Only a dentist is able to tell you whether your teeth whitening treatment will be effective. Here`s why…
27 September 2018
Tooth whitening is a way to improve the colour of your teeth using hydrogen peroxide (a type of bleach). It is safe and effective if carried out by a dentist or under the supervision of a dentist. Tooth whitening does not remove any of the surface of the teeth or add anything to the teeth.
Is tooth whitening always successful? In most cases, yes. However, tooth whitening treatments work differently depending on the shade of your teeth at the start of treatment. Also, the treatment doesn’t suit
everyone and may not work for some people. If your teeth are likely to be difficult to treat, your dentist will tell you beforehand. Your dentist is trained to:
  • estimate the improvement in colour that you will achieve;
  • choose the right treatment plan for you; and
  • tell you how long the treatment should last.
When might tooth whitening not be successful? Tooth whitening treatments may not work well on:
  • teeth with exposed roots
  • teeth with ‘white’ fillings
  • teeth with crowns or veneers
  • teeth that have had root treatments
  • teeth that are not healthy
This is why it is important to talk with your dentist when you are considering tooth whitening. Further to this in 2012 a law was passed in the EU stating that tooth whitening can only be carried out by a dentist for the patient`s first treatment and under a dentist`s supervision for the rest of the treatment duration. The level of knowledge of a non-dentist is not appropriate for examining someone’s mouth to say it is safe for them to have teeth whitening treatments in the first place. In the worst case scenario, being non-dentists, they could miss an opportunity to diagnose something that is life threatening, such as mouth cancer.
At the Dental & Implantology Unit at Saint James Hospital our dentists have carried out numerous successful teeth whitening consultations and procedures.

Call us on 2329 1029 or email us here for your teeth whitening consultation today.