Family & Relationships Cheaper Teeth Whitening Options Could Cause Long Term Damage

09:30  06 february  2018
09:30  06 february  2018 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Needless to say this kind of damage can take a long time to heal and contribute to extreme sensitivity in the mouth. These risks aren’t just associated with teeth whitening from unqualified Dentists tend to offer two different procedure options for whitening teeth : laser whitening or gum shield whitening .

Yes, whitening of the teeth can cause damage in the long run. Top Answer: A long - term commitment to addressing all facets of work risk is critical.

Dentist repairing child's tooth (representational image) © Provided by Shutterstock Dentist repairing child's tooth (representational image) People are being left in “excruciating pain” after receiving illegal teeth-whitening from beauticians, a BBC report has revealed.

Undercover footage from the broadcaster uncovered one London beautician was using a chemical containing 25% hydrogen peroxide - more than four times the legal limit qualified dentists are permitted to use when whitening teeth.

In light of the report, the General Dental Council (GDC) confirmed it has seen a rise in illegal treatments across the UK. So if you’re thinking of getting your teeth whitened, how can you ensure the procedure is safe and won’t damage your teeth?

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2.1 Causes of discoloured teeth . 3 How much does teeth whitening cost? 4 Teeth whitening at the dentist. While these won’t give you a dazzling white smile overnight, they can be effective at keeping teeth clean and white over the longer term .

While we may see whiter teeth initially, using these abrasive products could lead to long - term damage . “Be cautious of any DIY whitening , you don’t know long - term what you may be doing,” says Dr. Farr.

  Cheaper Teeth Whitening Options Could Cause Long Term Damage © Provided by Huffington Post Visiting a high street beautician for teeth whitening is often less expensive than seeing a dentist, but don’t be tempted by the reduced price tag. It is illegal to carry out any oral work on another person - including teeth whitening - if you are not a registered dental therapist or dental hygienist. Before having treatment, you can ensure the person whitening your teeth is correctly qualified by accessing the General Dental Council register online or calling 0207 167 6000.

In the vast majority of cases teeth whitening is not available on the NHS as it is a cosmetic procedure, so you will need to pay a private dentist.

The NHS will only cover the costs of teeth whitening if there’s a medical reason for it. “For example, this might be to lighten teeth that have discoloured because the nerve has died,” the website explains. Prices for teeth whitening will vary between dental practices, but the procedure tends to cost around £250 for the upper teeth only or £400 for the upper and lower set.

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Teeth whitening is getting cheaper and more accessible, but the more popular it gets, the more Damage of the tissue can cause the death of the tooth , tooth pain, or sensitivity. Whitening Strips. I didn’t realize that teeth whitening causes your teeth to be more sensitive in the first 24 hours.

Should I be concerned that teeth whitening strips or procedures could damage my teeth over the years? Reader Question • 1471 votes. Coffee, wine and – especially smoking – can re-stain the teeth . Whiteners may cause pain in sensitive teeth in the short term , especially for younger people.

Martin Ashley, a consultant in restorative dentistry at the University Dental Hospital of Manchester, said dentists who perform whitening for patients are highly regulated, whereas others offering the service, such as beauticians, are not.

“Dentists have to use techniques and products that are manufactured and very closely controlled, like any medical product,” he told HuffPost UK. “We would say that it’s fine to whiten teeth in a healthy mouth, but we’re able to recognise if there are any other problems [such as cavities] present that need addressing before whitening takes place. Someone who is not qualified may not notice these other problems.”

a person brushing the teeth with a toothbrush in the mouth © Provided by Huffington Post According to Ashley, the biggest risk associated with going to an unqualified practitioner for teeth whitening is that you may have “incorrect chemicals put in your mouth”. The maximum legal limit for hydrogen peroxide within teeth whitening chemicals used by dentists is 6%. The BBC secretly filmed a beautician charging £75 to administer customers with an illegal level of hydrogen peroxide at a strength of 25%.

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Although these methods are the cheapest form of whitening , they are also the least effective. Teeth whitening can be a great option after traditional braces come off. Although teeth whitening rarely causes long term damage , temporary sensitivity is not uncommon.

On rare occasions, irreversible tooth damage has been reported. There are many whitening product options currently available to consumers both from the dentist as well as from retail outlets However, most studies have reported no additional long - term benefit with light-activated systems.

Ashley said a 6% solution is effective, yet he’s seen patients with burnt gums and blisters who have been treated with a stronger solution elsewhere. The BBC reports a higher dosage can also lead to tooth loss. Needless to say this kind of damage can take a long time to heal and contribute to extreme sensitivity in the mouth.

These risks aren’t just associated with teeth whitening from unqualified practitioners. Legally, teeth whitening products you can buy on the high street and self-administer must contain no more than 0.01% hydrogen peroxide, yet Ashley has seen patients suffer the consequences of purchasing much higher solutions online. As a rule of thumb, you should only purchase at-home teeth whitening products from a recognised high street retailer in order to be sure what you’re purchasing is safe.

Ashley explained a popular and relatively risk-free teeth whitening option is toothpaste marketed as having whitening qualities. He said these products tend to have a very low level of whitening chemicals, but instead brighten teeth by reducing stains.

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In this article we break down everything related to teeth whitening , including the process of tooth discoloration, what causes staining, the various treatment options According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color.

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“If we measured the brightness in your teeth today, but you continued your usual lifestyle of drinking tea, coffee and red wine, your teeth would eventually become more stained,” he explained. “Toothpaste marked as ‘whitening’ often works by preventing teeth from staining as much. Technically these toothpastes don’t actually whiten your teeth, it’s very different from going to the dentist and getting your teeth whitened, but teeth will appear brighter longterm.”

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Others favour at-home whitening strips, which can be purchased from a number of high street chemists. According to Ashley, these can contain peroxide but are quite weak and although “they might work a little bit, you probably won’t notice a big difference”.

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I want to get my teeth whitened but I’m scared of hurting my gums. I’ve heard the bleaching can cause permanent damage . What’s the best choice to take for whiter teeth that doesn’t require weeks of treatments at home?

Dentists tend to offer two different procedure options for whitening teeth: laser whitening or gum shield whitening.

Laser whitening involves a dentist painting a bleaching product onto teeth and lighting with a laser. The process is fast and can be over and done with within half an hour - giving it the nickname ‘lunchtime whitening’ - but Ashley said this technique does not offer the patient much control over their end look. “It’s a bit like painting a wall white, you don’t know the exact shade of the paint or how it will look on the wall itself until you’ve finished,” he said.

In contrast gum shield whitening is a slower procedure but the option favoured by Ashley, as “you’ll have full control over how white your teeth go”. Patients are fitted with a gum shield that sits closely to their teeth. After brushing their teeth in the evening, they can then rub a small amount of a special gel into the shield and wear this throughout the night.

“The gel is low concentration but reasonably effective,” Ashley explained. “The next day you might not notice any difference, but over a two-week period you will. You’ve got a lot more control than other methods - if your teeth feel sensitive overnight, you just don’t do it again the next night.”

Unfortunately there are no natural quick fixes that are proven to whiten teeth, but if visiting a dentist for teeth whitening isn’t affordable to you, Ashley said making some dietary changes could be the best way to change the appearance of your teeth.

“Things that would stain your blouse do stain your teeth. If you’re regularly consuming red wine, coffee and curry, your teeth will become less bright,” he said. “That said if you have good dental hygiene and brush your teeth twice a day with a normal toothbrush and toothpaste, you shouldn’t really have a problem with it.”

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For teeth whitening the best way to do it is at the dentist but over the counter teeth whiteners work too. While over-the-counter options can be very effective, Messina says the key is to apply them evenly and keep them on as long That’s not harmful in the long - term , but blue teeth isn’t a hot look.

Yeah it makes them super sensitive depending on what type of whitening you use. And also there are studies shown that the ingredients in tooth whiteners can cause cancer of the mouth and receeding gum lines.

If you think your teeth whitening has been carried out illegally by someone not qualified or registered to perform it, contact the General Dental Council on 0207 167 6000 or email illegalpractice@gdc-uk.org.

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