Teeth Whitening Options

Taking a look at the various methods of teeth whitening currently available.

Having teeth whitened is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure currently offered at dental practices throughout the country.

One of the main reasons for this is that the results can be spectacular as well as instant and affordable.

Most of us would, perhaps, ideally like to have a smile that is whiter than it currently is, especially as we get older and the inner parts of our teeth naturally darken. Because of the demand for this, there are now a number of ways that teeth can be whitened and we take a look at these below.


Do a quick search on Google and you will see that quite a few people are looking for ways to naturally whiten their teeth. The reality of this though is that any results obtained are likely to be very limited indeed, and, in some cases, the suggested methods can actually be harmful to teeth. A good example of this is where lemon juice is suggested as a tooth whitener. Whilst this may help to remove some of the surface stains, it won’t affect the inner part of the tooth and its high acidity can also damage the enamel of the tooth.

Whitening toothpastes

One of the most common questions we get asked at the Cygnet Dental Practice is how effective these are. The truth is that whilst they can have a role in keeping already white teeth ‘topped up’, they are relatively ineffective otherwise. The reason for this is that, as toothpastes are common household items, there is a very low limit on the whitening ingredient that is allowed in this product. Whilst this does make it safe, it also renders it relatively ineffective and any results seen are likely to be minor.

Home whitening kits

These can be obtained from any chemist and even some supermarkets. They offer trays into which the whitening ingredient is placed, and the trays then worn at home for a period of time. The level of whitening ingredient allowed in these is significantly higher than in the toothpastes and therefore better results can be expected. There are dangers to using this method though, and even if you buy a reputable brand, the reality is that the trays are a ‘one size fits all’ variety and may fit better on some people than others.

Whilst a lack of comfort might also be noticed, the key issue here is that ill fitting trays can cause the whitening ingredient to leak out onto the lips and gums, causing painful burns in some cases.

Professional whitening

At the Cygnet Dental Practice, we would always recommend that our dental patients from the Wickford and general Essex area, use our own professional whitening treatment. Like home whitening kits, we offer trays for home whitening. Unlike the ones purchased off the shelf though, our trays are designed for each individual patient following impressions. This ensures that the fit is not only comfortable but also that, used correctly, there will be no leakage of the whitening ingredient.

As this teeth whitening procedure will be professionally supervised, the strength of the whitening ingredient is also allowed to be much higher, leaving the patient with a safe procedure that will produce better results than other available methods.

If you would like to talk to us about having your teeth whitened at a Wickford cosmetic dentist, please call our receptionists on 01268 733078.