Do you constantly find yourself dreaming of whiter teeth? Then you are not alone. Teeth whitening treatment is the most popular cosmetic dentistry option not just in the UK, but across the world. It’s not hard to understand why; most of us want a Hollywood dazzler of a smile, but all too often modern life gets in the way.
When you go for a cosmetic dentistry consultation pertaining to lightening the colour of your teeth, the first thing your dentist will do is to establish what has caused your teeth to become stained or discoloured. The biggest single cause of tooth staining is visible dental plaque, which is a health risk as well as making your teeth brown or yellow.
Causes of tooth staining where teeth whitening is an appropriate option include stains caused by tea, coffee, or smoking – your dentist can also help you to quit smoking to stop the problem happening again. Some antibiotics and other medications can also temporarily stain the teeth.
The Dental Surgery Burnham welcomes adults for teeth whitening consultations. This practice uses the popular Enlighten teeth whitening system, which involves a combination of home and in-surgery treatment, and promises a B1 shade of whiteness, which is the lightest shade that is available in the UK.
Teeth whitening is classed as dentistry by the General Dental Council (GDC) and, as such, should only be prescribed by a qualified dentist. A hygienist or hygiene therapist who has undergone appropriate training is allowed to carry out the procedure on the dentist’s instructions, but the dentist retains ultimate responsibility for the treatment.
Any other business that offers teeth whitening – for example, a beauty salon – does so illegally. They may claim whitening is a cosmetic not a dental procedure, but this is not the case. You should avoid such establishments at all costs, and also report them to the GDC, who will prosecute cases of illegal whitening.
As with any form of cosmetic dentistry, whitening should only take place in a healthy mouth. Your dentist will perform a thorough oral health check before starting treatment, so if you suspect you may have gum disease or tooth decay, remember to factor in extra time for it to be cured.