Healthy white teeth allow you to look younger and attractive, but do-it-yourself whitening may come with some risks. Most DIY whitening methods may be effective depending on what caused the staining or discoloration. Also, the efficacy of these teeth whitening methods depends on how carefully you follow the instructions and the desired whitening level.
Teeth Whiteners Have Active Ingredients
All teeth whitening products have active ingredients like carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is considered a stronger ingredient. Again, whitening products have a shorter shelf-life. Therefore, you need to check their expiry date before purchasing them. Using these whitening products allows you to get about one to three shades. These products include bleach trays, whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, and paint-on liquids.
Teeth Whiteners Don't work on Restorations
DIY teeth whitening methods or products do not work for porcelain veneers, dental crowns, bonding materials, or bridges. You need to be careful when whitening your teeth so that you only whiten to the shade of restoration and dental work.
Whitening Products Can Erode the Enamel
At concentrations of higher than 10 percent, hydrogen peroxide whitening products can potentially be corrosive to the mucous membranes, the skin, and can cause tissue damage or burning sensation. Also, whitening products with hydrogen peroxide of more than 10 percent or carbamide peroxide of more than 35 percent, can cause gum and teeth sensitivity and have the potential to damage the gum tissue and the root surfaces.
If you want to brighten your teeth in the safest and easiest way possible, you may consider professional tooth whitening. There are also at-home tooth whitening methods that our prosthodontist can provide you to help brighten your teeth. Visit our dental office today for a consultation about our teeth whitening procedures. We will help determine what procedures and products work for you and tell you why DIY whitening isn't always the best choice.
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