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White pearly teeth have become a symbol of beauty, happiness, health and hygiene and everyone from celebrities and social media influencers to your friends a family are likely to have had their teeth whitened.
While celebrities can afford expensive treatments and reality stars are being paid a fortune to promote the latest charcoal toothpaste it can leave the rest of us wondering what is the safest and most effective solution to getting your teeth whitened.
In this article we take a look at who can legally carry out teeth whitening, the risk of home kits and salons teeth whitening and the importance of seeking a professional when it comes to your oral hygiene.
Teeth whitening is the process of using hydrogen peroxide to whiten your smile. It’s perfectly safe when done correctly by a professional and for many people is a real confidence booster.
Teeth can naturally become stained and discoloured over time mostly due to age. However, your diet can speed up discolouration. Smoking, red wine and coffee are the worst culprits for staining, as the dark colouring can stick to your teeth.
Teeth whitening is a dental treatment and should only be carried out by a dentist. A full assessment of the teeth should take place before the teeth are whitened by a registered dentist on their prescription.
In accordance with EU law, over the counter teeth whitening kits in the UK can only contain up to 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. The legal limit for a dentist to use is 6% hydrogen peroxide, therefore most over the counter kits aren’t strong enough to actually whiten your teeth.
Online teeth whitening kits used at home and in salons are often not medically tested or safe for use. According to the Telegraph, DIY kits sold online were found last year to contain up to 300 times the legal limit of hydrogen peroxide, which was dubbed the equivalent of brushing your teeth with bleach.
There are many risks involved with using online and salon teeth whitening, such as the mouthguard provided not fitting properly, so some of the gel may leak out onto your gums and mouth causing blistering and sensitivity. This can have a long-lasting negative effect on your oral hygiene, including enamel and nerve damage. In fact, 5 Live Investigates was recently able to buy a teeth-whitening kit from an online retailer in the UK which contained sodium perborate. This chemical is banned for use in cosmetic products by the EU which says it can cause infertility and foetal abnormalities.
Yes, in fact, there have been several cases of illegal teeth whitening in Yorkshire that have led to court cases. In 2017 a woman was fined for illegal teeth whitening at a beauty salon in Rotherham and in 2018 a beautician was fined £6500 for offering illegal teeth whitening to customers in Chesterfield.
Choosing to use an authorised dentist to whiten your teeth ensures the safe administration of the whitening solution, without causing harm to your teeth or gums.
By choosing Green Square Dental to whiten your teeth, you’ll receive 5-star service. Upon arrival for your consultation with one of our dentists, you’ll receive a full examination of your teeth to make sure it’s safe and suitable for you to go ahead with the whitening treatment.
If you’re happy to go ahead, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which will be turned into personalised mouthguard trays, ensuring an exact fit. Your dentist will demonstrate the whitening procedure when handing the kit over and provide you with all of the information needed to get the best results.
The cost of tooth whitening at Green Square Dental starts from £199.
For patients situated in Rotherham, Sheffield and surrounding areas give us a call on 01709 917 666 and we’ll treat you to a simple smile boost or a complete mouth makeover.
Remember – for the safest, most effective results, you should only see a dental professional for tooth whitening treatment.