Picture this scenario : Your teeth are looking rather creamy…no wait, they’re kinda yellow because of your daily caffeine intake. You’ve tried a few whitening toothpastes but they’re not doing anything. And you’ve got away with it for so many years because you’ve learned to smile without teeth…but you’re getting married next month. You want to look your best! And that means a white smile to match your white dress. That’s it! You’re going to whiten your teeth but you’re on a tight budget with all the wedding expenses… Should you go pro and pay that little bit more or pay less and DIY and hope for the best…?
I’m your Tooth Fairy and I’m here to help!
Professional Teeth Whitening
This is when you go to a dentist and have a proper consultation to address your needs and ask the questions which Google cannot answer. You should also get an examination to see whether you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. And you should also be advised of anything else you require, e.g. fillings, scaling, etc.
If you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening, your dentist may offer you :-
1. At dental surgery, Laser whitening
2. At home whitening
3. Laser + at home whitening.
Not all dentists have laser teeth whitening equipment. What do I think about laser? (That’s another post!) For this post, I am focussed on at home whitening kits – this means that your dentist will take an impression of your teeth to make a mould to form trays which are personalised to your teeth only.
1. Professional advice and aftercare
2. Dental health will be fully assessed
3. Personalised form fitting trays
DIY Teeth Whitening
This is when you spend time Googling DIY teeth whitening websites and browsing forums and testimonials on which website to purchase from. You won’t necessarily choose the cheapest on offer…but you’ll choose a reasonably priced DIY teeth whitening kit. You will also have assessed your own teeth and decided that
you’re a dentist your teeth are fine and suitable for whitening.
1. Cheap cheap
1. You’ll get an instructional DVD or leaflet telling you how to DIY. You will need to make your own teeth whitening trays. Yes, not only will you become a dentist but you will also be a dental lab technician too! YAY! (Sarcasm intended!)
2. If anything goes wrong, the people at the website cannot help you. In fact, they’ll most likely end up telling you to “Seek professional advice. Go see a dentist!”
3. It’s against the rules of the GDC (General Dental Council)
The GDC regards tooth whitening as the practice of dentistry and has signalled that it will seek to prosecute those who are not registered and who provide tooth whitening. It has also stated that it is currently of the view that bleaching should only be carried out by dentists.
The Bottom Line
Dentists go through years of studying for a reason. Teeth are precious. I know I don’t want to lose mine! Sure, some people have “winged” it and think that they have had no problems with DIY teeth whitening…but is that because you haven’t had your regular dental examination yet?
My advice : Leave the teeth whitening to the professionals!
Have you had your teeth whitened? How was your experience? Feel free to share. I won’t judge you!
The information on this blog post is intended to be funny, yet educational. It is a general overview of a variety of topics associated with dental health. This does not in any way imply a doctor-patient relationship. The content is not intended to take the place of an examination or consultation with your dentist or other healthcare professionals. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents you read here. If in doubt, seek your own dentist for professional advice.
Professional kit is my own paid version and was made by a dental lab technician. DIY kit was provided by Mint Cosmetics UK for consideration. No endorsement of any products featured here.