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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth Whitening

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  1. Teeth whitening was invented in the 1960s by a dentist called William Klusmier, after he had instructed a patient to use an antiseptic called carbamide peroxide to help his gums heal. The patient used the antiseptic with an orthodontic positioner overnight and when he returned to the dentist, it was found that in addition to helping his gums heal, it had also made his teeth whiter
  2. According the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD), throughout the entire population of the UK, 17% of all women and 12% of all men have had their teeth whitened.
  3. An EU Directive that came into force at the end of October 2012 stated that teeth whiten ing is a practice of dentistry and may only be undertaken by qualified dental professionals. It is now illegal for non-dental professionals to carry out teeth whitening procedures.
  4. Most teeth whitening procedures use 22% carbamide peroxide which is completely safe for you and your teeth as long as your dentist or dental health professional has checked you and your mouth to ensure your dental and gum health is good.
  5. The results of a recent study by independent researchers found that participants were more likely to be hired (58%) and received larger salary offers (53%) after their teeth had been whitened.
  6. Techniques are now available to help reduce the amount of sensitivity that some individuals experience when whitening their teeth.
  7. Teeth Whitening can be done in your sleep with custom made trays.
  8. Teeth whitening can lighten your teeth by up to ten shades depending on the nature and severity of your teeth colour to begin with.
  9. Teeth whitening is one of the cheapest ways of improving your appearance and boosting your self-confidence.
  10. Teeth whitening is completely conservative and no healthy tooth tissue is removed in the process (unlike crowns and veneers) which means that your teeth remain structurally undamaged.
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