Teeth whitening is the world’s most popular cosmetic dentistry treatment. In Camden, teeth whitening is also very popular. But why? What makes this the treatment that more people choose over any other? It’s because this is a simple and flexible treatment that can be done on very short notice for special occasions, or slowly over time when planning is an option.
In the UK, it is illegal to have teeth whitening from anyone who is not a dental professional. In Camden, teeth whitening is available from dentists such as Ace Dental.
The science behind how teeth whitening works
The active ingredient in teeth whitening treatment is hydrogen peroxide, which older people will remember as a hair bleaching agent back in the earlier decades of the 20th century. But it is more than that, it is a safe, simple molecule of 2 parts hydrogen to 2 parts oxygen, H2O2. Hydrogen peroxide was discovered in 1818 by Louis Jacques Thénard. It can be used as a bleach, a disinfectant, and even to oxygenate plant roots.
When it is applied to tooth enamel it gets into the enamel and lifts out surface stains. In Camden, teeth whitening is available is a DIY home kit or as a treatment in the dental clinic.
In-clinic teeth whitening
This is the treatment for people with a short-notice special occasion who want to look great. A wedding, maybe TV appearances, or special parties where there will be lots of pictures taken for posterity, all the kind of thing that people get in-clinic teeth whitening for. The treatment takes about an hour, with the gel applied to the teeth after the gums and lips have been protected with barriers. The gel is more concentrated and can lighten teeth by several shades in a very short time.
At-home teeth whitening
This takes a lot longer because the home-use whitening gel has much lower concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. The patient comes in to get bespoke mouth trays made and then wears them at night, loaded with gel, or for several hours during the day. Treatment takes about 2 weeks.
Teeth whitening is not a permanent fix but can last longer by avoiding foods and drinks that strongly stain, as well as reducing or quitting smoking.