Updated: Dec 18, 2018
There might not be much snow down here in Hampshire, but that doesn’t stop you from having a Whiter Winter! Have you ever thought of Teeth Whitening?
The safest and most reputable way of getting your teeth whitened is to visit your dentist. Don’t bother with the over the counter products as the active ingredient in them simply isn’t strong enough to make a difference. It is advisable to avoid beauty salons too who aren’t legally allowed to use the right strength products.
The law increased the percentage of hydrogen peroxide allowed in tooth whitening or bleaching products to 6%, subject to being provided by a dentist or dental hygienist and that the patient is 18 years of age or over.
Teeth whitening basically involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter and therefore look whiter. It breaks down and lightens the dirt particles that build up on your teeth over time.
Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white, but using the right products can lighten your existing colour by several shades. How long it takes and how light your teeth can go will depend on your diet; regular consumption of, for example, tea, coffee, nicotine and red wine will impact the result and how long it is sustained.
The most popular way of getting the treatment done is to have a home treatment kit provided to you by your dentist –this works well because it is a process that takes place in the comfort of your home over a period of 2-4 weeks, so that you are directly in control of the shade that you can achieve. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a tailor made mouth guard and will instruct you on how to use it with a bleaching gel. The active ingredient will be either Hydrogen Peroxide or Carbamide Peroxide.
The guards are custom made for your mouth only therefore far superior to any off the shelf product and if looked after properly will last you a lifetime! All you need to do in the future is purchase the gel separately as and when you feel the need to ‘brighten’ or ‘top-up’ your teeth!
For further information or advice contact College Street Dental Centre in Petersfield, Hampshire on 01730 263180