Tooth whitening can be a highly effective way of lightening natural tooth colour, removing discolouration as well as staining under the surface. Teeth whitening treatments are implemented using bleaching agents and it is therefore recommended to always use dental professionals such as the experienced and skilled dental practitioners at Gipsy Lane to achieve a brighter, whiter smile.
Unfortunately there are a number of fake tooth whitening companies claiming to offer teeth whitening services which are in fact illegal. Recent reports among The Federation of European Dental Competent Authorities and Regulators (FEDCAR) state that ‘tooth whitening should only be provided under the supervision of a dental practitioner’, supporting the legal position in the UK. As professional dentists, we cannot urge the importance of receiving such treatments at registered professional practices.
At Gipsy Lane, we use an ultra safe system that is backed by clinical evidence. We use an excellent blend of soothers, conditioners and water that drastically reduces sensitivity and is applied to the patients teeth using custom made trays. Such trays resemble mouth guards and are tailor made to each client.
From a dentist’s perspective, it is of great significance that the FEDCAR endorses the UK legal position reinforcing the message that teeth whitening must only be carried out by qualified dental professionals. The procedure can potentially cause risk to the patient when carried out using with unsafe, illegal methods.
We are aware of illegal teeth whitening companies, some of whom were exposed on a recent television programme. However, as a dentist, I wish to emphasise the dangers associated with illegal teeth whitening. These include:
- Severe chemical burns
- Potentially permanent scarring
- Tooth loss and in extreme cases, effect the ability to breath and eat.
Recent findings from illegal tooth whitening clinics revealed many are whitening teeth using excessive levels of hydrogen peroxide with the risk of causing lasting damage to teeth and gums. There is also the huge issue of harmful tooth whitening products, such as do-it-yourself whitening kits being sold on online and whilst the cost may be appealing, they are not safe to use.
The public needs to be made aware that such illegal practices and products can cause serious chemical burns and can be extremely harmful to health. These products are illegal, however they are still available. It is illegal to carry out tooth whitening unless you are a registered dentist.
This warning highlights the dangers that patients are exposed to in the desire to have brighter, whiter teeth. It is important to discuss tooth whitening treatments with your dentist and only visit a registered dental professional for this procedure.
Another new and effective treatment by Philips is “Zoom”, a light activated system which takes an hour to lift the colour of your teeth by six shades. The Zoom Whitespeed lamp is supported by studies which illustrate how safe and effective it is for teeth and gums with 95% of patients agreeing that it produced excellent results.
At Gipsy Lane, we have a highly skilled, professional team of dental practitioners available for advice on recommended whitening treatments. We can also advise on the best way to look after teeth following whitening procedures. To discuss tooth whitening options and treatments available at Gipsy Lane, please get in touch with us today.