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Is teeth whitening safe?

Teeth whitening procedures have become one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. Teeth whitening is cost-effective, minimally invasive and achieves complete transformation of a patient’s smile. 

At Stella Maris Dental in Birmingham, we offer professional teeth whitening treatment to help you get the smile of your dreams. Over time, through our diets and lifestyles, teeth will begin to become yellow and stained. To remove these stains and restore teeth to their former dazzling white appearance, you will need teeth whitening treatment. 

Something we get asked a lot from our patients is whether whitening your teeth is safe to do. In this article, we will discuss the safety of the procedure and how your teeth and gums are protected.

Avoid illegal teeth whitening

Teeth whitening should only be performed by a trained dental professional that has a GDC number. Unfortunately, there are many practitioners that are performing teeth whitening treatments that shouldn’t be. Make sure you are doing your research before undergoing any whitening procedures.

The chemicals used in illegal whitening are not regulated and have the potential to cause permanent and significant damage to your teeth, gums and mouth. 

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

If you have used over-the-counter whitening products such as toothpaste, mouthwash or strips, you have probably been disappointed in the results they gave you. This is because they contain a very small percentage of the acid needed to whiten your teeth. Dentists are able to provide a much stronger concentrate of this, which provide you with excellent and long-lasting results. 

Professional teeth whitening is completely safe. It is regulated, and only a dental professional can administer treatment. You will be fitted with custom made trays that protect your gums. Your dentist will carefully monitor the progress of your treatment and may pause it if they have any concerns at all about your oral health. 

Why choose Stella Maris Dental?

At Stella Maris Dental in Birmingham, we offer professional teeth whitening that you can carry out in the comfort of your own home. Our teeth whitening system is suitable for everyone’s lifestyle. Before we carry out teeth whitening treatment, we invite our patients to have an appointment with our treatment co-ordinator to find out more about what’s involved. 

If you decide to go ahead with professional teeth whitening, our dentists will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and soft tissues within your mouth. They will be able to assess your suitability for treatment. The majority of patients are suitable for teeth whitening, but if you have underlying issues, for example, tooth decay, you will need to address this first. 

Find out more about our at-home professional teeth whitening treatment here.

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