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Safe Laser Teeth Whitening at Reva Dental

At Reva Dental Kilkenny we often see patients in the clinic who, despite having no major dental issues, are unhappy with the shade and appearance of their teeth.

Past use of certain oral antibiotics, as well as lifestyle habits like smoking, frequent coffee drinking or regular amounts of red wine stain teeth and leave them looking grey or yellow.

Things have changed quite a bit over the last 2 years when it comes to brightening your smile! Laser teeth whitening has become a thing of the past, as changes to the law now limit the strength of the hydrogen peroxide gel that can be administered to 6% and also mean that now only a dentist can dispense this to you.

For you this means that the safest and most effective way to whiten your smile is to use a home whitening kit, with specially made trays to deliver the whitening gel to the right areas and protect your tissues.

After careful research on safety and patient satisfaction we offer the market leading Zoom! whitening system to restore your smile and your confidence.

Zoom! Home Whitening

Zoom! NiteWhite is one of the best home whitening systems on the market globally, and gives a natural white smile in seven to fourteen days. It’s safe and comfortable, and people are delighted with the results.

Unregulated home whitening systems are never recommended by dentists, as they can damage your gums and your enamel.

Zoom! NiteWhite contains amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP); clinically proven to reduce sensitivity, protect enamel and help improve the lustre and smoothness of the teeth. Your dentist at Reva Dental will take impressions of your teeth to make a perfect moulded tray, tailored specifically for your teeth and gum line.

Every day you apply a little of the whitening solution into your dental tray, and as it fits over your teeth perfectly, the solution only comes into contact with the teeth and no damage is done to your delicate gum tissue.

Zoom! Home Whitening kits come in a variety of strengths and concentrations to suit your requirements; the tray can be worn at any time of the day that suits you and you’ll notice the difference after only a couple of uses.

For more information and to see prices for Zoom! Teeth Whitening Systems, see or call (056) 7763786 to schedule your appointment.

New Regulations on Teeth Whitening

The Irish Dental Association welcomes the passing of a directive from the EU Council regulating the use of Hydrogen Peroxide (October 2012), the chemical used in tooth-whitening products.

It prohibits the use of products that contain over 6% of hydrogen peroxide, and stipulates that for products containing between 0.1% – 6% of hydrogen peroxide, a dentist must perform an oral exam and carry out the first treatment.

This means that tooth-whitening using hydrogen peroxide of a strength over 0.1% cannot be carried out at a beauty salon or other premises, and must be administered by a qualified dentist.

Why Legislate for the Use of Hydrogen Peroxide?

As the active ingredient in tooth whiteners, hydrogen peroxide is very active and can potentially cause harm if used incorrectly, or in too high a measure.

You will damage your enamel and your gums if the solution you use is too strong, and different people require different strengths of product.

Why Do I Need a Dentist to Carry Out Treatment?

Tooth-whitening is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. You need an oral examination to make sure your teeth and gums are suitable for use of the whitening product, and that use of hydrogen peroxide won’t cause you damage.

Once your dentist has carried out an exam, and administered the first treatment with correct monitoring of the patient’s response, a patient can then continue with, for example, a home whitening treatment at the strength and frequency advised by the dentist.

In all cases people must be over 18 to use these products.

What about Different Types of Whiteners?

It will still be permissible to use products with up to 18% Carbamide peroxide (CP)

(As a rule of thumb, if you divide the CP % content by a factor of 3 you obtain the % of active Hydrogen Peroxide (HP)



Tooth whitening products containing up to 0.1% of hydrogen peroxide will continue to be made available to consumers on the market, as the strength is not sufficient to cause damage.

Read more here: New Regulations on Tooth Whitening

Call Reva Dental Kilkenny on 056 7763786 today to book your teeth whitening appointment and get the smile you’ve always wants

Best Celebrity Smile Makeovers

The A-List in Hollywood is filled with beautiful people – and the ‘Hollywood smile’ is famous around the world as an essential facet of red carpet beauty. If you look through magazines you will see regular reference to the best celebrity smile makeovers, showing amazing cosmetic dental work. However while many celebrities have had extensive dental work, many appearing in those lists have only had minor changes made to their teeth.

The important thing to remember is that a good dentist will know what will work: and that in many cases a small change can make a BIG difference. Our dental professionals here at Crescent Dental have taken a look at some well-known celebs to see what kind of work may have transformed their smiles!


One of the best examples of a celebrity smile makeover is Tom Cruise. In his early career he didn’t exactly have the movie star smile and  by his own admission this came between him and certain film roles. Tom suffered from overcrowding and his teeth were quite badly misaligned. Some basic cleaning procedures, a few veneers and a few months of invisible braces ensure a now bright happy and confident smile. If you suffer from overcrowding, 6 month braces are a fantastic and time-effective option that you should consider to improve your smile.

zacZacEfron is another celeb who has had some wonderful results with cosmetic dentistry. As a teenager he had a gap between his two front teeth, now they are perfectly aligned. He had Invisible braces which helped to pull his teeth together and give him a more ‘adult’ smile. Tooth whitening was also used to help brighten up Zac’s new smile.



victoriaVictoria Beckham had a fantastic celebrity smile makeover. Her teeth were crooked and she had a gap at the front of her teeth. Victoria looks like she has had some porcelain veneers on her front smile line and some tooth whitening sessions to brighten up her smile.



georgeGeorge Clooney has always been a big hit with the ladies but his smile was far from perfect many moons ago! A chronic teeth grinding habit (bruxism) left George with tiny stubs for teeth. Porcelain veneers were used to lengthen the teeth that Clooney had ground down and gum-lasering was carried out to expose more of his natural teeth.



cherylCheryl Cole had quite crooked teeth and she had pointed incisors that were quite fang-like. Her teeth were straightened and the ‘fangs’ were reshaped to give her a more beautiful smile. Whitening was also carried out on her stained teeth and she now has some dazzling white porcelain veneers to give her that perfect Hollywood smile.

For all of the non-celebs among us, teeth cleaning and whitening can dramatically change your smile. Techniques like cosmetic bonding and 6 month braces can really change your whole looks and the costs are a lower than you might expect nowadays as cosmetic dentistry is becoming more common. Talking to a good dentist will help you find the most effective way of getting that perfect smile you are looking for!