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At-Home Teeth Whiteners – Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

Almost everyone wants a whiter smile and those who do probably want it now. Using over-the-counter teeth whitening products seems like the fastest way to start seeing results. There are so many products out there, however. You may well wonder whether any are truly effective and safe and how they compare with in-office whitening procedures.

Safety Concerns

For starters, at-home whiteners are safe when used by capable adults or teenagers. Children generally should not whiten. There is virtually no risk of danger within the first few uses. There are some concerns that exist in regard to the frequency of use of these whiteners.

If you simply start using these products without consulting professional assistance, then you may be apt to use them more frequently than you should. Some whiteners use abrasives to buff out stain, but these abrasives can damage the enamel and cause sensitivity. Many others use ingredients that can irritate the gums with prolonged exposure.

All office-supervised whitening procedures, on the other hand, are designed to be minimal yet effective, protect the gums, and be adjusted according to individual need.

Are They Really Effective?

Over-the-counter whitening products cannot penetrate the tooth to access stain deep within tooth enamel. They use a lower concentration of whitening ingredients so you may feel the need to use more to see results. The problem is that the more you use, the more you risk irritating your teeth or gums. However, a professional grade whitening gel can work quickly and more effectively.

Many dental offices offer professional teeth whitening as well as personalized suggestions for maintaining a stellar smile. Ask your dentist about a consultation for brightening your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

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