What People Aren’t Telling You about Teeth Whitening
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:
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.
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.