Yellow or stained teeth? Whitening could be the solution you are looking for
Do you know what dental treatment usually leads the list of the most requested? Teeth whitening, especially in summer. In fact, the treatments that lead the list of the most demanded by patients are those related to dental aesthetics and not hygiene.
MouthHealthy.org, the dental guide for patients of the American Dental Association, explains on its website that when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked users what they would improve their smile, the majority response was “whiter teeth.” On the other hand, the American Association of Orthodontists has confirmed that 90% of patients demand tooth whitening at the dentist.
If you are a habitual resident in the United Kingdom, you should be made aware that the British National Health Service, NHS, does not cover this service unless it is necessary for health reasons. More specifically, they explain that “you can only have your teeth whitened on the NHS if there is a medical reason for it. For example, this might be to lighten teeth that have discoloured because the nerve has died. Otherwise, teeth whitening by a dentist or other dental professional can only be done privately because it is considered to be a cosmetic treatment. Costs vary and laser whiten-ing is more expensive than professional bleaching.”
As they explain, the option in the case of an aesthetic treatment will be to go to a private clinic. The average price in the UK ranges from 310 to 580 pounds, de-pending on the procedure; while the average price in Spain ranges from 100 to 400 euros.
What is tooth whitening?
According to the NHS, “teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth to make them lighter. It cannot make your teeth brilliant white, but it can lighten the existing colour by several shades “; and MouthHealthy adds: “Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the colour less concentrated and your teeth brighter .”
The fact that it is such a demanding treatment has led to the appearance of a huge variety of remedies to do it from home, and therefore specialists like the NHS warn that the “teeth whitening is a form of dentistry and should only be carried out by a dentist or another regulated dental professional, such as a dental hygienist or dental therapist, on the prescription of a dentist. Some beauty salons offer teeth whitening, but this is illegal if there is no dental professional present, and it may be your oral health at risk. You can also buy DIY home teeth whitening kits but these may also carry risks”.
But what are those risks that the NHS talks about? Artedental clinic, located in Puerto de la Cruz, has launched this summer a dental cleaning offer (60 euros) with free dental whitening. All a bargain if you take into account that the price of whitening they are offering is 120 euros. Its specialists tell us the risks of the practice of whitening at home or in non-specialised places.
“On the one hand, we risk that the products used do not contain the necessary amou-nt of bleaching products, but even worse is that the splints do not fit in the mouth, and therefore the effect of the bleaches affects the gums or the interior from the mouth, causing abrasion and sen-sitivity, “says Víctor Cubillo, director of Artedental.