We all want perfect, shining white teeth. There are many options for at-home whitening. There are many trends in whitening, as well as take-home kits available. Unfortunately, there are also many dangers that can occur when using whitening treatments at home. Knowing the dangers can help you make an informed decision regarding the best whitening solution for you.
Take-Home Whitening Kits
Take-home whitening kits can be obtained at most drug stores. These dangers refer specifically to the ones that are not obtained from your dental office, as the kits dental offices provide are carefully formulated to protect your teeth. There is a delicate balance between too much chemical and not enough. A pre-mixed solution may not have enough chemical to be effective, but too much can damage your teeth.
In store-bought whitening kits, the trays aren’t custom made. This may cause inconsistent whitening, especially because the solution won’t get between the teeth.
Too strong chemicals can damage the enamel of your teeth. Enamel can’t be restored after it has been lost, so it is important to protect it while you can.
Exacerbate Oral Health Problems
A dentist will be able to check if you have any current oral health problems that may be damaged with at-home whitening methods. Existing health problems combined with whitening solutions can damage the roots of your teeth, as well as cause many other oral health problems.
An improper balance of chemicals can increase overall tooth sensitivity. This can make it difficult to eat or drink specific foods or beverages.
Lemon juice is commonly claimed as an ideal teeth whitening solution. This applies a harsh acid directly to the teeth, which attacks the enamel of the teeth and wears it away. Lemon juice is never a good solution for whitening your teeth.
Charcoal toothpaste is another common whitening trend. It may contain abrasive articles that can scratch the surface of your teeth. This can wear down the enamel easily.
The safest method for teeth whitening is an in-office professional tooth whitening procedure. If this isn’t feasible, you should consult your dentist prior to doing your own tooth whitening. They will be able to inform you of any existing oral health problems and advise you on the best way to do it. They may even offer safer take-home whitening kits. To learn more about your teeth whitening options, contact us at Bismarck Advanced Dental and Implants today!