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Teeth whitening tips from our dental team*

24 August, 2015

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With thousands of Brits now having some form of teeth whitening each year, the desire for a whiter smile seems to be growing. But with so many whitening options out there, what is actually safe?

Having worked as a dentist for 17 years, Henry Clover joined Denplan in 1998 and is now our Deputy Chief Dental Officer. For this article, we’ve asked for his expert advice on tooth whitening and its dangers.

Always see your dental practice for teeth whitening

Under European law, teeth whitening can only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental health professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, working under the prescription of a dentist. Dental professionals can use products that contain or release up to 6 per cent hydrogen peroxide, which can achieve effective levels of whitening.

Don’t be tempted to visit your local beauty salon or spa for teeth whitening

It is illegal for beauty salon staff to carry out teeth whitening. The procedure might not be carried out properly and the bleaching gel may burn sand blister other parts of your mouth.

For more information, see what Henry Clover has to say in our Denplan video: Can tooth whitening damage my teeth? 

TeethDon’t use DIY whitening methods

The internet is full of ‘tips’ to whiten your teeth such as brushing with baking soda or rubbing lemon peel onto your teeth. These can actually damage your teeth.

How effective are over-the-counter whitening kits?

Legally these shouldn’t contain more than 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide – if they do, you could harm your teeth.Be aware that those within the safe 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide levels have minimal whitening effectiveness as the levels are very low.

In this video, Henry gives us his opinions whitening kits bought online,

If you’re thinking about whitening your teeth, always speak to your dentist to find the most appropriate option for your teeth and budget.

*Please note that, as teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment, it is not included as part of your Denplan contract. Article is for information purposes only.

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