Teeth-Whitening, How Safe and Effective is it Really?

Life is hard on your teeth, exposing them to staining from dozens of daily sources – coffee, tea, red wine, dark fruits such as blackberries and cherries, starchy food like potatoes, curries, and any tomato-based sauce. Teeth-whitening can address any stain-related damage and restore a bright, youthful smile.

Teeth whitening is a dental treatment that bleaches the teeth without damaging the enamel. At Duffield Road Dental we consult with you, agreeing on a desired level of whiteness, and provide you with custom-made soft trays and a professional-grade whitening agent to apply overnight in the comfort of your own home.


Are off-the-shelf products any good?

High-street products contain a lesser concentration of the whitening agent, making them unpredictable and less effective. Off-the-shelf products don’t offer you a consultation and don’t come with trays specially crafted from impressions of your teeth, without which there’s no guarantee of an even treatment.


What are the advantages of whiter teeth?

Smiling is a natural expression of joy – something we do before we can walk and continue throughout our lives – but stained teeth can undermine confidence. Being self-conscious and hiding your smile can give off the wrong impression in the most important moment. That important interview, that highly anticipated first date, that crucial meeting with clients; all can be enriched by an easy, confident smile.


Who is teeth-whitening for?

Anyone’s teeth can become stained no matter their age, so teeth-whitening can be for the young as well as for adults. Teeth-whitening is not recommended if you’re pregnant and there may be other considerations too, which we’ll advise on during your consultation.


Is teeth whitening safe?

Off-the-shelf products do not come with custom-fitted trays, which makes it more likely that the bleaching agent might leak onto your gums, causing blistering and sensitivity. If a dental professional is delivering your treatment, this risk is minimised.

Even if the gel is well contained by custom-fitted trays, there’s a chance of general sensitivity of the gums and teeth, especially if that’s something you have already experienced. If sensitivity occurs, there are dedicated toothpaste to help with that.


How long do the effects of teeth whitening last?

The simple answer is 9-12 months but with good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and the occasional touch-up, having white teeth can be an enduring part of your lifestyle. For maximum longevity, we recommend you avoid the most staining food and drink, or that you consistently clean your teeth after they’ve been consumed.


Ready to book a teeth-whitening procedure?

Contact our friendly team in Derby today and we will be delighted to help you on your teeth whitening journey!