10 Things You Should Know Before Having Tooth Whitening

1) Always consult a dentist before making any teeth whitening decisions.

2) Tooth whitening provided outside a dental setting is not insured or regulated. Any peroxide products over 6% are banned in the EU as they can cause sensitivity and chemical burns to the gums and soft tissue. Applied professionally the process is safe and comfortable.

3) Tooth Whitening kits bought online are risky as they can contain illegal chemicals and some can strip away enamel which can leave your teeth permanently damaged.

4) Brushing teeth twice a day , avoid snacking and seeing a hygienist every 3 months can keep your teeth white. Whitening tooth pastes are not always effective and can be abrasive.

5) If you drink a lot of coffee and red wine, there are toothpastes that boast enzymes that keep stains from sticking to your teeth. Advice is needed on an individual basis to identify the best toothpaste to use.

6) There are a number of tooth whitening systems which include home whitening, same day tooth whitening or a combination of in-surgery and home. All methods have the potential to improve the colour of your smile. They also require top ups to maintain the colour. At least once every six months to keep your teeth shiny white.

7) Treatment times can vary depending on the system. Home whitening systems use custom made trays that you fill with gel and wear from 30 minutes a day or overnight. Treatment time is usually 2 weeks. Power whitening or laser such as the Phillips Zoom provide same day whitening. The light speeds up the reaction of the whitening product and takes an hour. This achieves the same result as wearing 14 days of trays. Other systems such as Enlighten can take up to 2 weeks.

8) Some people might experience some tooth sensitivity to cold during or after treatment. Others may have discomfort in the gums. These symptoms are usually temporary and should disappear within days of the treatment finishing.

9) Tooth Whitening does not work on false teeth such as crowns, dentures or veneers. Tooth whitening only works on natural teeth. The active ingredient in the product is usually hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. As the active ingredient is broken down, oxygen gets into the enamel on the teeth and the tooth colour is made lighter.

10) Tooth Whitening is one of the least invasive forms of cosmetic dental treatment.

For more information or advice please call The Mayhill Dental Centre on 01600 712020 or email info@themayhill.co.uk