Tooth whitening Facts
One of the most sought after cosmetic dental treatments in the UK is Tooth whitening. The statistics show that 40% of British people have considered tooth whitening to improve their smiles.
I am going to share some facts about tooth whitening with you so when considering tooth whitening, you will make a well informed and wise decision.
- What you eat affects how white your teeth will be. Coffee, tea, red wine , food colorants can stain your teeth. Also smoking is a well-known cause for tooth discoloration and staining.
2 . Tartar-hardened plaque- will affect the colour of the teeth as it is rough and gathers more stains than your smooth tooth surface.
3 . some people may have internal tooth discoloration as the result of being given antibiotics in childhood.
4.Your genes will determine the natural whiteness of teeth. Some races have whiter teeth and some darker.
5. Professional tooth whitening can lighten the natural shade of the teeth. The ‘active ingredient’ in the whitening product is mainly hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient breaks down, it releases radical oxygen which can penetrate into the enamel and whiten the tooth.
6. The effects of whitening can last up to three years. However, it varies from person to person and depends on the amount of tea, coffee and red wine they take. Individuals may need a touch-up every now and then to maintain the whiteness of their whitened teeth.
7. In the UK tooth whitening can only be legally performed by a dentist. Therefore, getting your teeth whitened by beauticians, or in whitening kiosks, is against the law. It could expose you to dangerous products and cause lasting damage to teeth and gums. The damage can vary from discolouration of the gums to severe burns and tooth sensitivity and damage to the dental nerve.
8. In the UK, over-the-counter tooth whitening products, strips and tooth pastes can only legally contain 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of the teeth.
9. Tooth whitening can only lighten your existing tooth colour and won’t be able to get rid of deep stains. It also does not change the whiteness of fillings or restorations.
10. You have to be 18 or over to be able to have your teeth whitened.
Top three tooth whitening tips
- Don’t purchase teeth whitening products online. While the prices might make it tempting, It is difficult to guarantee the product ingredients, and this puts your safety at risk. It is much harder to police companies and products online, so you cannot be sure they are regulated and of the highest standards. The best way to know that tooth whitening products are safe is to check with your dentist first.
- Ask your dentist for tooth whitening. Dentists can treat you with 6% hydrogen peroxide (the bleaching agent that whitens teeth) – this is nearly 6,000 times stronger than any over-the-counter tooth whitening product. Because of this, tooth whitening by a dentist will give you the very best results.
- Don’t put yourself at risk. It is illegal for anyone other than a qualified dental professional such as a dentist. Any beauticians that claim to offer a tooth whitening service are breaking the law. By having your teeth whitened by a dentist you can rest assured that you are getting a good quality service and that they are operating within the strict guidelines of the law. When tooth whitening goes wrong, it can result in long-lasting or permanent damage – it is not worth saving a few pounds to put your health at risk.
At caspian Dental Clinic, we cater for any budget and provide tooth whitening in a safe environment, offering you the desired result.
If you wish to consider tooth whitening and would like to talk to us, call us on 01923 254979 .