TEETH WHITENING: DOES IT WORK AND IS IT SAFE?
Teeth Whitening is sometimes a controversial topic when it comes to oral healthcare. It is a very popular service that is offered by many dentists, cosmetic dentists, and other professionals. Some people believe that it can be damaging if done incorrectly.
Teeth Whitening can also be offered by those who are non-professionals and those who are not qualified to perform the treatment. If searched on the internet, it is difficult to take a side due to the controversy. Is it bad? Is it safe? Does it work?
The answers vary. There are two components that come into play when deciding if it is safe for your teeth (especially your enamel). The first component you need to look at is how you are receiving that treatment. The second component is how often you are utilizing that service.
DIY Home Kits
The first component consists of either using DIY “home” kits or receiving professional treatment. Although, many DIY kits have great reviews online, the reality is that most of those products are dangerous for your teeth and are not tested the proper way. These kits can also be dangerous in the hands of an inexperienced user, especially is the product does not work as it should.
The other option is professional treatment from a dental expert that is qualified and experienced in dealing with whitening of the teeth. Be sure to get this done by a professional. This is a very safe option because when dealing with a dental expert, they can walk you through everything the process entails. This approach is completely safe as opposed to a DIY home kit. If you stay within the realm of professionals and follow their guidelines and “after-care” instructions, you will be smiling bright!
Whether you choose the DIY kit or the much safer option of professional treatment, knowing how often to whiten your teeth is just as important and crucial. Teeth are more sensitive than people realize and if you over-whiten, you can severely damage your teeth. A professional will always warn you about over-whitening your teeth and will not allow you to get treated too often. Some signs to think about include extreme sensitivity in your teeth including while brushing or eating hot/cold foods. With this said, it is normal to have slight sensitivity after whitening.
Does it work? Is it Safe?
As long as you are getting your dental whitening done by a trained professional, teeth whitening is a wonderful way to have bright, shiny teeth and enhance your smile. Whitening definitely works! Being familiar with the risks of DIY kits and over-whitening can eliminate the controversy about teeth whitening.
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