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. 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. 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. They can 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. This can caue 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 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 discoloured 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.

3 Reasons why you deserve professional teeth whitening

There was a time when having shiny white teeth and a perfect smile were considered something that was only available to the rich and famous – and indeed, unless your smile was to be seen on the silver screen, magazine covers or billboard advertisements it was hard to justify your desire to have brighter, whiter teeth. A lot has changed since then however, and new technologies have led to reduced costs, making professional teeth whitening available to everybody.

The benefits of having your teeth whitened are far more than just cosmetic. The increased levels of self-esteem and confidence and the improved sense of well-being that come with having confidence in your smile benefit many areas of life. Read on for three reasons you deserve professional teeth whitening now.

1. Be yourself

Our teeth naturally lose their whiteness over time as a result of many factors such as diet and lifestyle. Even if the change is imperceptible to most, as individuals we tend to be much more conscious of our appearance and our perceived faults. Our teeth are a major player in how we judge ourselves. This is hardly a surprise when they are on display every time we speak, eat, smile and interact with others.

When we become self-conscious about our smiles, we tend to begin hiding our mouths when we speak, avoiding eating in public and even sometimes start to opt out of social gatherings altogether. We also tend to avoid expressing ourselves in any way that might overly expose our teeth. The end result of all these seemingly trivial changes in behaviour can be that our friends and colleagues subtly sense that we are not being ourselves – but may well be completely unaware why they even feel this. Nonetheless, it can, over time, begin to have a negative effect on our personal and professional relationships.

2. Have the confidence to succeed

There is no secret recipe to success, that much is known for certain. But what is also well documented is that confidence is a major factor. Our confidence can be boosted by a smile we are comfortable with. In fact, studies have shown that people who smile more are perceived to be more confident, and as a result are likely to do better in all areas of life, especially when it comes to professional areas such as job interviews and sales pitches. Getting your teeth professionally whitened should not be seen merely as a cosmetic decision. It can also be a major investment in your future success that is well worth the relatively low cost of the treatment.

3. Look and feel younger

Our teeth are subjected to a huge amount of wear and tear over the course of a lifetime. It’s no surprise that over the years they will begin to fade and lose some of their natural shine. For some, this gradual shift can also begin to affect the appearance of aging, causing them to look and feel older than they really are. Luckily, most staining of the teeth is completely reversible. With the help of a qualified dentist, a teeth whitening treatment can actually help you to roll back the years. Now that’s something to smile about!

In surgery or at home whitening – the choice is yours

At Perfect Profiles we know how much your lifestyle matters. That’s why we offer two types of teeth whitening designed to suit your needs. Our in-chair Philips Zoom! treatment is a 60-minute session consisting of 4 x 15-minute whitening sessions. As well as this, you will receive a scale and polish beforehand and a free consultation. With the Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed lamp, you can achieve your whitest smile in just one 60-minute visit to your dentist’s surgery. It’s backed by studies that have shown it is safe and effective for your teeth and gums. With its varying intensity settings, treatment can be customised to eliminate sensitivity to maximise your comfort.

We also offer home whitening kits with professional whitening trays made from impressions taken of your teeth in-practice. These suit people who would prefer to whiten their teeth in their own time at home. Our experts use the Boutique Whitening system, which is safe, effective and trusted by the very best dentists.

To learn more about teeth whitening with Perfect Profiles Dental Implant Centres or to book your consultation now, call us on Luton 01582 518 100, Wolverhampton 01902 500 823 or alternatively click here to enquire online and a member of the team will get right back to you.