A great-looking smile can go a long way, creating a good first impression and giving you confidence within yourself. If you’re looking into having your teeth whitened, it’s paramount that you approach a medical professional, like a dentist or doctor. Below, we explain why.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around and with 40% of Brits admitting to being unhappy with their smile, it’s no surprise the treatment is an attractive prospect.
Professional teeth whitening is bespoke
One of the key things that render teeth whitening safe, is the fact that those performing it legally and medically, create bespoke-fitting whitening trays. The whitening trays are used to apply the whitening agent, that’s what is responsible for whitening teeth.
When teeth whitening treatment is offered with one-size-fits-all whitening trays, it can be extremely dangerous. Because the whitening agent (containing peroxide) can leak over onto your gums and cause you a lot of pain and long-term damage. Because non-medical professionals don’t have the ability to take accurate molds of your teeth for the trays to be made, they can’t offer custom-fitting trays. Teeth whitening should be performed with your unique tooth structure and needs in mind.
The benefits of professional teeth whitening
Professional whitening is the most thorough way of getting great-looking results and you know you’re in safe hands. Before starting the treatment, professionalists will scale and polish teeth to remove deep staining. You’re effectively getting a clean slate on which to build the foundations of a healthy-looking and aesthetic smile.
Illegal teeth whitening horror stories
There have been fears over illegal, non-medically carried out teeth whitening for a number of years. A recent article from The Independent has found that illegal whitening can cause tooth loss and blisters.
The British Dental Association has warned against “sham” schools that take advantage of beauticians, offering teeth-whitening training when they are not qualified to perform it after they finish the course. You can read the full article here.
This has been a problem for some time. It’s clear that everyone should be more aware of professionalists that are being able to whiten their teeth.
The BBC interviewed a lady who had been performing treatment without knowing it was illegal.
In conclusion, don’t cut corners when it comes to your dental health, as it could leave you with irreparable damage, low confidence and a huge bill for treatment to repair the damage caused by the illegal procedure.