Your smile is one of the first things others will notice about you. It is a symbol of health, hygiene and attractiveness, and what could say all things more than a set of white, sparkling teeth?
It is not surprising that teeth whitening treatments have become super popular throughout the UK. They offer an ideal solution to help thousands of people improve the colour of their teeth and boost their confidence. However, we are often asked in the practice whether these treatments are safe, so here it is…
Yes they are, when quality products are offered by the right people.
Professional teeth whitening, like the Enlighten treatments we offer, are completely and utterly safe. They are extensively tried and tested, containing materials that have been used in dentistry for more than 100 years. The products are designed specifically not to damage any part of the mouth, giving you total peace of mind that your teeth and gums will be left unharmed during and after treatment. In addition, our professional team is highly trained with Enlighten products to ensure they know exactly what they are doing.
Now, you may have seen some stories in the national media about situations where teeth whitening has gone wrong. It’s important to know that the products used in these instances are completely different to those used within the professional dental practice setting. They are often over-the-counter or online products ordered directly by individuals, which do not meet the same stringent rules and regulations that must be met in the dental practice. As such, they can contain any matter of dangerous chemicals and they pose a risk to anyone who uses them.
Similarly, you may have come across some ‘natural’ remedies for teeth whitening – indeed, the internet is rife with them! While some may have some merit, many are likely to leave you disappointed. Some should also be approached with caution. For example, using products like lemon juice and baking soda for too long could do real damage to your teeth – lemon juice is acidic and will soften the top surface of the teeth (enamel), while the baking soda is abrasive and could actually remove parts of the softened enamel, leaving the teeth weak and highly sensitive.
The safest and most effective route is always to opt for professional teeth whitening services. This will give you total peace of mind that the products being used are strictly regulated and will not damage your mouth in any way. You will also have the support of a dental professional to help you achieve the very best results and to maintain them for as long as possible.
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