A guide to safe teeth whitening for a happy smile

Examples of white teethDo you look at yourself in the mirror every morning and wish that your teeth were whiter? No matter how hard or how often you brush, what “whitening” toothpaste or mouthwash you use, your teeth remain stained or lacking in brightness. This can prove depressing and frustrating, but there is a simple solution: professional teeth whitening.

Smileworks in Liverpool offers a number of options for professional teeth whitening, all designed to gently, safely, and quickly remove common stains such as those caused by drinking a lot of red wine or coffee, by smoking, or as a side-effect of some medications. Teeth whitening is suitable for many types of discolouration and, as long as a dentist provides it, is a very safe procedure.

The world of teeth whitening can be confusing, particularly if you have never had the treatment before. Walk down the high street or the dental aisle of a supermarket and there are guaranteed to be scores of products claiming to whiten your teeth. Whilst whitening toothpastes, mouth rinses and the like are usually going to be safe enough when bought from a reputable source, they are also likely to be ineffective.

Alleged whitening products available from the internet are less likely to be safe. You can never be totally sure of their contents or origin, and often they contain dangerously high levels of hydrogen peroxide. This can cause damage to your teeth, including enamel erosion (commonly associated with excessive toothbrushing), as well as causing blistering or burning to the lips, gums, or tongue.

Similar dangers abound from seeking teeth whitening from unlicensed sources, such as a beauty therapist. Even the best beautician in the world is not allowed to carry out whitening in the UK, because it is classed as dentistry by the General Dental Council, thus must only be provided by a qualified dentist.

Professional teeth whitening may take place at home or in the dentist’s chair. No matter which option you choose, you need to undergo a thorough dental health check-up first, because as with any form of cosmetic dentistry teeth whitening should only be carried out in a healthy mouth.