Teeth Whitening And Bleaching In Ipswich

Difference between “whitening” and “bleaching”

Teeth whitening

Many patients buy whitening toothpaste in the belief that it is an effective bleaching product. What is the difference? Until now, usually, the term “whitening” meant that the product removes dark deposits from the surface of teeth like a sandpaper removes an old layer of paint. In doing so, it appears that it makes the teeth whiter. In fact, it only removes a layer of superficial discoloration without any deep bleaching effect.

Bleaching means that the tooth becomes whiter in depth and after the procedure it will end up whiter than the original natural shade. Most patient would expect bleaching when they use whitening products.

Please see the explanations below:

Whitening

Original Natural shade of teeth

SHADE A2

Some extra environmental stains from food and drink

Teeth end up darker. Some stains are deposited on the tooth surface and some penetrate deeper

SHADE A4

Use of whitening products

END RESULT

Teeth lose some surface staining and become whiter but not whiter than they were originally.

SHADE A3

Bleaching

Original Natural shade of teeth

SHADE A2

Some extra environmental stains from food and drink

Teeth end up darker. Some stains are deposited on the tooth surface and some penetrate deeper

SHADE A4

Use of reliable bleaching products

END RESULT

Teeth become whiter than the original shade

SHADE A1

What patients expect when they read “whitening” is actually “bleaching”.

The truth is that up to date, no toothpaste is very effective at bleaching teeth. The effect is very marginal and the process is very slow. To do effective bleaching at home in a reasonable time (1-3 weeks) you would need a bleaching procedure performed by a dental professional.

There are some very good products for bleaching teeth but in order to persuade you, some manufacturers promise you “nine shades whiter” or similar offers. Nine shades whiter than what? Unless they state which shade guide they use to make their claims, these claims are useless.

Furthermore, whatever you do, do not use any Internet products or cures seen on YouTube until you have asked your dentist!!! Never use an acid like lemon juice, lime juice or vinegar to bleach your teeth. You will lose dental enamel and you will destroy your teeth!!!

So, again, to save yourself some disappointment, if in doubt, ask the professionals here at Lighthouse Dental in Ipswich. Remember, teeth are live structures with a living nerve inside. They are not like a strand of hair.

To bleach teeth legally in the UK you need to be a trained dentist, hygienist or dental therapist and be registered with the General Dental Council.