Posted on 10/30/2019 by Thomas Wold, DMD
|Your teeth can stain over time from coffee, wine, cigarettes, and other products, which can affect your self-esteem and self-worth. Unfortunately, if you aren't careful, it can cause major problems with your teeth and smile.
Deciding to use over-the-counter Whiting material in place of going and having it professionally done by a dentist can lead to many oral health problems.
Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening ProductsThere has been a craze of teeth whitening products to hit the shelves. Some better than others. This includes the kinds of toothpaste, gels, mouthpieces in kits, and those squares you notice when someone's used when their pearly whites are just as bleached as their gums.
Over-the-counter whitening products reduce minor stains rather than brownish or major discoloration. These products are cheap to purchase and, while it all may seem easy and convenient, it quickly can lead to tooth damage and other oral issues.
Problems with Excessive Teeth WhiteningWhen using teeth whitening products too much, you may not even notice because it thrills you with that occasional shade of change. Even ADA approved whiteners can burn your teeth. Some other problems when you use too much of a whitening product start with causing your teeth to retain a translucent appearance instead of a white one.
This causes them to appear discolored as well as retain discoloration quickly. The loss of tooth enamel is the most dangerous. When you lose your enamel your teeth are defenseless against bacteria and plaque attacking your teeth. It quickly results in cavities and problems down in your gum line.
Home kits are limited to 6% hydrogen peroxide. Our in-office bleaching provides dental supervision, meaning we can apply mixtures of 30% hydrogen peroxide and sodium bicarbonate. In one sitting, we can reapply the mixture 4-5 times. Your teeth will whiten to a shade that would take 4-6 months carefully doing it at home. It is also will be much safer in the hands of an experienced professional.
Keep in mind that professional whitening services results also last much longer, so you will not need to have whitening treatments done as often. Call us today to schedule an appointment, and we can safely get you to where you are going in a safe and effective manner.