Teeth whitening has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the UK. Last year, more than 100,000 people in Britain tried the treatment. But is the bright smile really worth it?

The Procedure?

The most common type of vital teeth whitening uses a gel that is applied directly to the tooth surface. This product contains some form of hydrogen peroxide. Teeth whitening cannot make your teeth perfectly white, but it can certainly lighten the existing colour by several shades. The number of people willing to put themselves through the procedure is increasing every day.

Under the Dentists Act 1984, it is in fact illegal for anyone other than dentists or dental health professionals such as hygienists to carry out teeth whitening.

Knowing that the treatment can cause permanent damage to your gums and teeth it is quite concerning that many beauty therapists are doing it for half the price. The low price usually reflects the quality of the procedure, so one should think twice before going through it as it’s likely that corners are being cut.

The Risks?

Irritates and bleaches gums
Harms tooth enamel
Can cause painful and chemical burns

The Alternatives?

Although only trained professionals can provide a legal teeth whitening service, it is perfectly legitimate for anyone to use an over-the-counter kit, if it contains less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. The price, however can be a bit steep for the average consumer and the effectiveness of the products containing less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide is arguably not that good.

Toothpastes containing anti-staining agents or hydrogen peroxide are used daily by hundreds of thousands of people, because of their affordable prices. Although they are considerably cheaper they are not that effective, most likely because of the hydrogen peroxide being weak and unstable by the time you use them.
Teeth whitening can be safe if done by professionals. Be aware of beauticians offering cheap treatments and tooth whitening kits as they can damage your smile permanently!

If you have suffered an injury caused by a beauty treatment call Liam Oliver today on 01202 877 400!

Angie Newnham
Article by Angie Newnham
Having worked for various law firms in the Bournemouth and Poole area Angie Newnham decided to set up her own business in 2010. Angie’s experience covers a range of legal disciplines including Property Law and Conveyancing, which includes both residential, commercial and agricultural work, Social Housing, Landlord & Tenant issues, Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney and a niche interest in equine law and equestrian agreements.

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