Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

The holiday season is approaching and everyone is putting an effort to have the best smile. Having a beautiful smile with sparkling white teeth can enhance your confidence and help you leave a lasting impression on your loved ones and the people you meet during the festivities. At Delray Medical & Dental, we understand this and are dedicated to helping you have that celebrity smile, whether your teeth require shine or are stained. However, some people may think that this cosmetic procedure is expensive and that home-made remedies can save on costs.

Recently, there has been an increase in online videos on DIY teeth whitening procedures, which has caused many people to become victims when the procedure goes wrong. These DIY procedures can cause permanent and irreversible damage to your smile. Your dentist cautions against going this route to help save you from a dental emergency, which can be both painful and expensive to handle.

“Do-It-Yourself” Teeth Whitening products

You can find a myriad of products and tricks that promise to remove stains on your teeth when you do a search over the internet. While some of these may appear to be convincing, they are a recipe for disaster and not a success.

Lemon Juice

Brushing your teeth with lemon juice causes corrosion since it contains strong citric acid. Tooth enamel can suffer permanent damage, necessitating canal treatment. Your dentist advises you to seek professional help to enhance the sparkle on your smile.

Activated Charcoal

This method has been exceptionally popular in teeth whitening and getting rid of toxins on teeth. However, your doctor warns that charcoal is an abrasive substance, capable of scraping away the enamel and exposing your gums. You should avoid using teeth whitening products that are not ADA-approved.

Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

You most likely have stocked these two products in your medical cabinet. This DIY teeth whitening method originated from the idea that since hydrogen peroxide is a common material in professional cleaning and baking soda is an ADA-approved ingredient in the manufacture of toothpaste, the two would make an excellent teeth whitener.  However, this notwithstanding, it is not safe to directly use the products on your teeth, especially without medical supervision.

Your dentist asserts that professionals have to strike a delicate balance between teeth whitening and causing damage to soft tissues during the procedure. Dentists have the knowledge, training, experience, and materials to properly clean your teeth and deliver long-lasting results.

If your teeth are stained and you are looking forward to enhancing your smile, you can trust Delray Medical & Dental professionals to deliver quality results. Let your dentist understand your desires during your initial appointment and you can be sure to find help. Your doctor will recommend a teeth whitening procedure that is best suited to your needs. Before that time comes, ensure to take proper care of your teeth including brushing twice a day and flossing. 

Consult your dentist at Delray Medical & Dental to learn more about teeth whitening.

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