Teeth whitening is a job for a dental professional


Posted 6th August 2018

There are many ways to whiten your teeth but the only safe and effective way to get whiter teeth is by using a dental professional.


We regularly read stories in the news like these about the horror of teeth whitening going wrong when it’s not carried about by a dentist.



This is from the BBC Website and recently the Derby Telegraph reported that a Derby man was orderd to pay more than £7,000 by the courts after being found guilty of illegal tooth whitening.  


A survey from 2013 reported some worrying figures.  More than one in four people (28 per cent) would not go to the dentist for their tooth whitening treatment – preferring to buy home kits over the internet or visit beauticians and kiosks instead. When asked who is qualified to carry out the treatment, 25 per cent of people believed beauty kiosk staff and beauticians can do so.

Now for the facts. Since 2012, it’s illegal for anyone other than dentists or their teams to carry out teeth whitening. Anyone else offering teeth whitening (e.g. beauticians, hairdressers, and salon staff) might not have the right training and knowledge. They could permanently damage your teeth and gums and probably can’t help you when something goes wrong.


You can buy whitening kits over the counter or through the internet, but legally these can only contain up to 0.1 per cent hydrogen peroxide. This concentration is too low to have any real effect on the colour of your teeth.


Teeth whitening is safe and effective, but only if it’s done by a dental professional. We will discuss your options and help you decide on a safe treatment plan. We will check whether you might be allergic to the ingredients used, can use a colour chart to help predict the results, and compare them with the actual results when you’re finished.


The British Dental Association have a useful web page with more information.


We’d love you to have a great smile this summer, so be safe and use a dentist for your teeth whitening.  You can contact us to find out more about our treatment packages.