Safety of In-Home Whitening Treatments
At-home whitening treatments are popular. They use a mild form of peroxide to gently bubble away stains and lighten the color of your teeth. The most common side effect of at-home bleaching is considered sensitivity, but overusing these products or using them inappropriately can result in other unwanted effects.
1. Enamel damage
Products that contain large amounts of hydrogen peroxide can damage the enamel on your teeth. This is more common if the products are used too frequently or too long.
2. Gum irritation
The acidity in at-home whitening products tends to be high. If the mouth trays are not properly adjusted to your teeth or the bleaching agent otherwise comes into contact with your gums, the soft tissue can be left feeling raw or irritated.
3. Uneven results
While you may not experience damage, the results may also not be what you want. People who have deep discolorations due to fluorosis or antibiotic use, visible restorations, or other issues may find that their teeth end up looking more mottled or discolored than before the whitening treatment, which can lead to even more self-consciousness.
For the best results, patients are encouraged to seek professional advice before undergoing any whitening procedure. We can help you locate the best OTC or professional whitening system for your needs and recommend other treatments when appropriate. Some patients may not be candidates for whitening but may still have other cosmetic options that can leave their teeth looking amazing. Give us a call today to learn more about teeth whitening or to schedule an appointment with our team.