Although the modern methods of teeth whitening available in Derby have only been developed in recent times, the practice of brightening teeth has been around for over 4000 years. Ancient Egyptians used to use pumice stone ground up with vinegar to whiten their teeth, while the Romans used urine! Barbers in the 17th century were paid to apply acid to the teeth of their customers, while at the beginning of the 19th century, excessive fluoride was used to stain teeth a lighter shade.

With their emphasis on being health and safety conscious, the tooth whitening products available from professional cosmetic dentists in Derby today, have never been so safe. However, that hasn’t stopped some terrible ideas from gaining traction in the public imagination this year.

A current DIY cosmetic trend involves whitening your teeth, by rubbing them with a charcoal mixture. YouTube star, Mama Nature, championed this surprising method, which turns your teeth black, before making them whiter. Her argument for her product’s effectiveness was the absorbency of the charcoal. The charcoal, she said, would absorb the stains your teeth have accumulated.

Rubbing your teeth with charcoal is not recommended by dentists. This action will remove your tooth enamel and cause untold damage, which is likely to result in costly dental bills in the future. In response to the charcoal rubbing trend, the American Dental Association had to step in and warn the general public about charcoal’s abrasive properties.

Once the enamel on your teeth has been worn away, it won’t grow back, was their message. Another point that spokesperson, Susan Maples, made was that the more you strip away the enamel, the darker your tooth colour will naturally become.

Tooth whitening methods in Derby

If your teeth are stained or discoloured, we can brighten them significantly in our Derby practice, using very effective, safe methods. To begin with we will examine your teeth to ensure you have no underlying dental health problems. Then we will give your teeth an air polish, so that they are primed to give you optimal results when the whitening gel we use is applied.

We offer both in- surgery treatment and home kits, which you can take away and apply at your leisure. Both methods will involve custom mouth trays, made from impressions taken of your mouth, to ensure maximum comfort. Both methods involve minimal risks, but provide predictable, effective results. You will have a much whiter, more flattering smile, designed to give you increased confidence in your appearance.

If you’d like you teeth whitened, but you’d like to get a few more facts, why not give our friendly, professional team at the Raynesway practice in Derby a call? We’ll be happy to discuss your options and schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. By the end of the week, you could have replaced your discoloured smile, with a brighter, whiter, happier grin. Please get in touch.