Why a dentist is a must for teeth whitening treatment

Did you know that teeth whitening is the most popular request heard by every cosmetic dentist in the world? Harley Street Dental Clinic offers a variety of options for those interested in teeth whitening, and your cosmetic dentist will help you to choose the best one to suit your needs.

teeth-whiteningIf you remember only one thing about teeth whitening, it’s that you must consult a dentist for your treatment. At our Harley Street clinic we are aware that there are a plethora of products on the market that that claim to whiten your teeth – we are also aware that they are unlikely to live up to their promises.

Most whitening products bought from high street shops are likely to be safe but ineffective. The most harm they are likely to do is to your wallet, because you will have wasted both your money and your time. However, products bought from dubious sources online or offered by unlicensed providers such as beauty therapists can in fact be dangerous.

Often, such products contain dangerously high levels of hydrogen peroxide, which can cause serious damage to your teeth, gums, and mouth. By law, only a dentist – or a hygienist, hygiene therapist, or clinical dental technician on the prescription of a dentist – can carry out whitening treatment.

At Harley Street Dental Clinic we believe it’s best to think about it like this: you wouldn’t call a beautician to fit a dental bridge, nor a hairdresser to place a filling. And you certainly wouldn’t buy your own dental implants from the internet and try the DIY approach (we hope!). As with every other dental treatment, a dentist is vital when it comes to teeth whitening.

When you come to our Harley Street clinic for a whitening consultation, an experienced cosmetic dentist will carry out a clinical health check to make sure there are no underlying problems such as tooth decay present. If there are, your dentist will treat these prior to carrying out whitening.

There are three options for whitening at our Harley Street clinic:

  • Home whitening
  • Power whitening here in our Harley Street practice
  • Combination whitening