Are At-Home Teeth Whiteners Safe?

Having white teeth is highly desirable these days. Many people are increasingly conscious of the way their teeth look, both in person and in photographs. Whether or not you’re in the public eye, you may be interested in using one of the many at-home teeth whiteners that you see advertised. But there are some safety issues involved with these DIY teeth whiteners.

At-Home Teeth Whiteners Are Convenient

It’s plain to see why at-home teeth whiteners are popular. They are very convenient to use because you don’t need to make a visit to your dentist. You can use them in the privacy of your home in your spare time. They’re also fairly affordable and can be purchased at most drug stores or department stores.

The Dangers of At-Home Teeth Whiteners

At the same time, you might want to reconsider the use of at-home teeth whiteners. Here are some potential hazards:

  • Fewer dentist visits means dental problems won’t be addressed – When you visit your dentist for teeth whitening, that gives your dentist a chance to notice potential teeth and gum problems and take care of them before they have a chance to escalate in severity.
  • Too much whitening can destroy enamel – Using at-home whiteners is almost too convenient. If you whiten teeth too much, you could destroy your teeth enamel, which is the barrier that helps protect your teeth against bacteria.
  • Whitening ingredients can be irritating – You may inadvertently get the whitening gel on your gums, which can cause irritation or even a wound. There’s the chance that this irritation can become infected, which causes even more problems.

Your Victorville dentist understands that you want your teeth to look shiny and white. But you need to know the dangers of using at-home teeth whiteners. For more information, please contact us today.

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