What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental treatment that involves bleaching the teeth in order to make them whiter, often by several shades.

Teeth whitening can either be carried out by a professional, or you can do it yourself with a DIY teeth whitening kit, although the use of these kits may carry risks. If you choose to go down the professional route, the treatment can only be carried out by a GDC (General Dental Council) registered dental professional, and it is illegal for anyone else to provide teeth whitening services.

According to the NHS, there are two main methods of professional teeth whitening. The first of these can be done at home, and involves using a fitted mouthguard with bleaching gel, as instructed by your dentist. The length of time that this treatment takes will depend on the type of bleaching gel being used. The second method of teeth whitening is known as laser or power whitening. This method is carried out in the dental surgery, and involves putting a bleaching product on your teeth, which is then activated by the laser. This method is much quicker, usually taking about an hour.

Before going ahead with any teeth whitening treatments, you should consult your dentist first, as the treatment is not suitable for everyone. There may be emerging dental health issues which need to be addressed before you proceed with whitening. It’s also worth noting that whitening products are only effective in changing the shade of your natural teeth.

SOURCES

● Bupa

● NHS

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