Ayrshire Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around and so there a lot of talk about it, so were here to hopefully clear up some misconceptions and warn you of the dangers, So, does it damage teeth?
Is laser teeth whitening safe?
It’s safe if your dentist does it, and there are plenty of dentists that offer teeth whitening in Ayrshire. Salons and other non-dental companies offering laser services that are ‘peroxide-free’ may be breaking the law. And ‘non-peroxide’ treatments can still contain harmful ingredients such as sodium perborate or chlorine dioxide.
Do bleaching kits work?
Kits and products you buy over-the-counter or on the internet won’t make your teeth whiter. This is because, by law, these products must not contain or release more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to change the colour of your teeth. Products containing or releasing more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide can only be sold to a registered dental professional.
Can I get it on the NHS?
You can’t get whitening treatments on the NHS. Private charges for Ayrshire teeth whitening services will vary.
Is it illegal?
Tooth whitening in Ayrshire is legal if a qualified dental professional does it. Anyone carrying out tooth whitening that isn’t a qualified dental professional is doing it illegally. The legal age limit for tooth whitening is 18-years-old, so if you are under 18 you can’t have your teeth whitened.
If in doubt, don’t do it. If you’re unsure whether the treatment you’re being offered is legal, don’t go ahead. Ask your dentist for advice. Check their qualifications. If you want to make sure a provider can legally carry out whitening, check they are registered with the GDC. A qualified and registered dental professional will always have a GDC number.
If someone has insurance is whitening legal?
Only a dentist can take out insurance because it’s illegal for anyone other than a dental professional to carry out the treatmen. If someone offering tooth whitening says they have valid insurance or indemnity, it doesn’t mean their tooth whitening procedure is legal or safe.
This video coverts some natural methods
Also, you should also keep in mind that teeth whitening can be quite costly depending on who you go with. Obviously for a more specific figure you'd need to ask your preferred cosmetic dentist but with teeth whitening being such an in demand treatment just now (especially in Ayrshire) the prices of some practices have increased.
More In-Depth Look
The outer layer of a tooth is called the enamel. The colour of natural teeth is actually made by the reflection of light off of the enamel, in combination with the colour of the dentin underneath it. Your genes also play a part in the colour of your teeth, they can affect the density and smoothness of the enamel, thinner enamel lets more of the colour of the dentin to show through it. Having smoother or more bumpy enamel also has an affect on the reflection of light and in-turn also has an affect on the colour of the teeth.
Every day, a thin coating, called pellicle, forms on top of the enamel of the teeth and picks up stains. Stains on the enamel are caused because the enamel is porous, therefore it captures debris.
Other Discolouring Factors
Although your genes can affect the colour of the teeth, the main contributors to discolouration are as follows:
- Drinking - Alcohol and coffee are the two worst in terms of discolouration.
- Not brushing regularly.
Ageing also makes teeth less bright because the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker as it slowly erodes.
Moreover, it's possible to have stains inside of the tooth, these are called intrinsic stains and can be very hard to treat. For example, intrinsic stains can be caused by too much exposure to fluoride as a youngster while teeth are still developing and are more vulnerable. Other causes of staining include tetracycline antibiotics, this can occur if taken by a mother late into the pregnancy or by a child who is younger than 9 years old. Again, this is when teeth are still developing and a lot more vulnerable. Trauma can also be a factor in the darkening of teeth. Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains, these are called extrinsic stains.
Below is a small aside which you may find interesting if you run your own business.
Over the past 4 weeks, we done a small investigation into who exactly was looking at different pages on our site, and on this page we found some interesting data - as seen below.
As you can tell the majority of our page viewers are customers(83%) and dentists(17%), this allows us to gain better insight into who exactly we can gear the website towards and if you own a dental website you my also be interested in conducting this experiment yourself.