Tooth whitening is lightening the appearance of a natural tooth and removal of surface staining.
New E.U. legislation on 31st October, 2012 dictates that tooth whitening can legally ONLY be carried out by Dentists, Dental Hygienists/Therapists, and under the prescription of a Dentist.
The maximum concentration is set as 6% hydrogen peroxide (= 16% carbamide peroxide)
The maximum allowed for 'over-the-counter' systems is 0.1% hydrogen peroxide
we recommend the home bleaching tray system
This system allows you to be in control, how quickly you whiten your teeth,which teeth you want to whiten, and you can regulate and control any possible sensitivity.
it involves 2 visits - after an initial assement from a dentist (either your own, or from Teviot Dental), if your teeth are unsuitable for whitening, you will advised at this stage.
first appointment consists of;
impressions of your upper and lower teeth
shade taken of pre-whitened teeth
photograph of pre-whitened teeth
precision custom made soft contoured trays are then fabricated by a dental laboratory
second appointment consists of;
fitting of the whitening trays,
supplying the hydrogen peroxide compound < 6%
full advice on its application
usually an optimum result is achieved after 14 nights of using the trays, each of 2 to 6 hours
Please note, tooth whitening is not allowed on any person under the age of 18 years.*
*new legislation, June, 2014
the GDC lift the restriction on under 18 years olds*
This is an extract. from the General Dental Council.