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Professional whitening more effective than DIY kits



An increased demand for whiter teeth has seen people trying many different methods to achieve the perfect smile. Shop shelves are awash with bleaching kits, whitening strips, toothpastes, and LED light kits, all promising to give you brilliantly white teeth. However, having your teeth whitened professionally, by your dentist or other qualified practitioners, is still by far the best way of achieving favourable results.

The American Dental Association (ADA) have recently released statistics that show a rapid rise in teeth whitening over the past ten years, with it now being the most requested dental procedure bar none. The ADAalso say that people using do it yourself kits could be putting themselves at risk of issues such as hypersensitivity, gum irritation, uneven whitening,enamel damage or worse.

Home whitening kits can often contain chemicals and other ingredients that are extremely harmful to teeth, with some people having severe reactions to the products. It is also said that some shop bought kits contain abrasive ingredients that are intended to erase surface stains, but instead can result in a weakened tooth surface. As professional whitening is administered by trained dental staff, not only is it more effective, it is also markedly safer.




Scarborough woman resorts to DIY dentistry after dental treatment failed



A mum from Scarborough has lost two teeth after resorting to DIY dental work, following a trip to the dentist where treatment to deal with her toothache was unsuccessful. Leanne Vickers-Dransfield, 32, ended up unconscious on her bathroom floor after she burst an abscess that was causing her agonising pain.

Leanne went to the dentist in February to have two fillings replaced but felt that the treatment had not gone perfectly and she developed pain in her jaw, as well as swelling in her face. Her dentist referred her for an x-ray and then she was given anti-inflammatories to try and ease the swelling. However, the problems continued and she was sent to A&E after being told that she may have a dental abscess. She was sent home with stronger painkillers that still did not get rid of the pain and Leanne passed out on the bathroom floor at her home after deciding to take matters into her own hands.

The young mother has since lost two teeth as a result of the ordeal and she calls it ‘unacceptable’ that so many people are suffering similar problems because of flaws in the system. A spokesperson for NHS England called the situation ‘regrettable’ and said that they would be ‘working with the services involved to determine what happened in this case.’


Woman glued her own broken teeth back in rather than visiting the dentist


A woman from Greater Manchester was so afraid of going to the dentist that she decided to stick her broken teeth back together using superglue rather than making an appointment to have them fixed professionally. Angie Barlow, 48, attempted DIY dentistry for ten years and ended up having to have most of her teeth removed as the chemicals in the glue led to 90% bone loss in her upper jaw.

Ms Barlow has now had treatment to replace her teeth with dental implants. The professional dog walker said that she was too scared to go to the dentist, despite her obvious problems, because she lost her mother to throat cancer at a young age. She explained ‘That fear has always been in the back of my mind. You just get this mind-set and you think, ‘don’t go’. You don’t make that phone call.’

After smoking for many years her teeth started to break into pieces and Ms Barlow began using superglue to try and repair the damage. She told Mailonline ‘When the tooth comes out, I just put a little bit of glue and try and hold it in place to keep it, so I don’t have a gap in my teeth. I used glue on the top of the tooth, and then I put it back in place until the glue is set.’

After having twelve new teeth placed onto six titanium implants, Ms Barlow is feeling much more confident about her smile; she says ‘It’s wonderful isn’t it, I feel amazing, and there’s no hands over my mouth or embarrassment. People have said they notice a difference in me.’

Sales of DIY dental kits on the rise


Dental kits that allow patients to carry out DIY dental work at home are becoming popular as more people look for a cheaper alternative to costly professional treatment. The kits, which include materials to carry out fillings and repair crowns, can be bought on the high street for as little as five pounds. According to The Guardian, Department for Health figures suggest that more people than ever are receiving dental treatment on the NHS but sales of products such as DenTek, a DIY repair kit, are still said to be on the rise.

John Wildman, professor of health economics at Newcastle University told the paper that people with lower income in poorer areas of the country don’t take part in surveys and don’t visit their GP’s, which is how they essentially fall through the cracks when research is carried out into DIY dentistry.

According to British Dental Health Foundation, one in five people admitted they would carry out DIY dentistry, such as extracting their own teeth, because of the cost of dental treatment.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said that ‘DIY dentistry is both dangerous and unnecessary. There are too many senseless examples of people either pulling out the wrong tooth or ending up with an infection. It is all too easy to make the problem worse, which could result in more invasive and expensive treatment.’

More people are attempting DIY dentistry because of treatment cost


According to the Sunday Express, almost a fifth of people in the UK have given up going to see their dentist due to the high prices and around a third of adults are no longer registered with an NHS clinic. Industry experts are worried that a surge in DIY dentistry could mean that patients are leaving themselves open to injury and they are at risk of dental problems that could easily be identified and treated during the early stages.

Cases that have sparked concern include that of a Gulf War veteran from Yorkshire who pulled out thirteen of his own teeth using pliers, after he developed severe toothache and could not find an NHS dentist to help him. Another instance involves a 46-year-old man from South London who had to undergo major surgery after glue he used to stick his dental crown back in caused the bone to rot beneath the gums. Dentists have also reported patients who have attempted home whitening using household cleaning products and some that are popping ulcers with pins.

Chief Dental Officer for NHS England, Barry Cockcroft, reminded patients that children get treatment for free under the NHS, as do about a third of the adult population, and added that the number of people visiting the dentist for a check-up has improved since May 2010. In reference to treatment prices, he said ‘For those who do pay, NHS dentistry charges are very simple. Anyone worried about charges should speak to their dentist, who can help them ensure their treatment is affordable. No one should feel any need to put themselves in danger by attempting their own dentistry.’

Pensioner pulls his own tooth after struggling to secure dental appointment


A 73-year-old man has been forced to pull out his own tooth after he was turned away from both private and NHS dental clinics in the Leominster area of Herefordshire. Angus Macintyre, a retired teacher, suffered with toothache for three months but managed to keep the pain under control with the help of heavy painkillers he was already taking for his arthritis. Eventually the pain became unbearable and Angus contacted several clinics in the area, only to be told that it would be at least a month until the tooth could be removed.

Angus told Mailonline that his wife spoke to several private dentists, but unfortunately they were not licensed to perform extractions. As the pain became too much, the former soldier decided it would be easier to carry out the surgery himself with a pair of pliers. He said ‘It was just a few moves inwards, then outwards, a few little cracks and clicks and then thirty seconds later it was out.’

Although dentists do not recommend trying this at home, Angus was delighted with the results, saying ‘Once the tooth was out I felt like I was floating to the ground on a parachute of euphoria.’

Shortly after the DIY extraction, Mr Macintyre tried to go to the dentist to make sure there were not going to be any complications, but again was told that it would be a long time before an appointment could be arranged. He added ‘I went with the tooth and my hole to the clinic just to have it checked over and make sure everything was okay, but they told me the wait time was about four hours – so I just left. There have been no problems since, so I must have made a decent job of it.’

Kerry Katona denies DIY Botox treatment


ITV reality star Kerry Katona has never been one to hold back when it comes to personal information, she’s known for laying everything on the table for the entertainment of the public. In the past, Kerry has admitted to using dermal fillers and spoken about her desire for a boob job, among other cosmetic enhancements, but she’s recently been at the centre of rumours concerning at-home DIY injections.

Botox treatment is very popular with men and women, but surgeons are clear that you should go to a reputable clinic and not rely on cut-price DIY products. In small amounts, the toxin is highly effective, but could be potentially fatal in the hands of the inexperienced or unqualified. Reports earlier this month suggested that the 31-year-old had undergone a series of Botox injections administered by a friend at home. At the time, she made no comment to the public or the media, but she’s spoken to OK! magazine about the gossip.

‘A few weekly mags have also printed that I’ve been using cut-price Botox kits at home!’ She told the magazine, ‘I haven’t had Botox since last January and I certainly haven’t used any DIY kits at home.’ She later added that it was flattering to think that people considered her skin to be smooth and without wrinkles, but that journalists should check their facts before printing inaccurate stories.

DIY Botox ‘poses health risk’


DIY Botox 'poses health risk'Self-administered Botox treatments should be avoided as they have the potential to cause serious damage, one expert has warned.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, president of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine Dr Teresa Cattin explained that Botox kits purchased over the internet for use at home can be counterfeit.

DIY kits bought online that have been tested by the college have been found to contain cooking oil and Dr Cattin urged those who are considering such treatments to have them administered by a specialist.

"The products we use are prescription medicines and they're prescription medicines for a reason – you only want to be injecting stuff that is tested," she was quoted as saying.

Sheena Upton, the mother who said she had given her eight-year-old daughter Botox injections at home, has now told website TMZ that she was paid to lie about the story – a claim that has been denied by the reporter involved.ADNFCR-2621-ID-800554437-ADNFCR

Actress: Teeth whitening ‘is like getting a facial’


Amanda Peet is a fan of teeth whitening.Having teeth whitening treatment has been compared to getting a facial by one actress who is a fan.

Amanda Peet, star of films such as disaster epic 2012, told Bella Sugar that having a really "stainless smile" is a more important part of the beauty process than most people give it credit for.

She explained that she has gentle teeth whitening treatment about once every three months, or whenever she is getting ready for a big event.

"If you have a date coming up or you have an event or pictures or wedding or something like that, it's a great tool to use at the last minute," Peet remarked.

People who want brighter teeth might want to avoid DIY strips after Daily Mail writer Anna Maxted described how they damaged her enamel and made her gums recede.

She had been overusing products with dangerously high chemical levels for a long period of time.

Writer reveals how DIY teeth whitening addiction damaged her smile


A writer has recalled how DIY teeth whitening stripped away her enamel.  A writer has revealed how an addiction to DIY teeth whitening left her smile permanently damaged.

In an article for the Daily Mail, Anna Maxted said she originally went to a professional to have the treatment, but was impatient with the slow results and the lack of obvious brightness.

When she discovered DIY kits, she said she became "obsessed" with them and was using them all the time, even to do the school run.

"The faster the effects, the better, as far as I was concerned," Ms Maxted commented, adding that she did not stop or even investigate when the products irritated her mouth.

She has since discovered that some of her favourite DIY kits contain chlorine dioxide – the same bleach used on swimming pools – and five times the recommended levels of other chemicals, which have permanently damaged her enamel.

Although Ms Maxted she is "no longer so keen" on DIY teeth whitening, she suggested she has not learned her lesson by admitting that she still uses the bleaching strips ahead of big occasions.

Dr Miriam Stoppard recently urged readers of the Mirror to save up for professional teeth whitening treatment that will be safe instead of trying to do it yourself.

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