What You Need To Know About Teeth Whitening

In recent years, teeth whitening has become increasingly popular with more and more people aiming to get the perfect pearly-white smile. However, as demand increases its important that people learn the facts about teeth whitening before going ahead with treatment. Whilst there are many off the shelf treatments available, it’s always advisable to visit a trained dentist as shop bought kits are not only less effective, but can be potentially dangerous.

Illegal teeth whitening is on the rise

As an increasing number of people are inspired by celebrities to get whiter teeth, they have turned to cheap off the shelf kits or found beauticians offering teeth whitening services. However, this is illegal as only dental professionals can carry out whitening treatment. One of the main issues with illegal kits is that the trays they use are not adapted to the individual and contain a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide, so the whitening gel is much more likely to seep out onto the gums, causing blisters and in some cases, permanent damage.

Different whitening treatments take different times

Phillips Zoom WhiteSpeed whitening is clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades in just one hour long session, however, many teeth whitening treatments take around 3 or 4 weeks for you to experience the full results. If you are hoping to get whiter teeth overnight (or in an hour), it’s important to look into the whitening treatments offered by your dentist.

Whitening is safe… when carried out by professionals

Dental professionals provide completely bespoke whitening treatments, using trays that are designed to fit the individual patient’s teeth. By using the latest technology to capture images and measurements of your teeth, dentists can manufacturer trays to ensure even coverage of whitening gel and most importantly, that gel will not leak out.

Dentists can provide at-home teeth whitening

Like in surgery whitening, at-home teeth whitening uses bespoke kits for each patient to ensure safety and the best possible results. Trays and whitening gel are worn for either 30 minutes twice a day, or overnight, depending on the individual. The results of at-home treatments are usually seen after around 2 weeks.

Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent fix

Whilst teeth whitening can correct discoloured teeth, stained by different foods or drinks, or by other habits, the fix isn’t permanent. To maintain white teeth, it’s down to you to continue to clean your teeth at least twice a day, whilst watching your diet for foods and drinks that can stain the teeth. If you are a smoker, this will speed up the discolouring of your teeth, so to maintain white teeth, it is suggested that you quit smoking.

If you feel that you could benefit from teeth whitening, you should always contact a dentist. Call Smile Spa today to arrange a consultation by telephoning 01564 772184 for our Solihull dental practice or 0121 3784875 for our Sutton Coldfield dental clinic.