In October 2012 the EU passed a directive specifying that all tooth whitening products that contained or released up to 6% hydrogen peroxide can be used as long as they are sold to dental practitioners, the patient has been examined by a dentist to make sure that there are no dental issues, the patient needs to be over 18 years old and the treatment should be overseen by a dentist or dental technician. Tooth whitening products that can be bought over the counter can only contain less than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, which is such a small dose that it will not really worth paying the extra cash for toothpaste that is not going to make much impact on the colour of your teeth.
The new legislation means that it is no longer legal to have your teeth whitened at a beauty salon because beauticians lack the experience and dental knowledge that dentists have trained for so many years to acquire. Therefore the only place you can receive tooth whitening treatment is in a dental practise by either the dentist or specially trained dental hygienist. Tooth whitening seems to be a simple task but the corrosive nature of hydrogen peroxide means that a lot of damage can be caused if it is not applied correctly. Only a dentist can determine if your teeth and gums are healthy enough to withstand tooth whitening treatment.
At Simplyteeth we use the Phillips Zoom Tooth Whitening System which is 33% more effective than other methods. During the first consultation, and your teeth are considered healthy enough to whiten, an impression will be taken of your mouth so that a protective tray can be made. The tray will be used during the procedure to protect your lips and gums from getting hurt. The clip below shows us carrying out the Tooth Whitening treatment in our own dental practice.
If you would like to enquire about making an initial appointment to see if your teeth are suitable for tooth whitening please contact us here.