Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure in the UK. More and more people are paying for brighter, whiter teeth.
However, some of the ways to whiten your teeth aren’t as good as others.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the ways you can get your teeth whitened.
Let’s start with the best way to get your teeth whitened: at a dental clinic. It’s by far the safest way and also the most effective.
And we’re not just saying this because we’re dentists – the NHS also says that dental clinics are the best and safest place to get your teeth whitened.
This is because teeth whitening is a type of dentistry and it should only be carried out by a regulated dental professional (such as a dentist, dental hygienist or dental therapist). It carries risks if not done properly, which is why it’s only safe in the hands of a professional.
You can find whitening toothpaste in pretty much every supermarket. These kinds of toothpaste promise they’ll make your teeth whiter.
But whitening toothpaste is a bad idea. This is for two reasons:
They’re not as effective as they claim to be. They won’t make your teeth all that much whiter.
They contain abrasive materials that actually damage your enamel. This can make your teeth sensitive and even make you more prone to cavities
Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening services, often at a lower price than dentists.
However, it is actually illegal for beauty salons to offer teeth whitening if there’s no dental professional present. Beauty salons are not dental clinics and they aren’t licensed to offer teeth whitening services.
What’s more, getting your teeth whitened at a beauty salon can be dangerous. The staff won’t be trained to whiten teeth and they might use products that are harmful to your teeth and gums.
Another option is DIY home-whitening kits. These kits promise to give you perfect white teeth, at home, often at a fraction of the price of a dentist.
However, whitening your teeth yourself is very risky. It can damage your teeth and gums.
For example, some home kits don’t contain enough whitening product to be effective. Also, if a dental professional isn’t doing the whitening, the mouthguard provided may not fit properly so some of the bleaching gel may leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering and sensitivity.
Teeth whitening is not something you should be doing yourself at home.
There are lots of ways to get your teeth whitened, but the best by far is at a dental clinic. It’s the safest and most effective way.
So don’t be tempted to try to save money by using a DIY kit or a beauty salon. These methods could damage your teeth and gums and the repairs could be more costly than the treatment.