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The Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

Posted on 9/19/2022 by Dr. Nick Raptou
The Dangers of DIY Teeth WhiteningTeeth whitening is a popular cosmetic procedure millions of people undergo yearly. While many professional options are available, more people choose to do it themselves at home. However, this can be dangerous if not done correctly. We will discuss the dangers of DIY teeth whitening and how to avoid them.

Teeth Sensitivity

You bleach your teeth when you use at-home teeth whitening kits. It can lead to increased sensitivity and pain. If you have sensitive teeth, it is best to consult your dentist before using any at-home kit. Bleaching is the process of lightening your teeth by a few shades. It uses hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which are bleaching agents. These agents can cause tooth sensitivity and pain when used in high concentrations. Dentists will usually use a lower concentration of bleaching agent and monitor the process to minimize the risk of tooth sensitivity.

Gum Irritation

Gums are delicate tissues that can quickly become irritated. When you try to whiten your teeth at home, you run the risk of irritating your gums and causing them to become inflamed. It can lead to a condition called gingivitis, which is an early form of gum disease. Gingivitis will make your gums red, swollen, and tender. It will cause bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. If you have gingivitis, it's essential to see a dentist so they can treat it before it turns into something more serious.

Uneven Whiteness

The dangers of DIY teeth whitening are not just about the potential for harming your teeth. There's also the potential for uneven whiteness. You risk having patchy results when you try whitening your teeth at home. Your teeth may be shades of white, or some may be whiter than others. It can be frustrating and may lead you to believe that your teeth will never look their best.

Our clinic offers both in-office and at-home teeth whitening options. We recommend that patients opt for professional treatment, as it is safer and more effective.

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