Are ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Whitening Treatments For You?

Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 5:25 pm

With so many inexpensive “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) whitening treatments available, many people now bypass professional whitening treatments with their dentists to rid themselves of any stains or imperfections. Although many home whitening kits, gels, and strips, are safe to use, they are not the always the best option.

Let’s take a look at the most important things to know before using a DIY whitening treatment.

  • Poor dental health? Then at-home whitening treatments are likely not for you. Only use an at-home treatment if you already have relatively good dental health. If you have dental issues such as receding gums, cavities, or sensitive oral tissue, these issues can be further aggravated by using a bleaching treatment.
  • Read the labels. Many DIY whitening treatments contain high amounts of bleach and peroxide. High concentrations of these chemicals can cause irritation to the gums, as well as tooth enamel erosion. These chemicals are most commonly found in inexpensive whitening treatments, so it is important to buy a product from a reputable company or brand that you trust.
  • Use strips, not trays. Most home whitening kits come with dental trays that do not adhere poorly to your teeth. The chemical solution can easily leak out of these trays, and into your mouth. Swallowing bleach or peroxide can be extremely hazardous to your health, not to mention damaging to your mouth. Using dental whitening strips, which adhere to the teeth more firmly to the teeth, are usually a better option than a whitening tray.
  • Do not use if you are pregnant. Pregnant women are advised not to use home whitening procedures. It is almost always inevitable that the some chemicals in the kits will be swallowed during use, and these chemicals can be extremely dangerous and cause unknown risks to the fetus.
  • ‘Old fashioned treatments’ are still effective. Perhaps the safest way to whiten your teeth at home is simply by brushing. Most toothpastes now contain whitening agents, which buff away surface stains, leaving your teeth white and smooth. Baking soda is also an an effective home whitening treatment.

Home whitening treatments can be effective, and are typically an inexpensive solution. However, the safest and most effective way to obtain a vibrant, stain-free smile is to have a whitening treatment done by a trained professional.

Teeth Whitening in Toccoa

If you want to learn more about teeth whitening and find out if it is right for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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