Did you know that 99.7% of American adults think that a bright and white smile is the most important social asset? If you’re self-conscious about your stained or discolored teeth, you’re probably thinking about purchasing one of those dental at home teeth whitening kits. While these DIY treatments are marketed as highly effective and easy to use, you may want to learn more about the truth behind them.
Although whitening strips are one of the most convenient forms of OTC teeth whitening, they don’t adequately cover the surfaces of your teeth and oftentimes leave areas uneven and cause gingival sensitivity
Some DIY teeth whitening kits involve the use of bleach trays, which promise to provide you with immediate results. However, if you have crooked teeth, you may want to think twice before you use this.
Since OTC bleach trays aren’t custom-made to meet your unique needs, they may not fit your mouth and cover all areas of your teeth. The ill-fitting tray may also cause the peroxide solution to overflow and cause considerable damage to your gums.
In most cases, bleach trays tend to contain a significantly lower amount of bleaching chemicals compared to the ones that are used in your dentist’s office. In other words, they won’t be as effective as professional treatments.
Whitening gels are usually sold as a paint-on application and they typically contain a peroxide-bleaching substance that works to whiten teeth. Unfortunately, this substance can potentially cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity if its use isn’t monitored by a dentist.
While whitening toothpaste can make your teeth cleaner, it doesn’t do much when it comes to changing the color of your stained or discolored teeth. It also contains abrasive agents that can cause damage to your enamel.
At Seaside Dentistry, we offer custom-made whitening kits that are designed to fit your unique smile for the most even and effective results. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!