Everyone deserves to have a beautiful, confident and healthy smile, so it’s no wonder that there are so many at-home products on the market to help you combat yellow or stained teeth and achieve a brilliant sparkle. But there’s one teeth whitening product that has gained attention in the past decade among celebrities and social media influencers that’s a bit more high-tech and expensive: an at-home blue light or UV teeth whitening kit. Here are a few facts on the safety and effectiveness of these types of products, so you can understand how they work before considering them as an option for a whiter smile.
Is UV teeth whitening safe?
These kits are similar to a common in-practice teeth whitening treatment, where a dental professional applies a peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth and places a blue UV light over them. The light amplifies the effect of the whitening gel, this accelerates the whitening process providing greater effectiveness in a shorter period of time.
An at-home kit works via the same principle and typically instructs you to apply a whitening gel to your teeth with a pen and then use a portable LED light over your teeth for a few minutes over a period of days. These kits are a more cost-effective solution than other solutions such as whitening strips that have to be thrown away after every use.
You might be wondering: is UV teeth whitening safe? The NHS states that in-practice light-activated treatments are an option you could consider for teeth whitening. UK regulation also states that in-practice whitening done at the dentist can be done with much higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, up to 6%. This can lead to bleaching, enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.
UK at-home whitening kits are a safer alternative to in-practice whitening. This is because over the counter solutions in Europe cannot legally contain more than 0.1% peroxide. However, ensure you are shopping from trusted brands such as Colgate, as some kits sold over the internet may contain extra ingredients that could potentially be harmful.
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So, to answer the original question about the safety of UV teeth whitening, home solutions are safer than in-practice treatments when purchased from a trusted brand. Colgate’s formulas and claims are clinically backed with hydrogen peroxide concentrations at safer lower levels.
If you want to whiten at home, you’ve got options. One is to choose a toothpaste that contains a whitening ingredient, like MPS. This is present in Max White Ultimate. You can use a whitening toothpaste every day for continuous whitening that becomes part of your oral care routine – no extra steps required.
Colgate’s Max White Overnight Whitening Pen and LED Whitening Kit are other options that provide greater effectiveness than using a Whitening toothpaste. They provide greater whitening effects in a shorter period of time, are clinically tested and enamel safe. Though, if you are unsure and suffer from tooth sensitivity you should still consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the safest method for your needs. While these methods won’t be as quick as an in-practice treatment, you can take comfort in knowing that they’re safe.
The next time you notice an advertisement or celebrity endorsement for a UV teeth whitening kit from an unknown smaller brand, remember to take it with a grain of salt. With the right at-home treatment from Colgate or even treatment via your dentist, you can get the star power smile without the risk.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.