How to get whiter teeth safely

Did you know that one of the first things most people will notice when they see you for the first time is your smile? According to statistics, a happy healthy smile will not just make you feel better in general but can also help you to enjoy more success in both your personal and professional life. And with so much pressure to show your face on social media, it is hard to avoid being in the spotlight without people noticing. If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth and have been thinking about getting your teeth whitened, you are not alone – teeth whitening is now one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. Read on to learn how to get whiter teeth safely.

Can I whiten my teeth myself?

If you look in any supermarket or pharmacy, you will find a huge selection of teeth whitening products available to buy freely. Although products bought from well known high street retailers are generally safe to use, many people find themselves disappointed with the lack of any visible results. This is because they do not contain enough of the active substances that are required to have an effect.

Stronger preparations can be found online and sometimes through outlets such as beauty salons. However, these products are being sold illegally and can be dangerous for your oral health. Illegal teeth whitening services or products put your oral health at risk and often prove to be a waste of money.

If the concentration is too strong, it can potentially cause irreparable harm to teeth and gums. A poorly fitted tray may also allow some of the bleaching gel to leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering, sensitivity and pain.

How does teeth whitening work?

Over time, our teeth naturally become discoloured. This is due to a combination of factors including the food and drink we consume on a daily basis, habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol, general oral hygiene and age – an unavoidable factor which naturally causes our teeth to lose their whiteness.

The enamel that protects our teeth is the hardest natural substance in our body, however, it is also porous. This means that over time, staining affects not just the surface of the teeth but also affects the colour from within. Over the counter products may have a small effect on superficial surface staining, but are not able to penetrate the enamel and tackle this deeper staining.

Professional products available through a dentist contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which at the right concentration is able to achieve truly effective results. These substances work by penetrating through the surface of the teeth and reacting with the discolored molecules that lie beneath the surface, breaking the bonds that hold them together.

How safe is professional teeth whitening?

Provided it is carried out under the supervision of an experienced dentist, teeth whitening is completely safe.

Although it is now one of the most common cosmetic procedures, teeth whitening is nonetheless considered to be a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist. It is illegal for anybody who is not a registered dentist to offer teeth whitening services due to the risks to your oral health as we’ve already discussed.

A properly trained dentist will always conduct a thorough examination before commencing any treatment to ensure that you are suitable. They will then prepare a tray that is specially made for you, to ensure that your gums are fully protected and ensure that your teeth are evenly covered by the whitening preparation. Your dentist will also be able to ensure that the correct concentration of the active ingredient is used to ensure there is no risk to your oral health.

Many dentists offer a choice of in surgery whitening or a take home kit. In both cases, you can be sure that your dentist will only use approved, sterile substances and equipment that conform to the strict healthcare regulations that are in place to protect patients.

Here at Perfect Profiles we offer a full range of safe and effective teeth whitening treatments that guarantee exceptional results. To find out more or to book a consultation, call today on Luton 01582 518100 or Wolverhampton 01902 500823.