Why have your teeth whitened by a professional?

The biggest message in this blog is that it, if you are thinking of having your teeth whitened, it is essential that you approach a qualified dentist or doctor – these are the only people qualified to carry out this process. Teeth whiting is a very popular cosmetic treatment in the UK, with over 100,000 people seeking treatment.



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Why is is such a big deal for teeth whitening to be professionally carried out?

You may be thinking, why is this so when there are people who have this successfully carried out and who take home kits to do this at home. The possible danger of doing this without the care of a dentist or doctor can be irrevocable to your teeth.

This is because of the process itself. Teeth whitening should never be anything other than bespoke. Here is a little bit about how we carry out teeth whitening for patients here at Cornerhouse:

  • Consultation – we invite patients to an initial consultation where we one of our highly qualified dentists will talk you through that is involved and address any questions you may have as well as any anxieties. You will also discuss what shade you would like your teeth to be.
  • Once a treatment plan has been drawn up, your dentist will take photos and impressions (moulds) of your teeth to ascertain the exact measurements needed to create your custom whitening trays via which the whitening agent will be applied.
  • The whitening trays are sent back from the lab and the first part of the whitening agent can be applied by your dentist. Your dentist will show and explain to you in detail how to apply the agent at home yourself.


Over-the-counter kits and non-professional individuals offering this treatment do not use custom made whitening trays which is what renders these type of services dangerous. The whitening agent is potentially harmful to your gums and if the trays are not a match for your teeth, the agent has a chance of leaking over the trays and onto your gums. People carrying out treatment without the right credentials are doing it illegally.

If you would like more information about cosmetic dentistry at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us.