In recent years the UK market for teeth whitening has grown considerably. Once thought of as only for pop stars, actors and the celebrity elite, mass market teeth whitening kits and a rise in availability of dental and salon based whitening has made teeth whitening into the most common cosmetic dental treatment available.
For as little as a few hundred pounds, patients can gain a much whiter and brighter smile in usually just two weeks. Dentists can prescribe special whitening gel containing hydrogen peroxide as its active ingredient which gently removes stains from teeth. The gel is applied to special gum-trays the dentist makes from a mould of the patients teeth and the trays are worn top and bottom at night. In the morning teeth appear noticeably whiter and after a week or two of this treatment, teeth will be restored back to a beautiful radiant white colour.
Due to the popularity of teeth whitening, new technologies and equipment have been created in order to offer an even more modern way to achieve a radiant smile. Laser whiting systems such as Zoom are used by top end cosmetic dentists and can allow patients to gain a white smile in just two hours! These systems still use a gel containing hydrogen peroxide but instead of applying it at night, it is applied in the dental chair and a special laser is used to activate it. This type of whitening treatment can be considerably more expensive than traditional tray whitening.
The ultimate in whitening results are gained through the combination of tray and laser whitening. The patient will start treatment by having a one hour laser treatment, followed by two weeks of at home tray whitening. After the tray whitening, the patient will come back to the surgery for a final one hour laser treatment. After this, the patient will have a very white smile. This technique works best for adults and those with exceptionally stained teeth. For teens and young adults with little discolouration, tray whitening is very effective in itself.
The best thing about teeth whitening is that it’s permanent! Most dentists recommend topping the whitening up once a year by wearing whitening trays with whitening gel in for one day a year. For those who drink lots of red wine or those who enjoy colourful food such as curry, teeth may respond better to two top-ups per year.
To find a teeth whitening cosmetic dentist in your area perform a simple Google search, there are many dentists in the UK offering teeth whitening and due to the relative simplicity of the procedure there doesn’t tend to be good ones or bad ones. Let very low prices be a warning however and only undergo teeth whitening treatment with a registered cosmetic dentist.