Do you want to know more about teeth whitening?
January 5, 2023
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Pearly white smiles have long been a sign of health, youth, and confidence.
It is no surprise that we see perfect white teeth in advertising or that they’re favoured by celebrities across the world. This exposure to perfect teeth encourages people to access teeth whitening treatments in London for themselves.
Nearly 25% of people surveyed by the Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors have undergone teeth whitening treatments, either using at-home kits or in dental surgeries, and thousands of people across the nation are expected to receive whitening treatments moving forward.
But are there risks associated with teeth whitening, and how do professionals do it while ensuring the teeth remain strong and safe?
Read on to explore our guide to teeth whitening in London.
How does teeth whitening work?
Tooth whitening removes surface staining and discolouration on teeth.
Severely stained or discoloured teeth may need more intensive or repeated procedures to achieve the whiteness aspired to by patients.
To achieve this whiteness and shine, dental professionals use bleach to bring back or create a brighter, whiter colour. This bleach can be applied in the form of a gel, and UV lighting is then used to break down stains and brighten the surface of the teeth.
Treatment usually takes around an hour and can be performed at the practice, or at home, depending on the level of pre-existing staining and the finish you hope for.
Are there dangers associated with teeth whitening in London?
The main dangers with teeth whitening come from incorrect use or using chemicals that are too strong in at-home kits.
Dental professionals will use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten teeth, which can only be supplied in strengths of 0.1%- 6% by a regulated dental professional, as recommended by the British Dental Association, (BDA).
Purchasing ‘black-market’ at-home kits with high levels of either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide could result in both short-term and long-term damage and injury.
At-home kits could cause chemical burns in the mouth, including the tongue and gums, which could later go on to cause mouth infections. Similarly, kits could damage the tooth enamel irreparably, which can lead to weaker teeth.
To avoid damage from teeth whitening, you should:
- Use over-the-counter at-home kits that have been purchased from a reputable retailer.
These kits are safe if you follow the usage instructions and if you ensure that they contain less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
These should be fine for surface stains or light discolouration, but will not have the strength to whiten extensive staining or discolouration.
- Use at-home kits that have been purchased from us at The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry.
Our kits, including the Opalescence Go teeth whitening trays, can contain higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide and are better for tougher stains and discolouration.
These kits are perfectly safe and will be supplied following a consultation with one of our dental professionals, who can advise you on how to use them for maximum effect.
- Come into the clinic for your treatment and relax in our tranquil surroundings.
Having treatment in our relaxing clinic means we can use a range of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide strengths and utilise new techniques.
These techniques can take as little as an hour, yet they can make teeth eight shades whiter!
This includes the latest in teeth whitening in London, the Nu Radiance Duet, which provides excellent results against staining and discolouration. It’s even been chosen by celebrities such as Amanda Holden, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Spencer Matthews, Olly Murs, Una Healey, Aled Jones, and Nicola Roberts to name but a few.
Contact the experts in teeth whitening in London
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