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Is At-Home Teeth Whitening Safe?

Is At Home Teeth Whitening SafeAt-home teeth whitening products typically use hydrogen peroxide as their bleaching agent. Peroxide lightens the teeth by breaking down stains into smaller molecules. Teeth are left looking whiter and brighter after whitening. When used exactly as recommended on appropriate candidates, over-the-counter whitening products are generally considered safe. The most common side effects associated with teeth whitening include tooth sensitivity and soft tissue irritation.

Is At-Home Teeth Whitening Safe?

Currently, many types of OTC tooth whitening products are available, including whitening toothpaste, mouthwashes, whitening strips, and gel whiteners that can be painted onto teeth or applied using a mouth tray. Some of them contain high concentrations of bleaching agents that can actually damage teeth. Others can be highly acidic and cause sores or damage to the cheeks, gums, lips, or tongue. When used too frequently or too long, bleaching products can demineralize the enamel on your teeth, which leads to teeth looking blue or even more yellow as the dentin shows through.

If you choose to use an OTC whitening product, you should first schedule a checkup to ensure you are a good candidate and that you are using the best product for your teeth. Next, follow all instructions on your kit to reduce the risk of side effects or complications. Finally, do not use the bleaching product for longer than recommended.

Professional whitening may be another option. Professional whitening can often be completed in a single appointment. Professional products use highly concentrated bleaching agents under the supervision of a dental professional and are less likely to result in damage or irritation. Call our office today to learn more about bleaching options or to schedule your appointment.

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