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Cheap tooth whitening could damage the teeth


According to a leading cosmetic dentist, cheap DIY whitening could be permanently damaging to teeth if the enamel is exposed too often; some products are so harsh that they strip away the enamel, leaving the teeth looking dull and brown.

Ken Harris, a leading cosmetic dentist spoke to mailonline about the problems associated with cheap whitening kits and warned that enamel does not grow back once it has worn away. Tooth whitening is an extremely popular procedure but with prices as high as £700, people are looking for ways to improve their teeth without spending too much money. Dr Harris said ‘People want white teeth and will move hell and high water in an attempt to get them.’

According to the dentist, kits sold in chemists are not likely to be dangerous as they are not lawfully allowed to include hydrogen peroxide, but they won’t be particularly effective either due to the lack of bleach. Some people choose to use home remedies to whiten their teeth, such as strawberries or lemon juice, but this can damage the enamel as the acid eats away at the tooth minerals – not to mention that it is not likely to whiten the enamel noticeably anyway.

Praise for cosmetic dentist


Internet make-up entrepreneur Lauren Luke has thanked the cosmetic dentist who helped perfect her smile.

She thanked Dr Ken Harris of Riveredge Cosmetic Dentistry surgery in Sunderland for helping her overcome her teeth issues.

Ms Luke has become a global internet sensation through her make-up tutorials posted on YouTube and noted she would not have had the confidence to make the videos had it not been for the work carried out by Dr Harris.

Dr Harris, who has surgeries in Sunderland and Newcastle, added: "We are all delighted that Lauren has done so well and that we’ve played a part in that – and the fact that’s she’s included us in her book is fantastic."

Elsewhere, Dr Anoop Maini of Aqua Dental Spa recently noted Britons are becoming more worried about stained teeth and as such, there has been an increase in the number of people seeking out teeth whitening treatments.

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