Teeth Whitening – Visit a professional or take a huge risk?
At JM Dental we are seeing more and more patients who are interested in teeth whitening. Patients enquire about the treatment for various reasons, just like we all have an opinion on the colour of our hair or skin we each have an opinion on the ‘whiteness’ of our teeth.
Whatever your reason for considering teeth whitening, the main thing to consider is ‘who should do it for me?’
There are few people blessed with perfectly white teeth, some may have issues due to smoking, too much coffee, red wine or blackcurrent. As well as becoming discoloured through getting older. Whatever your reason for considering teeth whitening, the main thing to consider is ‘who should do it for me?’.
Why visit a dentist for teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is a form of professional dentistry and should be performed by a dentist or qualified dental hygienist. Whilst some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, unless there is a dental professional present, this is illegal. You can also consider a home whitening kit, but these too carry there own risks.
What happens at the teeth whitening treatment?
If you are having teeth whitening at a dentist this will take several visits and take place over the course of a few months. On the first visit the dentist will take an impression of your mouth and make a mouthguard, as well as instruct you on how to use the bleaching gel. Then, using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks.
Another type of whitening system that a dentist can provide is called laser whitening, which is also known as ‘power whitening’. This is where a bleaching product is painted onto your teeth and then a light or laser is shone on them to activate the whitening. Laser whitening takes about an hour.
Is teeth whitening permanent?
No, it is not permanent. It can last from 3 months to a few years, this varies from person to person and also depends on your lifestyle. A person who smokes and drinks coffee is much more likely to see the staining re-occur quicker than someone who eats healthy.
Will teeth whitening work on dental restorations (false teeth)?
Teeth whitening is not effective on false teeth. It will not work on dentures, crowns, fillings or veneers.
What are the risks of home kits and beauty salon treatments?
Some home kits don’t contain enough of the whitening product to be effective. More generally, if a dental professional is not 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.
Where teeth whitening is carried out in beauty salons by staff without any training or dental qualifications it not only carries a risk to your oral health, but is also illegal.
To learn more about teeth whitening from JM Dental call 01752 222625 or get in touch via our contact form. Each patient at JM Dental, Plymouth, is given individual treatment that caters for their needs and requirements. Love you smile!