Teeth Whitening at The Cleveland Cosmetic and Dental Implant Clinic

7th February 2017 by John Picton

Did you know that only dental professionals can carry out teeth whitening and it is illegal for anyone other than a trained dental professional to carry out teeth whitening?

Good to know isn’t it. Well now you know who can legally carry out teeth whitening, let’s think about whether it’s the right treatment for you?

Questions you might ask yourself include; am I unhappy with the colour of my teeth? Do I ever hide my smile because I am self-conscious about my teeth? Have I noticed staining of my teeth recently? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, then teeth whitening may be the option for you.

What is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening involves making your teeth lighter with bleach products, it won’t make them brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades. Teeth whitening is often completed using a specially made mouth guard or by laser treatment.

What will happen during teeth whitening?

If you partake in professional teeth whitening, you may need to make several trips to the dentist over a few months. With the mouth guard system, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and make a mouth guard tailored to your teeth. You will then be instructed on how to use the bleaching gel. Then regularly using the gel, you can gradually whiten the teeth over a 1 to 3 week period. The laser treatment, also known as power whitening, takes about an hour.

Can I have my teeth whitened on the NHS?

Generally speaking, it is not possible to have teeth whitened on the NHS. It is usually seen as a cosmetic procedure so does incur costs. Usually, laser whitening costs more than the mouth guard whitening. Occasionally, if teeth need to be lightened because the nerve has died, they may be treated under the NHS.