Why You Should Leave Teeth Whitening To Your Dentist

Why You Should Leave Teeth Whitening To Your Dentist

by Shearly (SU)

Everyone wants the pearly white smile we all see in magazines, commercials, and ads. With so many products on the market, getting the results you want may seem so much easier! However, at home treatments may actually cause more harm than good. Affecting your enamel, your gums, and your overall oral health. Visiting your dentist for these treatments really is the smart choice, but why?

Whitening Mouthwash and Toothpaste

Toothpaste brands really sell the idea that you can get the results you've always wanted by simply brushing your teeth with different, more expensive toothpaste. In fact, it is almost weird to see a tube of toothpaste that doesn't say something along the lines of "whiter teeth in 6 weeks!" or "6x whiter teeth!" While it is true that these types of toothpaste may do a better job at whitening your teeth, it is certainly not true that they can actually provide clear results. Think of these toothpastes as a way to maintain what your dentist has already done. 

The high levels of alcohol in these toothpastes do also present an additional issue. High level of alcohol can actually damage your gums and your overall oral health. Therefore, utilizing these toothpastes long term may actually cause a deterioration of your oral health without actually providing good results!

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are popular because they are effective. Their active ingredient makes whitening your teeth to the desired effect possible. These whitening strips are also easy to use, and most times inexpensive. However, the ingredients on these strips are meant for dentists, not everyone. Many people actually overuse the strips either by leaving it in their mouth longer or using it multiple times throughout the year. This causes teeth sensitive and damage to the enamel, sometimes this damage can be irreversible. It is important to make sure you are using the whitening strips for only the correct amount of time and up to twice a year. 

Hydrogen Peroxide

Many swear by the hydrogen peroxide method. Hydrogen peroxide works by releasing free radicals in the mouth and can actually age the gums and bones. So while an effect to decrease yellowing will take place, the long term result is actually not desirable. The problem is that most people do not know what the proper dosage is to balance the risk and results. Improper usage can actually irritate the gum and worsen teeth condition over time.

Lemon Juice and Baking Soda

This method seems to be one of the most popular ones online, as it is one of the only DIY methods that actually works. But, it is important to note that while baking soda could have a positive effect on your mouth, it actually does very little for teeth whitening. Baking soda is supposed to eliminate bacteria (that could cause yellowing) and have an exfoliating effect on the teeth (decreasing the amount of surface stains). On the other hand, baking soda can actually limit the amount of good bacteria in the mouth that is necessary for proper oral health.

The active ingredient in this method is actually the lemon juice, because of its acidic properties, it helps break down stains in the teeth. However, it is very acidic and because of this over time it can actually erode the enamel. Any issues with the enamel is actually a permanent problem, as the enamel cannot be recreated. Therefore, this method can actually leave permanent damage in the teeth. Making this method one of the most dangerous ones.

Visiting Your Dentist

The only way to ensure you are getting best results, while maintaining the highest quality of ingredients is to actually visit your dentist. At Binder Family Dental, we are here to help you get the bright smile you’ve been wanting. Call us today at (541)689-1645 to schedule your appointment!