Factors to consider about teeth whitening

Is the whitening process absolutely risk free?

As tooth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure across the UK it is perhaps not surprising that the same questions regarding this popular dental process tend to pop up time and again.

We have tried to cover some of these in this article and hope that it helps people to make a decision about whether a teeth whitening session at their local dentist is for them or not.

Safety Factors

Tooth whitening, if done by a professional cosmetic dentist, is a safe procedure. It can though cause some people's teeth to become a bit more sensitive for a while afterwards. Whilst this generally wears off fairly quickly, it is perhaps a good idea to consider if you are suitable if you already have sensitive teeth.

Artificial Teeth

Many people will at some point in their life have some part of their teeth repaired, whether this is a dental implant, a crown or even a cosmetic factor such as dental veneers. If you have had any of these, you should be aware before having a tooth whitening procedure that it will not touch porcelain which is used for veneers etc and this may mean that you finish up with teeth of different shades. If the teeth that you have had a crown etc are those at the back of your mouth, this may not be too much of a problem; however, if they are the more visible front teeth, you may wish to think again or at least talk to your dentists about the options available to you.

Tooth Whitening at Home

Although a professional tooth whitening procedure is relatively cheap, it will not be as cheap as a tooth whitening toothpaste or an 'at home' tooth whitening kit and there is a very good reason for this. Tooth whitening toothpastes actually contain very small amounts of the whitening ingredient for safety reasons. As a variation of a bleaching agent, parents would not be happy to find their children eating it as they are prone to do. The kits that are made specifically for tooth whitening at home are stronger but have a disadvantage in that they can be difficult to apply to oneself and a slip could mean some burning to the soft tissues in the mouth. Quite frankly, it isn't worth the small savings that can be made and the risk just isn't worth it.

If you are unsure about whether these factors affect you, you should talk to your local cosmetic dentist who will advise you on the best course of action and if he feels that you are a suitable candidate for a tooth whitening procedure, we are sure that you will be very pleased indeed at the results.