Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening

18 Nov Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. However, with horror stories of teeth whitening gone wrong reported in the national press, you could be forgiven for thinking that teeth whitening is an unsafe procedure.

Rest assured, teeth whitening is perfectly safe if carried out by a General Dental Council registered dental professional.

Under the Dentists Act 1984, it’s illegal for anyone other than dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and clinical dental technicians to carry out teeth whitening. Unfortunately, throughout the UK several unregistered practitioners are offering the service without the appropriate training and knowledge. If teeth whitening is not done correctly or uses the wrong chemicals, it can cause permanent damage to your teeth and gums. The process is only safe if carried out by a registered dental professional that has the relevant skills and experience.

The home teeth whitening kits don’t contain enough of the whitening product to be effective and if the mouthguard provided does not fit properly some of the bleaching gel can leak out into the mouth and gums, causing blistering and sensitivity.

The General Dental Council (GDC) recently published independent research that showed one in five who had tooth whitening in the last 12 months, or who planned to have it in the next 12 months, would choose to have it done at a beauty clinic, salon or other location, or a home tooth whitening kit!

If you’re thinking of having your teeth whitened your dentist will be able to advise you whether whitening is right for you. Sometimes teeth whitening isn’t suitable, for example, if you have gum disease, crowns or you’ve worn the enamel on your teeth through bruxism.

At Select Dental, we use the bleaching gel method to whiten teeth.  We take an impression of your teeth to make a mouthguard and instruct you on how to use it at home with the supplied bleaching gel. Using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks.

Occasionally, some patients find their gums sensitive to the chemicals used in teeth whitening, especially if they already have sensitive teeth, but the procedure is safe.

If you’re interested in having your teeth whitened, please give us a call on 01395 225600 to arrange a no-obligation consultation.

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