What People Aren’t Telling You about Teeth Whitening

  • 2nd December 2017

Today, everyone wants to have the perfect pearly white smile that is taking over Hollywood. However, people don’t realise that whitening your teeth can have significant consequences on your health. So, we're revealing the truths that your friends and internet commenters aren’t telling you about teeth whitening.

Know The Law

In 2012, the EU Council Directive required the UK to follow their new law regarding the amount of hydrogen peroxide that dentists and over the counter services were allowed to use in their teeth whitening products. The law states that products administered by a dentist can only contain or release up to 6 percent hydrogen peroxide or 16 percent carbamide peroxide. As a result, over the counter products that aren’t prescribed by a dentist must contain < 0.1 percent of hydrogen peroxide or else it is considered illegal. Because this is only a law in the EU and the UK, many websites will not make this clear to you. Also, this law is in place because teeth whitening can have serious effects on your gums and enamel if not administered properly.

Sensitivity is a Possibility

Many products in today’s market are leading people to believe that if they use their product they won’t have any sensitivity. Unfortunately, whenever a decision to undergo teeth whitening treatment is made there is always the possibility for sensitivity. Many dentists claim that the reason for increased sensitivity is based on how much enamel that your teeth have. People with lower levels of enamel may experience extreme sensitivity if their treatment is too strong. Therefore, it is always best practice to consult your dentist in order to determine the best treatment for you.

Things to Look Out For

There are a lot of scams out there when it comes to teeth whitening. Therefore, it is important to look out for and avoid:

One-size-fits-all trays

Everyone’s mouth and teeth are different sizes. Therefore, you will need to have trays properly molded or else you risk the possibility of bleaching your gums and causing burning and infection.

Tanning Salons

Although the person at a tanning salon may tell you that they are qualified to administer teeth whitening treatment, they are NOT. According to the law, you must be a certified dentist to administer teeth whitening treatment. Also, many times these salons use illegal products that could be causing more harm to your teeth than doing any good.

The promise of permanent results

People might tell you that your teeth whitening treatment will change the colour of your teeth for good. Unfortunately, teeth whitening treatment is only effective for short amounts of time. Professional treatment from a dentist usually shows the best results and can last up to 3 years.

When looking into teeth whitening treatment, know that there is a risk if not performed properly. Dentists are the only ones who are legally allowed to administer any teeth whitening products with a hydrogen peroxide level that is greater than 0.1 percent. Hopefully if choosing to have your teeth whitened, you will choose a dentist with safe and effective treatment tailored to your needs.