Tooth Whitening - What You Need To Know

Hardly a day goes by when I switch on the TV to be dazzled by some celebrity's garishly white nashers! But to be honest I am guilty of  wanting to brighten my smile (I think many of us are). But what is the best way of getting the results I want quickly and safely? These days there are a million products available on the shelves, all promising wonder results; "Up to 10 shades lighter" or "Over night white" etc but in my experience, both as a gullible customer and as a dental care professional I can tell you they never work. Some are actually doing your teeth far more bad than good. For example; did you know that many whitening toothpastes are highly abrasive? And are in fact damaging your tooth’s enamel which in the long run will cause more staining and sensitivity?!
Recently the media have been trying to make people aware of the risks of some whitening techniques, you may have seen advertisements at your local hairdressers, beauticians or nail salon (for example) offering tooth whitening for a very reasonable price. But please be warned when i tell you that this is highly illegal practice and could put you at risk from serious chemical reactions and possibly even chemical burns.
Tooth whitening is a process by which the decolourants or stains on the teeth are chemically lightened. There are two main types of active ingredients that are in legal whitening kits:
- Hydrogen peroxide, for strong fast whitening 
- Carbamide peroxide, for slower gentle whitening 
Now here's the science bit; when a whitening product is applied to the teeth, it breaks down into water and oxygen ions. The oxygen ions enter the enamel and attack the long stain molecules to effectively break them down to be short and colourless. These short and colourless molecules are then naturally removed from the tooth by saliva. The intensity of whitening is related to the number of oxygen ions available and the length of time they are on the tooth. This process has to take place in an environment where it can be controlled. Or at least prescribed by someone who is qualified to do so. The chemicals mentioned above are highly regulated by EU standards agencies and the law states that only a qualified Dental professional who is registered with the GDC (General Dental Council) can issue them to members of the public. This means that legally only Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Therapists and Clinical Dental Technicians (working on the prescription of a Dentist) can help you when it comes to whitening your teeth. 
Follow this link to the GDC website where you can get all the required information you need regarding tooth whitening. The GDC are a council committed to keeping dental patients safe. All Dental professionals of any level must be registered with the council in order to practice. If they do not hold a legally recognised dental qualification along with their GDC registration then they are not permitted to interact with patients in a clinical manor.  
At thegallery we are able to offer fully regulated tooth whitening treatments at competitive prices. The company we have chosen to supply us with our products is called Pola. Dr Balaji, Kate Barker and Annie Briggs are all qualified and able to help you brighten your smile. So why not give us a call for a free whitening consultation? 01280 822567

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