Teeth whitening treatment is probably the most common procedure a cosmetic dentist will be asked about. At Harley Street Dental Clinic, our team have provided teeth whitening treatment for scores of happy patients.
Here, we look at why you must consult a cosmetic dentist for teeth whitening. . .
By law, teeth whitening must only be carried out by a dentist or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription. However, there are still some beauty salons offering the procedure, as well as numerous products available online and on the high street that claim to whiten teeth.
Many of these products will have a cheaper price tag than teeth whitening from a cosmetic dentist. That does not mean, however, that they do not come with hidden costs.
The teeth whitening products used at Harley Street Dental Clinic have been extensively tested and are completely safe. Products in beauty salons, online and on the high street are unlikely to have been subjected to such rigorous testing.
In the best-case scenario, these products will simply not work. You will feel frustrated that you have wasted your money, but in fact you have had a lucky escape, as some products can actually damage your teeth, gums or mouth. This can result in discomfort, pain and in some cases the need for extensive restorative dental treatment.
Teeth whitening treatment, like all cosmetic dental procedures, should only be carried out on healthy teeth. When you come to our Harley Street clinic for a consultation with a cosmetic dentist, they will be able to identify any oral health problems such as tooth decay or gum disease, which could result in increased sensitivity during whitening. They will treat any health problems first, before carrying out teeth whitening here in the practice or providing you with whitening gel and trays to use at home, depending on your preference.