Tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments within dentistry and sometimes brushing alone just doesn’t cut it when trying to keeping your pearly whites white.
When brushing alone isn’t enough there are a whole range of whitening products and treatments available from over the counter products to professional whitening carried out by a trained dental professional.
Is Tooth Whitening Bad for Your Teeth?
There is a common misconception that using bleaching products is harmful to your teeth, this is a myth. Bleaching products if used correctly and according to directions are perfectly safe to use. Teeth whitening products only affect the colour of your teeth and not the health or strength.
There are however side effects, as with most products we use every day. The most common side effects from bleaching are tooth sensitivity and gum discomfort, these side effects are temporary and will disappear within a few days after treatment.
The products available come in a range of options from home kits, toothpaste to dentist-supervised home whitening.
Home kits bought over the counter in Europe cannot legally contain more than 0.1% peroxide. This is generally too little to be effective.
Whitening toothpastes do not affect the natural colour of your teeth but can be effective at removing stains and help restore teeth to their natural colour. Whitening toothpastes may help the effect to last after teeth have been professionally whitened. It is recommended by the British Dental Health Foundation that you look out for their symbol on the packaging of oral-care products. This is a guarantee that the claims made by the products have been scientifically and clinically checked by an independent panel of experts.
Dentist-supervised home kits are the most successful tooth whitening option when seeking whiter teeth. This consists of the dentist taking impressions of your teeth and having a tray, similar to a gum shield, made to fit over your teeth. This tray is then taken home with a whitening gel which is put into the tray before covering your teeth and slept in overnight. This type of treatments should only ever be carried out by a dental professional. However, it has become the trend for beauticians to offer tooth whitening. In Europe tooth whitening can only legally be provided by a dentist. The products offered by anyone other than a dentist come with a great deal of risk as the products may not be safe and can potentially cause permanent damage to teeth and gums.
City Dentals dentist-supervised home whitening kits from £249. For more information or to book an appointment contact us