If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, you may consider teeth whitening to get a brighter and more beautiful smile. But, with so many contradicting opinions on the internet, you may have some concerns now about the safety of teeth whitening procedures and may wonder if they can damage the enamel.
Here's what you need to know.
A 2019 study found that the hydrogen peroxide found in the teeth whitening strips of trays that you can buy over-the-counter can affect dentin. The dentin is the hard tissue located underneath the enamel.
However, no one knows for sure if the damage is long-term or if the effects can be reversed once you stop using teeth bleaching products. Moreover, it's also hard to tell how the bleaching agent will exactly affect your teeth as tests weren't done on live subjects, but on lab teeth.
If you are not comfortable with using over-the-counter bleaching products, then it would be best to schedule an appointment with your dentist for a teeth whitening session. The dentist will first examine your teeth to make sure you have no cavities and you are a good candidate for teeth whitening. Then, they will shield your gums, cheeks, and lips with rubber to protect them from the bleaching agent.
Professional teeth whitening also uses laser or UV light to activate the bleaching agent. That makes it both safer and more effective.
If you would rather use over-the-counter teeth whitening products, then here are some tips to keep in mind:
Prevention is often the best course of action. To prevent your teeth from staining, make sure to:
At Great Bay Orthodontics, you will receive quality dental services in a serene and modern environment. From routine checks to teeth whitening and orthodontic treatments, we offer a wide variety of services. We also make sure to personalize each treatment to the needs of our patients.
If you want to book an appointment with us, then all you have to do is go to our contact page and get in touch with us.