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Can Teeth Whitening Damage My Teeth?

17 November 2017

Everyone strives to have pearly whites. A beautiful white smile is sure to be the first thing you notice about someone and sparkly white teeth can boost anyone’s confidence. But however much we’d all love natural white teeth that don’t fade, the modern diet can wreak havoc on our teeth in terms of colour and general health.

Tea, coffee, alcohol, sweet treats and acidic fruits are among some of the most common foods and drinks we consume that can discolour teeth. Habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco can also be detrimental if you want to keep your teeth looking bright and white.

Although brushing twice a day using whitening toothpastes can help enhance the colour of your teeth, people all over the country are looking for a more effective solution to restoring their teeth to pearly white glory.

That solution is, of course, professional teeth whitening.

Tooth whitening isn’t just for vanity or Hollywood celebrities. If you are not feeling confident in your smile because of discolouration, spots or uneven colouring, a professional tooth whitening treatment can quickly give you a reason to smile with confidence again. 

 

Wait, won’t teeth whitening damage my teeth?

Perhaps the most common question patients have when they first visit to enquire about teeth whitening is: will it damage my teeth? And it’s completely understandable to have that concern. Sure, you want your teeth to look good cosmetically but not at the expense of long-term issues with oral hygiene.

Similar to bleaching your hair, small amounts of peroxide from a reputable source, are safe when used as directed. Decades of research has proven teeth whitening treatments to be safe and all tooth whitening gels on the market have been subject to rigorous standard testing.

Before you are assigned a home whitening kit, the dentist will examine your mouth to ensure the treatment is right for you. Additionally, only registered dental professionals are legally allowed to use the whitening chemical in effective dosages. With extensive training and experience, teeth whitening is an easy process when carried out by a trained professional. Your certified dentist will also train you on how to use the home teeth whitening kit so you will know how much solution to apply to the mould and how long to leave it on for.

The only thing you may notice when whitening your teeth is that they may become sensitive during the process. This is normal but if it persists, your dentist is always on hand to give you advice. Most dentists even provide you with a follow-up appointment to ensure the process went smoothly. 

In the event that you have gum disease, particularly sensitive teeth, worn enamel, or are allergic to certain products, then your dentist may recommend that you are not suitable for tooth whitening so as to prevent any permanent damage or pain. A dentist may also advise against tooth whitening if you are breast-feeding or pregnant due to the chemical nature of the whitening gel.

 

Are over-the-counter home tooth whitening kits safe?

It is highly recommended to stay away from teeth whitening kits which can be purchased over-the-counter or online. However good the product may be, the dangers of causing damage to your teeth is increased. The lack of a pre dental examination means that you may not know whether you are allergic to the product or if you have gum disease which you need to be aware of. 

There is also the key mistake that consumers do not follow the instructions. There is no one on hand to consult with and in the quest to brighten teeth, it can be tempting to leave the gel on for much longer than stated or to double up on the level of gel recommended for application. However, this will not have the desired result and will do more harm than good.

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