Teeth whitening has become more popular over the past few years, and it’s now easier than ever to gain access to a whitening kit. Walking down the aisle at your local convenience store will yield dozens of at-home whitening options. As convenient as these may seem, you should be cautious when attempting to use one of these kits.
Problems Associated With DIY Kits
If you’re considering using an at-home whitening kit, you should consider some of the documented side effects that have become more prevalent of late.
- Stomach Problems
- Mouth Infections
- Nerve Damage
- Gum Reduction
The worst part? These kits are extremely meticulous, meaning it’s very easy for the application process to go awry. Because of this, children should avoid the whitening kits, as they’ll likely fail when attempting to place the kit. If the kits are not placed properly, your teeth will end up spotty or patchy.
Medical Experts Concerned
University of Texas Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. David McFadden has said, “For someone with deep cavities, the bleach can have an unimpeded route to the blood vessels, nerves, and bone at the root of the tooth. It can potentially cause a bad toothache or precipitate an infection.” He continued, “Using too much bleach can cause extreme tooth sensitivity, and it’s possible they could damage the nerve enough require root-canal therapy. People with active periodontal disease may also notice soft-tissue shrinkage.”
Dr. Phil Stemmer of the Teeth for Life Clinic also offered his thoughts, saying, “Many over-the-counter bleaches have a very high acidity, which can damage the teeth. Some products are also abrasive, and while they remove surface stain, they also take out the enamel so that you end up, in effect, spitting teeth down the sink. We are seeing a lot of people who have tried the DIY approach, but it hasn’t worked. They tend to suffer upset tummies from swallowing the stuff, as well as damaging their teeth and getting white spots.”
Trust A Dental Professional
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have your teeth whitened! A whitening can help restore your smile, and give you more confidence as you flash your pearly whites. But, your whitening procedure should be performed by a professional. They will take measures to protect your teeth and your enamel, and will advise you if you are not a good candidate to receive the procedure. Professional whitening is affordable and is a great way to invest in your smile. Contact your local Long Island dentist today to discuss possible professional whitening treatments!