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What’s the best way to whiten my teeth?

Do you wish you could have a whiter smile? You’re not alone – according to research, a growing number of UK adults are dissatisfied with the appearance of their teeth. With teeth whitening treatments now more affordable than ever before, many are choosing to have professional teeth whitening and enjoying excellent results. Worryingly, however, there has also been a sharp increase in the number of people opting for illegal teeth whitening, putting their teeth and health at risk. So what is the best way to whiten your teeth? Read on to learn more.

Illegal teeth whitening – a growing problem

Following a new BBC report into the rise of illegal teeth whitening procedures, Britain’s leading dental health charity, the Oral Health Foundation is advising people to avoid having dental treatment outside of the dental surgery, Official figures show the number of illegal teeth whitening procedures in the UK have risen by 26% in the last year alone.

Because the treatment is often offered in beauty salons and kiosks across the UK, many people are under the illusion that everything is safe and above-board – but this is not the case. By law, teeth whitening can only be carried out by a trained dental professional, such as a dentist or hygienist.

According to Dentist Dr Ben Atkins, President of the Oral Health Foundation, the potential consequences of having dental treatment by those unqualified to do so are “severe” and could have “lasting consequences” for a person’s health.

What are the dangers of illegal teeth whitening?

“While cosmetic treatments like tooth whitening and orthodontics may seem like relatively easy procedures, they are quite the opposite.  These are medical procedures and should only ever be carried out by a dental professional,” says Dr Atkins.

“The potential repercussions of having these treatments by a non-trained dental professional can be extremely dangerous.  There could be a greater risk of infection and cross-contamination, as well as permanent damage to the teeth gums, mouth and even the jaw. 

“These are the kind of consequences that can last a lifetime, cause unnecessary pain and suffering, and are highly expensive to correct.

“Never gamble with your health. Always see a trained and qualified professional for dental treatment of any kind.”

What are the benefits of professional teeth whitening?

There are many reasons why you should always choose to have your teeth whitened professionally by a fully qualified and registered dentist. Firstly, dentists undergo a considerable amount of training to ensure that they are always able to look after your oral health. This includes knowing how to assess individual patients and ensure that the desired treatment is suitable for them. 

Comprehensive Examination

Before beginning any course of teeth whitening, a dentist will always conduct a thorough examination to ensure that teeth whitening isn’t likely to cause any damage or discomfort to your teeth or gums.

Clear Expectations

No two patients are ever the same, and because of this, not everybody can expect the same results from teeth whitening. Luckily, a good dentist will always discuss your expectations and give you honest advice on what is achievable, so that you know exactly what you can expect.

Gentle and safe products

Dentists use gentle and safe teeth whitening products that are approved by healthcare regulators and prepared under strict hygiene conditions. As a result, you can be sure that your treatment is completely safe and as comfortable as possible. Your dentist will also ensure that everything they use is handled in a sterile manner to protect your health.

Custom-made trays and gel

For maximum comfort & safety to your teeth and gum health, your dentist will provide you with custom-made dental trays and whitening gel for your home kit. 

Follow up appointments

Your dentist will also ensure that you have follow-up appointments to make sure your treatment is progressing effectively and safely. It is extremely rare for any problems to arise, but a fully trained dentist is able to recognise early on if something is not how it should be, meaning that your dental health is always in safe hands.

How to choose the right dentist for teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular way to get a more youthful, attractive smile. Our safe teeth whitening system uses gentle products to remove stains and correct discolouration.

At Stella Maris Dental, our experts will carefully assess your teeth to make sure whitening won’t damage them. By choosing whitening under dentist supervision, you’ll be protecting your teeth and getting great results from one of the most trusted dental clinics in the West Midlands. An award-winning practice, we are proud to have been helping patients to enjoy confident smiles for over 35 years and have a reputation for excellent dental care.

To find out more about teeth whitening in West Bromwich, call today on 0121 588 4541.

 

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