Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment not just in the UK, but in the world. It’s hardly surprising, when you think about it; after all, who doesn’t desire a beautiful, dazzling, bright white smile? With the number of products out there that claim to whiten your teeth, it can be somewhat tricky to navigate the industry, however. Here, we look at how to get the best out of your teeth whitening treatment.

Walk into the chemist or the supermarket and you are likely to see lots of products that claim to whiten teeth – toothpastes, dental floss, mouthwashes, special gels. . . These products are likely to be safe enough, but they are also likely to be ineffective, leaving your teeth much the same colour. Sometimes, if you have enamel erosion, they can also contribute to tooth sensitivity.

There are lots of “traditional” teeth whitening methods being bandied about at the moment, too. These range from charcoal to turmeric. Alternative and complimentary medicines can be useful for some things (clove oil as temporary relief from toothache, for example). However, there is little in the way of verifiable independent evidence out there to back up these teeth whitening claims.

Whilst the products bought from high street shops and the natural remedies mentioned above are unlikely to do you much harm, the same can’t be said for unlicensed whitening providers or products bought from the internet. The only way to enjoy safe and effective teeth whitening is to visit a dentist. Dove Dental Care in Derby offers professional, home-based teeth whitening treatment.

Home teeth whitening is one of the easiest methods, with no impact on your lifestyle, because you wear custom-made mouth trays filled with whitening gel overnight for about a fortnight. Your dentist still overseas your treatment, to ensure it is safe.

As with any type of cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening should only take place in a healthy mouth, and only a dentist is able to both diagnose and treat oral health concerns prior to your whitening beginning.

Whitening is suitable for most people and treats many types of tooth stain. However, if you or your stains aren’t suitable, a cosmetic dentist can offer many alternative solutions.