Can Whitening Products Hurt Your Teeth?

Pretty Woman Can't Even Deal With ItThe teeth whitening industry generates a little over $300 million per year in revenue and with hundreds of different products – everything from brush-on whitening pens and in-office laser whitening treatments to toothpastes, mouthwashes, and strips – interested consumers have many options to choose from. Teeth whitening is the most sought-after cosmetic dental treatment for several good reasons: it’s affordable, effective, and, when used correctly, perfectly safe. Unfortunately, misusing teeth whitening products can prove detrimental to the health and appearance of your smile.

The Bottom Line

The American Dental Association recommends that if you want to whiten your teeth, your best bet is to pursue professional teeth whitening with your family dentist. Most general dentists double are also highly trained in cosmetic dentistry, and can match the right patient with the right teeth whitening treatment. Whether you opt for take-home whitening trays (custom-fitted retainer-like appliances that fit snugly over your teeth and are filled with whitening gel) or in-office power whitening, your dentist will closely monitor both the treatment and your results.

Without the guidance of a dentist, the teeth whitening experience can enter murky waters. Many over-the-counter products contain low levels of whitening ingredients, meaning that results can take a long time and may ultimately prove disappointing. In addition, using teeth whitening products in an unsafe or irresponsible manner can cause severe teeth sensitivity, a higher propensity for staining in the future, and the teeth can even begin to take on an unnatural pearlescent sheen.

Whiten Responsibly

If you’re interested in brightening your smile, your first stop should be your dentist’s office. He can help you choose which type of teeth whitening product will work best for you and, more importantly, he can give you a reasonable estimate regarding how white your teeth will look after treatment, to help you manage your expectations. Following your dentist’s recommendation regarding using your whitening trays or touch up kit will help you enjoy a brighter smile without damaging your enamel.

About Your Reno Dentists

Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment at our Reno family dentist office today by calling (775) 829-7700.Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities.