Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure in the world, and that’s not difficult to understand. Our favourite TV stars and Hollywood actors often dazzle us with their impossibly bright white smiles, so it’s only natural that this trend is now popular among the general public.
The key thing to remember if you are looking for teeth whitening treatment is to remember that it is classed as dentistry by dentists’ governing body the General Dental Council. This means that by law only a dentist can prescribe it. A hygienist or hygiene therapist may carry out the procedure on a dentist’s instruction, but a full oral health check is required first.
The Dental Surgery Burnham has carried out scores of successful teeth whitening procedures, using the world-renowned Enlighten tooth whitening system, which guarantees a B1 shade of brightness – the lightest shade available in the UK.
Why Do I Need a Dental Check-Up Before Teeth Whitening?
Any cosmetic dental procedure should only be carried out in a healthy mouth, as any dentist worth their salt will tell you. This is because issues such as gum disease or dental decay can cause complications including extreme sensitivity during treatment.
It is also important to establish what lies behind your tooth staining, because it has numerous causes. Visible dental plaque is the biggest single cause, and this is worrying because plaque poses a serious risk to your oral and general health.
Permanent stains also won’t be helped by tooth whitening treatment, in which case a cosmetic dentist may offer another solution such as porcelain veneers or composite bonding.
My Beauty Salon Offers Teeth Whitening at Half the Price
If this is the case, then you should report your beauty salon to the GDC. Remember, anyone other than a qualified dentist offering teeth whitening treatment is doing so illegally. They can cause serious damage to your teeth by using inferior products that are far too concentrated, or by carrying out the procedure unsafely.
Professional Teeth Whitening
Professional teeth whitening involves the use of carefully regulated whitening gel, which has been proven gentle, effective, and safe in suitably qualified hands. Whitening can be carried out at home, in the dentist’s chair, or as a combination of both methods.