- It is ILLEAGAL for anyone but a dentist to prescribe tooth whitening
- It cannot be used on anyone under the age of 18
- The strength cannot be more than 6% hydrogen peroxide or 16% carbamide peroxide
Does it work?
It very much depends on case selection first and dependant on good dental health and hygiene. So if this is all in place then yes, it is a great way to whitening your teeth and make them appear brighter and cleaner
How long does it last?
This depends on the individual teeth and also habits which include smoking, drinking tea or coffee and red wine and other stains in the person’s diet all of these are factors which can lead to staining/ darkening etc. On a rough guide it is normally between 9-12 months before it needs topping up.
What are the different types of teeth whitening?
There are two main types of teeth whitening-
Home whitening, where you apply the gels to trays and wear them at home either overnight or during the day which is a simple process
In-house whitening, where you have a gel applied directly to the teeth and then this is activated in surgery and you have the results within a couple of hours
Or a combination of both. The benefits of this is you get the activation stage within the practice and continue to boost this at home.
For the best results a combination of both is the best for maximum results
Does whitening toothpaste whiten your teeth?
Simple answer is no, they would not be able to put the bleach in a toothpaste and for it to be safe to use, whitening toothpaste use stain removal products to try and remove stain and therefore make teeth appear whiter or apply a shiny layer on top of the tooth so it reflects light and therefore appears whiter. A little like putting wax polish on your car to make it shiny.
Charcoal toothpaste craze?
The science behind the charcoal toothpaste is that it removes toxins on teeth that then pick up stains off your teeth leaving you with cleaner teeth that may appear whiter. This is a temporary effect that doesn’t last.