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Does teeth whitening damage teeth?

Posted 27th February, 2015

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments in the UK. But there’s a lot of confusion about whether whitening is safe – and who can carry out treatments. So, does teeth whitening damage teeth?

At Gwersyllt Dental Practice near Wrexham, we offer two types of teeth whitening: at-home whitening kits and in-surgery whitening. Both treatments are safe and effective, and we can help you decide which one is right for you.

Is teeth whitening illegal?

Tooth whitening 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 you are concerned about a product, or if you think someone is doing illegal tooth whitening, please let the Tooth Whitening Information Group know.

Safe teeth whitening tips

  • 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 for teeth whitening because it’s illegal for anyone other than a dental professional to carry out the treatment.

If someone offering tooth whitening says they have valid insurance or indemnity, it doesn’t mean their tooth whitening procedure is legal or safe.

Is laser teeth whitening safe?

Laser teeth whitening is safe if your dentist does it. Salons and other non-dental companies offering laser teeth whitening that’s ‘peroxide-free’ may still be breaking the law. And ‘non-peroxide’ treatments can still contain harmful ingredients such as sodium perborate or chlorine dioxide.

Do teeth whitening kits work?

Tooth whitening 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 offering teeth whitening treatment in their practice.

Can I get teeth whitening on the NHS?

You can’t get whitening treatments on the NHS. Private charges will vary; at Gwersyllt Dental Practice,Wrexham we have several different whitening options to suit your budget. Get in touch for more information.

Request a voucher for a FREE consultation with us today.

Come and discuss the issues that concern you and find out how Gwersyllt Dental Care can help.

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