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Teeth Whitening And Bleaching 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.

The difference between “Whitening” and “Bleaching.”

Teeth Whitening

Many patients buy whitening toothpaste believing it is an effective bleaching product. What is the difference? Until now, the term “whitening” usually means that the product removes dark deposits from the surface of teeth like sandpaper and 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 discolouration 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 patients would expect their teeth to be bleached when they use whitening products.

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

The truth is that, up to today’s date, no toothpaste will be 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, 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.

At Lighthouse Dental Practice, we are pleased to offer take-home whitening treatment as part of our range of dental treatments. Take-home whitening systems are designed to provide long-lasting and reliable results, allowing you to achieve a brighter smile conveniently and at your own pace.

The take-home whitening process begins with a consultation at our practice, where our dental professionals will assess your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for teeth whitening. If approved, we will take impressions of your teeth to create custom-fitted whitening trays specifically tailored to your smile.

Once your trays are ready, we will provide you with a professional-grade whitening gel that is safe and effective for home use. We will explain the instructions for proper application and guide you on the duration and frequency of use.

The convenience of take-home whitening lies in the flexibility it offers. You have the freedom to whiten your teeth on your own schedule and in the comfort of your home. This allows you to integrate the whitening treatment into your daily routine without the need for additional dental visits.

Our dental professionals will closely monitor your progress throughout the treatment, ensuring that you achieve the desired results safely and effectively. We will also provide guidance on maintaining your newly whitened smile and offer advice on minimising future discolouration.

At Lighthouse Dental Practice, we prioritise the satisfaction and well-being of our patients. Our take-home whitening treatment allows you to enhance the appearance of your smile with a reliable and long-lasting solution tailored to your specific needs and schedule. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about our take-home whitening options.

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