Tooth whitening remains hugely popular in the UK and has seen the number of treatments steadily rise over the last decade. Ensuring that tooth whitening must be carried out by a dental professional has eased the concerns from consumers worried about the safety and quality of service they are receiving.
Ten Facts about Tooth Whitening
- A third of all cosmetic dental treatments carried out involves tooth whitening.
- Few people have brilliantly white teeth, and your teeth naturally become discoloured as you get older.
- ‘Hydrogen Peroxide’ or ‘Carbamide Peroxide’ are the active ingredients which are used in tooth whitening.
- Most tooth whitening products bought over the counter do not contain enough peroxide to be effective and are unlikely to change the colour of your teeth.
- Tooth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on dentures, crowns or veneers.
- Most tooth whitening treatments normally take two to three weeks.
- Tooth whitening can last up to three years.
- Known short term side effects of tooth whitening can include increased tooth sensitivity, sore throats and white patches on the gum line.
- Whitening toothpastes do not affect the colour of your teeth, but may be more effective at removing staining to restore the tooths natural colour.
- Tooth whitening is only rarely available on the NHS.
Further information is available from https://www.dentalhealth.org/