Did you know that teeth whitening is one of the most requested cosmetic dental procedures? For years, tooth whitening procedures were only available in dental offices, but within the last two decades, the demand for at-home teeth whitening products has exploded.
Here at Shadow Valley Dental Group, we want you to have the tools and knowledge to help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. While at-home bleaching and whitening products and kits can be very effective and safe, they can be dangerous when used improperly. If you deci
de to take tooth whitening into your own hands at home, use this article as a guide to do it safely and correctly!
At-Home Whitening Options
The American Dental Association carefully monitors the whitening products on the market, and as of right now, the products fall into two categories:
- Peroxide-containing bleaching agents – Peroxide is the bleaching agent used in the whitening trays, strips, and mouthwashes that you purchase at the store. These products often require multiple applications over a period of time to show whitening results. While effective over time, products containing peroxide can cause tooth sensitivity and can have an unpleasant taste.
- Whitening toothpastes remove surface stains on teeth by polishing with stain-removing chemical agents, not peroxide. Whitening toothpaste is more gentle on teeth than bleaching products, but also does not produce immediate results.
Whether you plan to use whitening strips, toothpastes, or any other product, it is crucial to read the directions carefully. Over-use can cause potentially irreversible damage and unnecessary pain.
- Increased tooth sensitivity – Bleaching can cause your gums to temporarily recede, which can potentially expose part of the root and crown of the tooth. This can lead to increased tooth sensitivity and sometimes pain around the gum area.
- Un-natural teeth do not react to whitening products the same way that natural teeth do. If you have any fillings, crowns, or veneers, they will not change color predictably. It’s not recommended to use whitening products if you have any unnatural applications that can be visible when you smile.
- Cervical Resorption, or the disintegration of tooth near the gum-line has been linked to over-bleaching teeth. Teens should avoid using whitening products because their relatively young teeth can be more susceptible to sensitivity and have a higher risk of causing damage.
While whitening your teeth at home may be convenient, you will get the best results if you get your teeth whitened professionally. Here at Shadow Valley Dental, we offer Zoom Whitening, a procedure that uses light-acceleration and whitening gel to bleach your teeth. This is an extremely effective procedure that can be completed in about an hour. The best part? Unlike at-home whitening products that can take weeks to whiten your teeth, Zoom Whitening works instantly. You can leave the dentist with a noticeably whiter, brighter smile!
Contact Shadow Valley Dental Group
If would like to learn more about Shadow Valley Dental Group and our Teeth Whitening procedures, give us a call at 419-865-3085 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re happy to help you explore the options available to give you a brighter smile. Shadow Valley Dental Group is committed to providing our patients with exceptional, personalized dental care.