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What tooth whitening kits do Dentists recommend?

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We asked our Principal Dentist Rob Muirhead ‘what were the tooth whitening kits that UK dentists recommend to their patients?’.

Here is his answer…

So, tooth whitening is basically removing layers of staining and discolouration that can build up on teeth over the years giving them a yellowish colour rather than the nice and shiny white looking teeth we all want to have.

Needless to say, prevention is the best solution, having a good tooth-care routine and avoiding things that can easily stain our teeth, but, even with all that in place, teeth can still discolour over time.

There are fundamentally, 3 different options for Tooth Whitening on the market today.

They are:-

In-surgery whitening: This is the most effective type of teeth whitening, and it can produce results that are visible within a few hours. In-surgery (at your dental practice) whitening uses a high concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which is applied to the teeth and then activated by a light or laser. The treatment typically takes about an hour, and it can whiten teeth by up to 10 shades.

Home whitening kits: Home whitening kits are a less expensive option than in-office whitening but if used correctly, they can be just as effective. These kits typically come with a whitening gel and a set of custom-made trays that are designed to fit over the teeth. The gel is applied to the trays, which are then worn for a certain number of hours each day. Home whitening kits can take several weeks to produce results, but they can whiten teeth by up to 8 shades.

Over-the-counter whitening products: Over-the-counter whitening products, such as whitening strips and pens, are the least expensive option for teeth whitening. However, they are also the least effective, and they may not produce noticeable results. Over-the-counter whitening products typically contain a lower concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide than in-office or home whitening kits, and they may not be as effective at penetrating tooth enamel.

In addition to these three main types of teeth whitening, there are also a number of other options available, such as laser whitening, LED whitening, and Zoom! whitening. These treatments are typically more expensive than in-office or home whitening, but they can produce results that are even more dramatic.

What can go wrong with Tooth Whitening Kits?

Teeth whitening kits can be a safe and effective way to whiten your teeth, but there are some potential dangers that you should be aware of.

Tooth sensitivity: One of the most common side effects of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. This is because the whitening process can remove some of the enamel from your teeth, which exposes the dentin underneath. Dentin is a softer tissue that is more sensitive to pain. Tooth sensitivity can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, but it can be a nuisance.

Gum irritation: In rare cases, teeth whitening can also cause gum irritation. This is usually caused by the whitening gel leaking out of the trays and onto the gums. Gum irritation can cause redness, swelling, and bleeding. If you experience gum irritation, you should stop using the whitening kit and see your dentist.

Tooth damage: In very rare cases, teeth whitening can cause damage to your teeth. This is usually caused by using a whitening kit that contains too high a concentration of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Tooth damage can cause your teeth to become brittle and prone to cracking or chipping.

If you experience any pain or discomfort while using a whitening kit, you should stop using it immediately and see your dentist. It is important to follow the instructions that come with your whitening kit carefully to reduce the risk of side effects. You should also talk to your dentist before using a whitening kit to make sure that it is safe for you.

The best teeth whitening option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you are looking for the most effective and safest treatment, then in-surgery whitening is the best option as your dentist will be able to assess the health of your teeth BEFORE you begin any treatment. However, if you are on a budget, then a home whitening kit may be a better choice. No matter which option you choose, be sure to consult with your dentist first to make sure that it is safe for you.

We offer our Free Smile Consultation if you want to make sure you get the very best treatment for your teeth and begin the process of creating your perfect smile.

Rob Muirhead Dentist in Shipley
Robert Muirhead
Principal Dentist

Our dental expert says...

I have been using tooth whitening kits in my Bradford Dental Practice for over 20 years.

And while Tooth Whitening has become increasingly popular in recent years, there are many things you can do to avoid the need for tooth whitening, and all of these you should definitely do after you have had your teeth whitened, as repeatedly using tooth whitening kits can be bad for your teeth if not done correctly.

  • Start with a dental checkup and cleaning. This will remove any plaque or tartar that could interfere with the whitening process.
  • Avoid smoking, black coffee, cola and red wine as these can stain your teeth making them more difficult to whiten.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • Use a whitening toothpaste or mouthwash.
With proper care, your teeth can stay white, bright and healthy for many years.

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