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Go on, Get a Gorgeous Smile this Summer

14th June 2017

The sun is shining and it seems that summer is definitely upon us. Maybe you’ll have chance to soak up some rays and start working on that suntan. Why not top off that tan with a radiant, white and healthy-looking smile?

Here we look at some of the ins and outs of teeth whitening.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening can’t make your teeth brilliant white but it can make your teeth several shades lighter. A bleaching agent is used to whiten your teeth. There are several teeth whitening systems, such as home whitening kits, professional mouth guard whitening and laser whitening. We favour the professional mouth guard whitening as it gives noticeable and safe results.

How does it work?

An impression of your teeth will be taken by your dentist and sent to a laboratory, where  tailor-made mouth guards will be made. Once they are ready, your dentist will demonstrate how to use these perfectly fitting trays with a special lightening gel. You then need to use the trays at home for specific periods each day. The process will take a few weeks, and then you just need to visit your dentist so that they can check you are happy with the shade your teeth have reached.

Who can perform teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening is considered by The General Dental Council to be a form of dentistry; therefore it should only be performed by dental professionals who are registered with the GDC. If teeth whitening is performed by beauty therapists with no training or dental qualifications, it is actually illegal.

Home kits

The NHS state that home kits carry risks. Some home kits don’t contain enough of the active whitening ingredient to be effective so could be a waste of money. Others offer mouth guards, which may not fit properly, so some of the bleaching gel can leak onto your gums and into your mouth, causing sensitivity and blistering.

Further Information

Please feel free to call us for a consultation on 0141 952 1692. We also offer Finance 4 Patients, which is a facility that helps patients spread the costs of a treatment. The application process just takes a few minutes to do and you’ll receive an instant answer as to your eligibility.

Teeth whitening is considered by The General Dental Council to be a form of dentistry; therefore it should only be performed by dental professionals who are registered with the GDC. If teeth whitening is performed by beauty therapists with no training or dental qualifications, it is actually illegal.

Further information on teeth whitening from the NHS can be found at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/teeth-whitening.aspx

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