At-Home Whitening – Is It Safe?

June 16, 2022

white smileAttaining the pearly white Hollywood smile that you see on the red carpet is now more attainable than ever. Discoloration happens for various reasons it can be as simple as drinking coffee or tea daily, poor oral health, or illness. If you desire to whiten your teeth discretely at home or at a dental office you have various safe options available to you.

There are some things you should consider when choosing what whitening option is best for you.

● Cost
● Level of discoloration
● Your dental history and sensitivity
● What type of treatment you are comfortable with

We will be covering how whitening works, what options you have, and if at-home whitening is a safe option for you.

How Does Whitening Work?

The outside of the tooth, known as enamel, protects the more sensitive inner tooth, known as the dentin. When you experience discoloration or yellowing it is likely a sign of enamel damage.

No need to fear, when we reference damage we are referring to the daily wear and tear of eating, drinking, and smoking. Stains penetrate the enamel and impact the dentin. Conversely, when you whiten your teeth it reverses the stains by penetrating the enamel and lightening the color of the dentin.

What Are Your Options?

Accessing reliable whitening options has never been easier. If you want to use an at-home whitening kit, we advise you to consult with your dentist to discuss which options are best based on the criteria listed above. Here are two ways to whiten your smile safely and quickly:

  • Whitening treatment at East Harmony Dental. Quicker results and the best option for sensitive teeth and gums.
  • Professional At-Home Whitening. Disbursed by East Harmony Dental to be administered at home. You will see us for an initial appointment and then follow the whitening instructions for at-home use.

Are At-Home Products Safe For My Teeth?

The simple answer is, not really. The long answer is the ADA, American Dental Association has confirmed that using hydrogen peroxide-based products does not damage your enamel, but many over-the-counter products like whitening toothpaste, mouthwash, or whitening trays contain harsh chemicals in addition to hydrogen peroxide that damage your enamel and can cause significant tooth sensitivity.

if you want to use an over-the-counter whitening product, be sure to choose one that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance and listen to your teeth when using the product. Look out for sensitivity, gum irritation, and burning. Before you start, please consult with your dentist.

Visit Us Today

We offer professional whitening services here at East Harmony Dental. You can expect fewer side effects, more consistent results, and varying treatment options that best fit your needs and budget. Contact us today or schedule an appointment to begin your journey to the perfect smile.