Recently there has been an increase in online/over the counter Teeth Whitening treatments. In response to this, the British Dental Association have issued a reminder that Teeth Whitening is the practice of dentistry and should only be done by regulated dental professionals. Anyone who practises dentistry illegally risks being prosecuted by the General Dental Council in the criminal courts. Dental hygienists and therapists can carry out teeth whitening on the prescription of a dentist if they have the necessary additional skills.
To support this, the British Dental Association have published a download, 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth Whitening, and we think it is a really great guide >> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD. This is what they advise:
Whitening is safe
If carried out by a trained dental professional, whitening is perfectly safe. Based on their knowledge of your oral health your dentist will discuss with you the options available, decide if tooth whitening is appropriate for you and develop an overall treatment plan that gives the desired result.
Only trained dental professionals can whiten teeth
It is illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) won’t have the right training and knowledge, could permanently damage your teeth and gums and can’t help you when something goes wrong.
The preferred option
Whitening won’t remove the surface of your teeth or change their shape. It’s often a better option than alternatives, such as veneers, because it doesn’t involve permanently altering the tooth’s structure and is easy to look after.
Selecting the right product for you
Your dentist is trained to know what whitening products will be safe for your teeth and gums. Products provided by non-dentists often do not have enough safety data and evidence to support their use; this can result in burned gums and/or blistered lips or even more serious consequences. Using products that are not appropriate for you will produce poor results.
How it works
A carefully-controlled concentration of bleach is applied to your teeth using specially-made trays that fit in your mouth. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of
whitening you want and give you an idea of how many treatments you may need to achieve the shade you’re after.
What to expect
You may experience some sensitivity for a short time during your treatment but this is normal and will soon fade away after completion.
Over the counter kids may not be safe
The products you can buy online or from high street shops often fail to declare the precise chemicals used so it’s very difficult to assess their safety. Because of this they should not be considered safe. These products won’t produce the same good results you can expect by visiting your dentist.
J&B Dental Group have clinics in Darlington, Thornaby (Stockton) and Easington (Durham). Teeth whitening is available at all three sites. Please get in touch if you have any queries, or to arrange a consultation.