Is teeth whitening safe?

One of the most common questions we get asked is around the safety of teeth whitening?

There is a very simple answer, Yes, if carried out properly and after an assessment of your teeth and gums.

What is Teeth Whitening?

Exactly as described – teeth whitening is a professional treatment designed to improve the colour of your teeth.

How does teeth whitening work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). Effectively, these products dissolve stains into smaller pieces. As a result, the discolouration is less concentrated and your teeth look brighter.

What are the side effects of teeth whitening?

Tooth sensitivity is the main side effect. This happens when there is not enough protective enamel on your teeth. The exposed dentine (the second tooth layer) doesn’t like whitening and this leads to increased sensitivity. Over-whitening could also be a problem, however, we are yet to hear a patient complain about this.

What are the risks?

When asked “is teeth whitening safe?” firstly, we discus the risks. If teeth whitening is not provided by a regulated and registered professional, there are some significant risks. The product may not be correct, or the technique used may not be correct. We have, sadly, seen burns and skin reactions. Inappropriate provision of treatment leads to these side effects.

When does teeth whitening not work?

Teeth whitening will, on occasion, not work. Yellow teeth usually whiten well, but, brown and grey teeth maybe resistant to chance. Ceramic restorations such as crowns, veneers will not whiten. Areas where you have enamel missing will not whiten as its the enamel that absorbs the bleach. Some teeth may not whiten as well as others. Commonly the canines tend to be a touch more resistant to whitening than other teeth.

If you have lots of recession of your teeth, you may find that you cannot tolerate the whitening process as it will be sensitive.

Who can provide teeth whitening?

When asked “is teeth whitening safe?” – The first discussion should revolve around the providers of treatment. In 2013, the High Court confirmed the General Dental Council’s position. The General Dental Council state that “tooth whitening is the practice of dentistry”. Only registered dental professionals can legally and safely carry out teeth whitening. This is the case regardless of the products used.

Unregistered professionals cannot legally provide teeth whitening.

The concentrations of teeth whitening products.

The Uk allow the use of hydrogen peroxide and other compounds or mixtures that release hydrogen peroxide. This includes carbamide peroxide and zinc peroxide formulas.

Dentists use a maximum strength of 6% hydrogen peroxide. This also applies to products that turn into hydrogen peroxide.

In broad terms, 10% carbamide peroxide content would yield a maximum of 3.6% hydrogen peroxide. Thus, the commonly used products containing 16% carbamide peroxide are permitted because they would normally be releasing less than 6% hydrogen peroxide.

Contact Us

Contact Rock Dental for more information on teeth whitening

Reviews

  • Sally Johnson
    It was our first visit and all the staff at Rock Dental Practice were kind, caring and helpful. Very professional... read more - 10/04/2023
  • Kate Emmerson
    Very happy with my dentist. I have been going for several years now and feel reassured by their professional... read more - 3/14/2020
  • Fiona Berry
    I am a nervous patient. I cry through the exam let alone any treatment!! Today these lovely people got me... read more - 10/03/2018
  • Jasbir Reehal
    I have been a patient for many years and would not go anywhere else, despite living some distance away. I... read more - 7/24/2019
  • Keith Dipple
    Highly professional yet with a great balance of a welcoming & relaxing atmosphere. My first treatment here was smooth... read more - 9/10/2019
  • Roop Dulai
    Great practice with very professional staff. Dr Nandra and his team always put my family at ease about trips to... read more - 7/23/2019
  • Stuart Cross
    Ultimate Halloween horror today. I went to the dentist this morning. It was a long job. I was given a... read more - 11/01/2016
  • Alan Purslow
    Having had a hard time with my last dentist I rang Rock House and was delighted that within a couple... read more - 9/06/2023
  • Kate Wakeman
    I’ve been with Rock Dental for a long time. Today I went for a review of a root canal done... read more - 12/15/2023
  • Angela Facer
    Thank you so much for today. I was so nervous and you really calmed me down and I’m so grateful... read more - 4/23/2019
  • Cesari Airlines
    positive review  I am needle phobic. The last time I saw a dentist was when God was a boy. I was seen... read more - 9/26/2019
  • Alan Mayor
    My first visit was an emergency appointment, I spoke to them on the phone at 10:30 and I had been... read more - 2/16/2019
  • Simone M
    Fantastic Dental Practice!
    Team are all lovely from the receptionist, hygienist and the dentist.
    As an anxious patient I've been reassured at...
    read more
    - 5/19/2023
  • Geneva Carney
    I am most fortunate to have Rock Dental Practice as my surgery, since the first day I walked into their... read more - 10/17/2018
  • Samantha H
    Another excellent experience. Dr Nandra, Dawn and the team are always friendly and professional and make a potentially nerve wracking... read more - 5/08/2019
  • teaguey11
    I visited recently to have my wisdom teeth removed, the procedure was quick and comfortable. The practice is extremely... read more - 7/19/2019
  • Joel Brown
    Having had bad experiences in the past I am never a regular patient. But the staff at Rock Dental really... read more - 1/06/2019
  • Scott Edge
    Friendly and professional staff make going to the dentist feel as relaxing as it can be!
    I went private after not...
    read more
    - 4/12/2023
  • Kate Smith
    positive review  The team are really friendly and very professional. A big thank you to Emily Potts and India Leo for everything... read more - 9/17/2021
  • Suki Virdi
    I came to the practice a couple of weeks ago for the first time. The staff were very professional and... read more - 7/26/2019

Contact Us

Why not leave us a few details so that we can contact you.
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
  • - Select treatment -
  • New Patient
  • Emergency
  • Checkup
  • Checkup
  • Hygienist
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Orthodontics / Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Checkup
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Skin Treatments
  • Referral
  • Other
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
Field is required!
By submitting this form you confirm that you accept the practice data privacy policy
Field is required!
Field is required!

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Saturday
Closed
woman with tooth ache needs emergency Dentist Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Emergency Dentist

Looking for a Wolverhampton Emergency Dentist? Are you experiencing a throbbing dental toothache that just won't go away? ...
Read More
Invisalign Aligner held up by man at Dentist In Wolverhampton

5 Things You Should Know About Invisalign Aligners

Invisalign clear aligners are an awesome way of straightening your teeth. They are discrete and easy to wear ...
Read More
Dentist In Wolverhampton Patient Reviews and Testimonials

Dental Practice Reviews & Testimonials

How important are dental practice reviews? Dental practice reviews matter! I would say that dental practice reviews are ...
Read More
Invisalign Invisible Braces Wolverhampton

What you can expect from Invisalign Invisible Braces

Invisible Braces and Your Smile Invisible braces change your smile. Your smile is one of the first things ...
Read More
Dental Implants In Wolverhampton Anoup Nandra

Dental Implants in Wolverhampton

Are you looking for a dental implant dentist or dental implants in Wolverhampton? Why do you want dental ...
Read More
young woman has a dental emergency toothache on a yellow background

Dental Emergency In Wolverhampton

Unfortunately, we can all have a dental emergency. Do you have a have a dental emergency in Wolverhampton, ...
Read More