The party season is upon us and many of us want to be sure we look our best – at the festive events themselves and also in all the photos and selfies too. Many people are seeking that sought-after ‘Hollywood’ smile and want to find a teeth whitening treatment to achieve it.
Illegal teeth whitening
It is against the law, as well as being really dangerous, for teeth whitening to be carried out by anyone except a dentist. Last month it was reported that over 80 people have been prosecuted for illegal teeth whitening in the last three years. Despite these prosecutions, some beauticians may still be offering cut price deals for tooth whitening in the run up to Christmas. There are some really dreadful horror stories about the harm that some of these treatments have done. The chemicals used to whiten teeth in this way can permanently damage the teeth and gums. So it’s really important that the person providing the treatment is fully dentally qualified and registered with the General Dental Council.
It’s very rare for someone to have naturally very white teeth. Teeth discolour as we age. Tooth whitening can be a very effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth. This is done without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a complete colour change. It may lighten the existing shade. Professional bleaching is the most usual method of tooth whitening but is not suitable for everyone.
Ask your dentist
Your dentist will let you know if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. He or she will use products that have been tested thoroughly for years which will not damage your teeth and gums. Importantly your dentist will also carry out the treatment in a regulated, clinical environment.
How long does teeth whitening last?
The length of time the treatment lasts varies from person to person. Avoiding smoking and drinking things like tea and coffee that stain your teeth will make the effect last longer.
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