Teeth whitening has seen a tremendous growth in popularity over recent years and is now one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. Surveys indicate that up to a third of adults have an interest in getting their teeth whitened. The surge in interest has been partly attributed to celebrities and in particular the popularity of the reality TV show. Increased accessibility has, however, also been a key factor, with more dental clinics than ever before offering teeth whitening as part of their package. Unfortunately, the huge growth in this area of cosmetics has also led to a sharp increase in non-qualified individuals offering low-cost, illegal treatments. So why exactly is it so important to get your teeth whitened at a dentist? Here are 5 top reasons.
1. Dentists Do Things Safely
Dental professionals train for many years to understand the structures of the mouth, to recognise dental disease and to prescribe the correct treatment for each individual patient. As members of the medical profession, they are able to perform a medical examination of the mouth along with a obtaining a general overview of your medical condition before recommending or embarking on any course of treatment – teeth whitening included.
Qualified dentists have a strong understanding of the process including the science behind it, meaning they can minimise any risks. Used incorrectly, the chemicals used in the teeth whitening process can cause permanent and potentially painful damage to the teeth and gums. The chemicals could also penetrate the teeth leaving permanent damage to the surface. Using an unqualified provider of teeth whitening may seem like a low cost solution at first glance, but the long term risks and the costs associated for both your health and your bank account are definitely not worth the risk.
2. It is Illegal for Non-Dentists to Sell Teeth Whitening
Such are the risks of teeth whitening being offered by those without full dental training that the government has made it illegal for anybody other than a dentist or hygienist registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) to perform the treatment themselves or offer kits for self administration on their premises. The GDC considers teeth whitening to be a dental procedure and not just a beauty procedure, therefore establishments such as beauty clinics are not qualified to offer it. New regulations mean that those who break the law and offer illegal whitening can face unlimited fines. Would you want to trust your smile to a criminal?
3. Dentists Follow Strict Hygiene Rules
Just as with other members of the medical profession, dentists are required to follow strict hygiene rules at all times. Adhering to such rules protects patients from exposure to non-sterile equipment, as well as minimising the risk of exposure to person-to-person transmission of infections. Non-GDC registered, illegal providers of tooth whitening, such as beauticians, beauty salons, pop-up booths, mobile operators do not have to adhere to these regulations and therefore pose a significant risk to your health.
4. Dentists Use Tested Chemicals
When you have your teeth whitened by a registered dentist, you are not only paying for an experienced and accountable professional to administer your treatment safely, you are also paying for the practitioner to use approved chemicals that have been thoroughly tested to medical standards. One of the key ingredients in many teeth whitening procedures is hydrogen peroxide, exposure to which can be extremely harmful in the wrong proportion. By choosing a reliable dental clinic, you can be assured that safe levels of chemicals are being used. You can also be sure that there are no hidden chemicals that may pose other risks to your health. untested products that you may be using will not be effective and at worst, they could cause permanent damage.
5. Dentists Are Accountable
The chances are you’ve been visiting the same dentist for years, unless of course you’ve recently relocated. Why? Probably because you know your dentist is a qualified professional and you fully trust them. In most cases, you can also reasonably expect the same dentist to look after you time and time again. By choosing a respectable and legal dental clinic to have your teeth whitened you can be sure the procedure is carried out by somebody who is fully accountable – and isn’t going to vanish in the wind. Even if the dentist does happen to move practice, the General Register of Dentists will allow you to trace him or her if you so wished, meaning that you have complete peace of mind.
At Gwersyllt Dental Care in Wrexham, we offer a high quality teeth whitening treatment that will leave you with exceptional, lasting results. For a sparkling white smile, get in touch with us now on 01978 757 409 or contact us online and we will be more than happy to assist.