Professional tooth whitening

Why visiting our Harley Street Dentist is the best option

We are often asked why a person should have their tooth whitening procedure done at an experienced cosmetic dentist such as ourselves at Harley Street when there are home teeth whitening kits readily available at chemists in London and throughout the UK.

This is understandable as, especially in these difficult economic times, everyone is looking for a way to cut corners. Unfortunately, in many cases, and teeth whitening being one of them, this is usually not the bargain that it may initially appear to be. Let’s take a look at the various teeth whitening options that are widely available.

Tooth Whitening Toothpaste

We have all, no doubt, seen the numerous advertisements on TV claiming wonders from a new tooth whitening toothpaste. Whilst these are not entirely untrue, the claims are very much exaggerated. In truth, these toothpastes (or at least the better ones) do in fact contain whitening agents; however, the strength of the active ingredient is very weak. This is because the whitening agent is a bleaching type of ingredient and therefore, for safety reasons, only a limited amount can be put into these toothpastes. If you have children, you will know how much they like to eat toothpaste and consuming these could be dangerous if the strength was too high. There will however be some benefit if used regularly and you can probably expect to see your teeth whitened by about a factor of 1.

Home Whitening Kits

These home teeth whitening kits are usually made from strips that are applied to the teeth or more often, trays that the whitening agent sits in which are then fitted over the teeth for a period of time. These kits can be quite effective, though always make sure that you buy a reputable brand. However, like toothpaste, the active ingredient is limited albeit not as much as in toothpastes. If used successfully, you will probably see your teethed whiten by a factor of around 2 or 3. Whilst this is a decent result, there are pitfalls to using these kits. Because they can be difficult to apply yourself and because the active ingredient is stronger, there is a small risk of irritating your soft tissues i.e. your lips and gums. This can be quite painful. Whether you feel the risk is worth it for the result is down to the individual.

Professional Teeth Whitening

By far the best method of whitening your teeth is to have it done professionally by a cosmetic dentist such as ourselves in Harley Street. The procedure is actually a relatively inexpensive one, especially considering how long the effects last. It also enables the use of a much stronger active ingredient which can be applied professionally and with protective covering of the soft tissues therefore eliminating the risk of burns.

The procedure which only takes about an hour is highly effective and you can see your teeth whitened by a factor of 5 or more in some cases. As you can see, this is by far the safest and most effective method of getting your teeth whitened without breaking the bank.

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