Cleanliness and Safety

Whitening Woes: The Risks of Store-Bought Teeth Whitening

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lifetimedentalteam @ 10:36 pm
An at-home teeth whitening kit

A bright, white smile has become something of an obsession for some people. While dentists can offer professional teeth whitening with excellent results, many turn to store-bought kits. While these over-the-counter options can provide decent initial results, it’s important to understand the risks of overusing them.

If you want to learn more about at-home whitening solutions and the oral health issues they can cause, continue reading.

Short-Lived Results

One of the primary drawbacks of store-bought teeth whitening kits is the longevity of their results. While professional whitening agents penetrate deep into teeth to lift stains, the over-the-counter versions do not. The whitening achieved through these kits often fades quickly, leaving users dissatisfied with a temporary improvement.

Concentration of Chemicals

Store-bought kits typically use lower concentrations of whitening agents compared to professional treatments. This means that the results achieved are not as pronounced and require more frequent application.

This can increase the risk of adverse effects like tooth sensitivity and in severe cases tooth erosion and nerve damage.

Lack of Guidance

Professional teeth whitening treatments are administered by dentists and involve careful examination and customization based on individual needs. Store-bought kits lack the personalized touch of a dental professional, potentially leading to uneven results and dissatisfaction.

Lack of ADA Seal

The ADA’s (American Dental Association) Seal of Acceptance is generally accepted as a mark of safety in dental products. Many store-bought whitening kits lack this seal, indicating a potential deficiency in testing or adherence to industry standards. Opting for ADA-approved products can mitigate risks associated with adverse effects. All products used by professional dentists carry this seal, so you know they are quality.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a healthy-looking, bright smile. With the age of social media influence upon you, it’s no wonder you’d like to join the perfect selfie gang. However, consider your options carefully when going in on whitening treatment. Professional work from your dentist is your best bet. If you do need to use at-home methods, be safe!

About the Author

Dr. Michitti is a skilled dentist who shares a great deal of empathy with his patients. He was on the receiving end of many treatments himself. This inspired him to get his dental degree from The Ohio State School of Dentistry. Since then, he has achieved Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry and attended the prestigious Dawson Academy to continue learning so he could better serve his patient’s needs. To schedule an appointment at Lifetime Dental of Agawam, call (413) 786-4400 or visit the website to learn more.

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