Do you know it’s illegal for beauticians, salons and other beauty outlets to provide teeth whitening treatments if there’s no dental professional present? Only a qualified dentist or hygienist can provide this treatment safely. So please stay safe and only accept teeth whitening treatment from a qualified and experienced professional.
Why whiten your teeth?
Over time your teeth will naturally discolour, especially if you have ever smoked or you drink a lot of red wine or coffee. Whitening your teeth will remove stains and restore their natural brightness to help you look and feel your best.
How does tooth whitening work?
Tooth whitening only treats the surface of your teeth so does not harm them in any way.
Your dentist will create custom mouthpieces that fit your teeth perfectly. They will then give you a whitening gel that you put into your mouthpieces. You wear the mouthpieces for several hours a day until your teeth reach the shade you are happy with. This should take between one and two weeks.
What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening is extremely safe, especially when it is carried out by a dental health professional. However, some people do find that their teeth become sensitive during and after the treatment. You can easily resolve this by using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
Some people experience sore gums or white patches on the gumline after the treatment, although these symptoms should subside within a few days.
How to maintain whiter teeth
The effects of a teeth whitening treatment can last for several years. To help maintain this whiteness for as long as possible you should:
- Not use mouthwash or coloured toothpaste within the first 24 hours after treatment
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on dark-coloured food and drink, such as red wine and coffee
- Avoid smoking, especially within the first week after treatment