a lot. The conclusive answer is no. Dental whitening products only remove surface stains that are in the microscopic pores of your teeth. The bleach does not penetrate deep within the tooth.

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