Teeth whitening: what you need to know

Before And After Teeth WhiteningDo you ever look at your favourite stars and celebrities and wonder “how did they get a smile so bright?” In fact, it’s no big secret – teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures among celebrities in the UK and USA, and as is so often the case that popularity quickly spreads to the average man or woman in the street.

If you’re looking at a picture of your favourite star and dreaming of bright white teeth just like theirs, there are a few important things to take into consideration before you start treatment. The single most important thing you MUST remember, even if you forget everything else, is that you need to consult a dentist for teeth whitening treatment.

As the demand for pearly white teeth grows, and more and more people want to post #nofilter pictures of their celeb-style smile on Instagram, it’s hardly surprising that a plethora of products have appeared claiming to lighten the colour of your teeth.

But buyer beware. The majority of these products haven’t been tested properly for safety. This can have a massively negative impact on your dental health.

Everything from apple cider vinegar to whitening toothpastes, home whitening kits to personal tooth buffers are touted as effective home tooth lightening products.

Remember! These need to be avoided, and you need a dentist.

Vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, can damage the tooth enamel – which can ultimately result in the darker dentine showing through on your teeth, as well as in sensitivity. Whitening toothpastes are unlikely to work, and while personal tooth buffers might remove surface stains they can also damage your enamel – you should instead consult a hygienist to professionally clean your teeth.

Home whitening kits, particularly those bought from the internet, can be the most dangerous of all. Many contain levels of hydrogen peroxide that are illegally and dangerously high, and can cause extensive damage to the teeth and gums.

At Garden View Dental Care in Buckinghamshire, our tooth whitening products have been extensively tested and deemed both safe and reliable. Whether you have treatment in the practice or at home, you will remain under your dentist’s care, so if you experience anything unusual such as sensitivity, they can help to safely combat it.