Teeth Whitening – Don’t be tempted by illegal providers

Did you know, it is illegal to have your teeth whitened by anyone other than a dental practitioner?

The Regulations say that products containing or releasing up to 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide can be used, as long as:

  • Products of this strength are sold only to dental practitioners.
  • A dentist has first examined the patient to make sure there are no risks or any other concern about their oral condition.
  • The patient is over 18 years old.
  • For each cycle of use, first use is by a dental practitioner or under their direct supervision by a dental hygienist or dental therapist.

Over-the-counter products

Tooth-whitening products and kits bought over the counter or on the internet can legally only contain up to 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any noticeable effect on the colour of the teeth.

Products that contain over 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide can legally only be sold to a dentist.

Who cannot provide tooth whitening?

The General Dental Council takes the view that applying materials and carrying out procedures designed to improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth amounts to ‘the practice of dentistry’.

Therefore, this confirms that tooth whitening can only be provided by a qualified and registered dentist, or a dental hygienist or dental therapist working to the prescription of a dentist.

More information can be found via the TWIG (Tooth Whitening Information Group) at www.safetoothwhitening.org

Stay safe!

Pick the whitening system that works best for you

If you are thinking of having teeth whitening in Rothwell, Trinity Dental can offer you two different ways to achieve that brighter, whiter smile.

Here at Trinity Dental in Rothwell, we believe that both at-home and in-clinic whitening systems are safe and effective and produce a great white smile, so the choice of which to go for depends more on which will work better for you.

teeth-whitening-in-rothwellAt-home whitening

Teeth whitening at home requires a certain amount of self-discipline. When you choose the Enlighten whitening system, you first come to us to have impressions of your teeth made so that we can create special trays that exactly fit your teeth.

You take these home, along with the Enlighten whitening solution. The self-discipline comes in now, because you need to wear the trays overnight every night for about two weeks to achieve the full results, although you will start to see a difference after a few days. Once you have completed your two weeks, you come back to us for one final session of teeth whitening. The process as a whole can lighten your teeth by up to 16 shades.

The advantage of at-home teeth whitening is that you now have the trays with which to do top-up whitening sessions when the brightness starts to fade.

In-clinic whitening

If you think you won’t be able to keep up the self-discipline, or you just need to get your teeth whitened super-fast for a special event, then at Trinity Dental we also offer a whitening service in our clinic. For this, we use the Zoom! system. This takes around 90 minutes and can lighten your teeth by between four and six shades.

We protect your gums and lips with a guard made from soft silicone, and, once the whitening gel has been applied, it is activated with a special lamp. This is done four times, each session lasting about 15 minutes.

The good news is that you can maintain your amazing new smile with Zoom! top-up kits at home.

The not so good news is that teeth whitening cannot change the colour of any veneers, bridges or crowns that you may have, so if you want to go ahead with teeth whitening you may well have to get these changed afterwards.

Why not come into Trinity Dental for a free consultation to see if teeth whitening is right for you?