It's one of the fastest growing areas of cosmetic enhancement so it's important to get the right advice. Here's the downlow for people considering getting their teeth whitened.
TEN FACTS ABOUT TOOTH WHITENING
1.A third of all cosmetic dental treatments carried out involves tooth whitening.
2.Few people have brilliantly white teeth, and your teeth naturally become discoloured as you get older.
3.'Hydrogen Peroxide' or 'Carbamide Peroxide' are the active bleaching ingredients which are used in tooth whitening.
4.Most tooth whitening products bought over the counter do not contain enough peroxide to be effective and are unlikely to change the colour of your teeth.
5.Tooth whitening only works on natural teeth and will not work on dentures, crowns or veneers.
6.Most tooth whitening treatments normally take three to four weeks to complete. Some treatments like 'power whitening' can be completed in one visit.
7.Tooth whitening can last for up to three years.
8.Known short-term side effects of tooth whitening can include increased tooth sensitivity, sore throats and white patches on the gum line.
9.Whitening toothpastes do not affect the colour of your teeth, but may be more effective at removing staining to restore the tooth's natural colour.
10.Tooth whitening is only very rarely available on the NHS.
FIVE TIPS FOR TOOTH WHITENING
1.Seek advice from your dentist if you are considering using a home whitening kit.
2.Always have your teeth whitened by a registered qualified dental professional.
3.Always get a written estimate of the cost of tooth whitening before treatment. You should expect to pay more for 'laser' or 'power whitening'.
4.Cut down on food and drinks which stain your teeth such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant juice and brush your teeth every morning and night.
5. Try red lipsticks with a blue base and get a spray tan for special events as both will make your teeth look whiter.
For more info visit, www.dentalhealth.org/tell-me-about/topic/cosmetic-dentistry/tooth-whitening