The do’s and don’ts of teeth whitening

Many people who want their teeth to look better invest in tooth whitening treatments. These can be beneficial if carried out correctly, but there are also some factors you should consider before going ahead with a treatment.

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Teeth whitening is safe

It’s important to have a fully trained dental professional carry out the treatment, as they understand your oral health and are best placed to decide if this is right for you. If the person is not a trained dental specialist then it is illegal for them to provide teeth whitening – for example a hairdresser or beautician. They could cause permanent damage to your gums or teeth and won’t know what to do if something is wrong.

What’s the right treatment for you?

30% of UK adults are unhappy with how their teeth look and in 2014 we spent £1.86 billion on improving our teeth, but you need to know which is the right teeth whitening treatment for you. A qualified dentist knows which products are safe and which inappropriate treatments will give you poorer results and could lead to blistered lips, burned gums or even worse.

How teeth whitening works

Teeth whitening doesn’t change the shape of your teeth or remove the surface. When you book for teeth whitening in Cardiff, or other parts of the country, a carefully measured formula of bleach will be put onto your teeth with the use of special trays that are fitted into your mouth. There are various shades and your dentist will discuss how white you want to go and the number of treatments you’ll need.

When you undergo teeth whitening, such as the treatments provided by, you might have some sensitivity, but this is perfectly normal and should reduce after the work has been finished. It’s important to discuss any queries you have with your dentist to make sure that everything is okay.

Don’t buy over the counter treatments

There are teeth whitening products available on the high street and online, but these should be seen as unsafe to use, as they might not list the exact chemicals they contain, so it’s harder to understand how safe they are. You will get the best results by using a qualified dentist and will have peace of mind that the work is being conducted correctly.