As you will probably be aware, more and more people nowadays are choosing to have their teeth whitened, but does it work and is it safe?

The answer to that is yes it certainly does work and the results can be extremely effective but because teeth whitening is a form of dentistry, it should only be performed by a dentist or a regulated dental professional.

Teeth become stained by the food and drinks that we consume, smoking further stains teeth and the natural bright white shade yellows during the ageing process. The process of tooth whitening can lighten your teeth without removing any of the tooth surfaces.

What is teeth whitening?
The process of teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter, whilst it can’t make your teeth brilliant white, it can lighten the existing colour of your teeth by several shades.

Who can carry out teeth whitening?
As we said above, teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be performed by a dentist or another regulated dental professional such as a dental hygienist on the prescription of a dentist.

Many beauty salons offer teeth whitening but this is illegal if there is not a dental professional present, as well as that it may put your oral health at risk if it is carried out by staff without any training or dental qualifications. It is also possible to buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these can also carry risks and is something that we as dental professionals would never recommend that you use, some home kits don’t even contain enough of the whitening product to even be effective.

If a dental professional is not carrying out the whitening, then there is a risk that the mouthguard provided may not fit properly and that some of the bleaching gel may leak out onto your gums and into your mouth, causing blistering and sensitivity.

What happens during teeth whitening at North Bridge
Teeth whitening is a very successful and simple method of lightening the colour of your teeth. The degree of whitening achieved will vary from patient to patient and with the type of process chosen. Tooth bleaching will not have an effect on white fillings, crowns or bridgework.

The most common method of tooth whitening is bleaching, where a tray is made to fit around your teeth and the whitening product is left to work. Our dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make your mouthguard and instruct you how to use it with a bleaching gel. Then, using your mouthguard at home, you regularly apply the gel for a specified period of time over two to four weeks.

As you will see there are different tooth whitening options available to you, please speak to your dentist about what is the best system for you. We are absolutely sure that you will be delighted with the results of our professional treatment and that you will love your brighter, whiter teeth.