When you want to brighten your smile, the first thing you probably turn to is the easiest, fastest solution, which is a DIY whitening product from the store.
But as highly-trained professionals, our team at Alliance Dental Care wants you to stop for a moment and think about whether this route is the safest, most effective way to get the smile you want.
Today, we’re letting you know why professional teeth whitening, like what you’ll find in our Fort Worth, TX dental office, is the best way to get results.
5 Common Problems With DIY Teeth Whitening Kits
Before you go buy a teeth whitening kit from the nearest drugstore, it’s important to be aware of some of the common problems you might run into with DIY products.
Here are just five of them!
*Weak Whitening Agents*
Just like over-the-counter medications aren’t as strong as those prescribed by your doctor, teeth whitening kits widely available to consumers aren’t as strong as those you get from a dentist. The kits on store shelves can’t legally contain high enough concentrations of bleaching agents to offer results a dental professional can.
Even if you notice a change in the whiteness level of your teeth, you might feel tempted to use them over and over until you get the kind of results you want, and that’s not only risky to your teeth, it’s a waste of your time and money.
*Confusing, Vague, Or Lack Of Instructions*
Although you might assume that the application of a drugstore whitening treatment is pretty self-explanatory, instructions are still there for a reason.
It’s to ensure safe and proper application. But what you find with most of these kits, if there are any instructions provided at all, they’re often limited to a few illustrations or are vague or confusing in general. This not only poses a problem in terms of safety, but also the effectiveness of the whitening product itself.
*The Risk To Your Gums*
Because consumer whitening products aren’t customized for the perfect fit, the strips and mouth trays can slide around, leaving your gums vulnerable to harm.
Even though the whitening agents are weak, that doesn’t mean your gums won’t be irritated by the exposure.
*The Risk To Your Tooth Enamel*
Again, you might feel tempted to use a store-bought whitening product more often than you should hoping to get better results. But even with a weak concentration of chemicals, they can still be abrasive, which puts your tooth enamel at risk for damage and wear. Even tiny, microscopic holes in your tooth enamel are large enough for harmful bacteria to enter and create problems.
If your teeth have been exposed to whitening gels, strips, and toothpastes too often, you might begin to notice an increase in tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
But this could mean there’s a bigger underlying problem related to something we already mentioned, which is damaged tooth enamel caused by harmful, abrasive products.
Schedule An Appointment!
The best way to whiten your teeth safely and effectively is to trust the professionals at Alliance Dental Care.
That’s because we use a trusted whitening system, along with customized mouth trays to help you administer treatment without putting your tooth enamel or gums at risk.
All you get is a radiant set of pearly whites and a big confidence booster!