New Year, New You - but don’t take the risk for a whiter smile

New Year, New You - but don’t take the risk for a whiter smile

As people in the UK go to new lengths to get the Hollywood smile, mydentist urges patients to think safe and speak to us about our professional whitening treatments, instead of taking the risk with somebody unregistered to do so.

Everybody wants a whiter smile, but there is little understanding of what actually works, and who can perform whitening. By law, only dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists and clinical dental technicians (working to the prescription of a dentist) can carry out tooth whitening; however the GDC are prosecuting an alarming number of non-registrants for the illegal practice of dentistry.

At mydentist we have over 70 practices who offer our Phillips Zoom in-surgery whitening - the USA’s number one whitening treatment. This one hour treatment whitens up to six shades, and uses a special formulation that is proven to reduce tooth sensitivity – a common side effect with a number of other whitening treatments.

Home tooth whitening kits (shop bought) are also a popular choice, and it’s no surprise that the cheap prices and ‘Hollywood smile’ advertising attracts customers - some shop bought whitening kits on the shelves and online advertise to whiten your teeth by up to a possible 12 shades. However, many kits available only contain 0.1% peroxide, which is too little to be effective at all.

In an Independent study commissioned by the General Dental Council, one in five people said they would choose a beauty clinic, salon or other location, or home tooth whitening kit as their option for whitening. Our very own non-executive director and former Chief Dental Officer for NHS England, Barry Cockcroft says: “It’s really vital that patients wishing to whiten their teeth realise that it must be carried out by a registered dental professional.”

Our practices are very passionate about safe and effective teeth whitening, that’s why we only offer the best. Before a practice can offer Zoom, our dentists are trained to use the Phillips Zoom lamps to ensure our patients are in the best hands.

Interested in finding out more? Take a look at our Zoom map to find your nearest Zoom practice!

Our Colgate whitening bundle is also still on sale at the amazing price of £34.99 in all mydentist practices. 

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