Professional Tooth Whitening in the UK in the 21st Century

Tooth Whitening

There have been several changes in the UK over recent times in relation to tooth whitening. This topic is also a source of confusion for many dentists on what is and what isn’t acceptable. Here I will direct you through some of the commonly asked questions I get so that you can make informed decisions if are considering getting tooth whitening. You’ll know the details along with the risks and benefits to help you decide if it is right for you.

Tooth Whitening The History of the Technique and its Safety

Modern-day professional tooth whitening is normally done with Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide. The effectiveness of these agents was discovered accidentally. Dentists used Carbamide Peroxide to aid with gum healing after surgery and they discovered that teeth were becoming more white. Other agents have also been employed, however Carbamide Peroxide and Hydrogen Peroxide provide the most long-lasting results , and, more importantly, are safe to the teeth. Visit:-

Does tooth whitening really work? It could be however it’s not always.

It is suggested to use a qualified dentist or dental professional carries out teeth whitening. It is recommended that a dentist or dental professional be trained. General Dental Council agree and they have seized unlicensed tooth whiteners under the legal system.

In the beginning, a diagnosis as well as a treatment plan should be established. Also, they must comprehend the advantages and disadvantages of the treatment plan being suggested. Only someone with a thorough understanding about the anatomy and physiology of teeth and the soft tissues etc. can arrive at this conclusion.

The selection of the right tooth whitening product is crucial. It should be safe, effective and yield good results. Hydrogen Peroxide and Carbamide Peroxide have the best performance record (in both effectiveness and safety), however If the concentration is low , it will not be effective. The only people who are able to prescribe it at dosages that are effective are dentists.


Some of the techniques used by non-dentists provide instant, dramatic results. Chlorine Dioxide for example can make teeth whiter however it is extremely acidic and strips the enamel of the teeth. It’s not reversible. It causes damage to the tooth’s surface such that they pick up staining quickly and it is difficult to correct. They are left rough and often permanently sensitive.

I have known a few dentists who have asked at dental whitening booths at shopping centers what they are using but have not received an answer. Many have been even escorted away by security! It is a huge concern for us as dental professionals that people allow unknown chemicals on their teeth to be applied by dental professionals who are not.

Teeth-whitening myths and facts

There are many different causes for discolouration. have the same cause Therefore, they have to be addressed in different ways. One size is not the best for all!

People judge us on the basis of our appearance. We are all aware that a significant aspect of the first impression we leave is our smile and how our teeth look.

* Yellow teeth aren’t stronger than white ones.

* We don’t want make everyone’s teeth appear like white tombstones. We’d like to assist people get natural looking smiles that will boost their confidence.

*Whitening toothpastes can’t typically whiten teeth efficiently; however, they do are able to reduce staining and reduce the amount of stain that accumulates.

Many of the darker teeth can be improved by the removal of stain.

Many over-the-counter bleaching kits aren’t effective, and certain (especially ones that do not originate directly from UK) are harmful.

* ‘In Surgery’ whitening procedures leave teeth dehydrated, which means they look a lot brighter than they really are. The ‘wow factor’ quickly wears off.

If your teeth turn too white from ‘In-Surgery’ systems there’s nothing that could be changed to stop this quickly.

* The bright blue lights used as part of these systems have minimal or no evidence of benefits. The benefit is predominately by warming the gel , and making it faster. There’s plenty of hype and marketing associated with them!

* Systems that are ‘At Home’ tend to give longer-lasting resultsand more flexible alternatives for topping-ups for later times.

Non-dental professionals who offer teeth whitening typically make use of unidentified chemical substances the effects of which are not well-known.

* Many non-dental professionals who offer tooth whitening do not comply with the law.

Why do teeth get dark

There are five main causes of teeth darkening/discolouration.

* Staining: The staining happens generally on the surface the teeth, or in small imperfections within the tooth surface. These rough areas can also contain tartar or calculus deposits which build up over time.

Numerous drinks and food items cause staining. The most common causes are red wine, curry (especially those with turmeric), tea and coffee. There are lots of other foods that cause darkening and staining of teeth.

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