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Does Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Is teeth whitening safe?

Brightening your smile is now easier than ever with a wide selection of at-home teeth whitening products available on the market (see 'Teeth Whitening Pens vs Strips vs Bleaching' post). However, many of these teeth whitening treatments contain harmful ingredients that can increase tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. Here are few other toxins to avoid when shopping for teeth whitening solutions:

  • polyethylene glycol (PEG)
  • sodium hydroxide
  • diethanolamine (DEA)
  • ammonium hydroxide

Safe Teeth Whitening Products

Whitening your teeth can be both safe and effective when applying nontoxic teeth whitening products. The Dr. Brite dentist created Teeth Whitening Pens were scientifically formulated to safely whiten teeth without pain or discomfort. For best results, we recommend brushing with our whitening mineral toothpaste and following with our alcohol-free cleansing mouth rinse.

Hydrogen Peroxide for Whiter Teeth

One of the leading bleaching agent in our teeth whitening pens is food grade hydrogen peroxide. It gently penetrates your tooth's enamel, which alters the tooth's color beyond its natural shade by affecting the dentin (the hard substance of the tooth that surrounds the central core of nerves and blood vessels) layer of your teeth.

Also, most mouthwashes and toothpaste already have hydrogen peroxide as their primary ingredients. Some studies have shown that using hydrogen peroxide to whiten teeth is effective, though not sufficient.

Peroxide-Free Teeth Whitening 

For those with extreme sensitivity or allergies, we do offer a Peroxide-Free Teeth Whitening Pen. Made with organiccoconut oil, xylitol and vitamin C, this teeth whitening gel with natural ingredients quickly absorbs and whitens your teeth in just a few days. Here are a few of our insider tips to achieve your brightest smile!

 

FAQs

1. Can teeth whitening damage your teeth permanently?

It is possible that the chemicals used in teeth whitening could  irritate your gums, especially if you already have sensitive teeth. Additionally, some of the tooth whitening products used at home might damage tooth enamel, cause gum burns and make some people develop temporary sensitivity

2. Is it worth getting teeth whitened at the dentist?

A dental professional should be consulted prior to performing professional teeth whitening. Most of the time, paying a little extra to visit the cosmetic dentist is worth it in order to achieve long-lasting safe results and a brighter smile. The procedure of teeth whitening when done properly is quite safe.

3. Are there any negative side effects of teeth whitening?

Bleaching solutions are made up of hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. Strong chemicals found in these gels and solutions may cause the area to itch and swell. The gums themselves are extremely delicate. In addition, whitening solutions can cause bleeding and discomfort.

4. Is teeth whitening really safe?

It is considered safe to whiten your teeth as long as you follow dentist-recommended methods. Always follow the product's instructions and use the approach that is most appropriate for your situation. If your reaction is discomfort, consult your dentist.

5. What is the safest way to whiten your teeth?

- Whiten your teeth with over-the-counter products that contain baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.
- Make sure that the bleaching products you buy come with the Seal of Acceptance of the American Dental Association (ADA).
- Avoid brightly colored foods and beverages.
- You can use a tooth whitening pen to whiten your teeth.

6. How often should you whiten your teeth?

In general, it's a good idea to visit your dentist for the teeth whitening treatment around once every three months, or once every quarter. Even if you haven't yet experienced a noticeably dramatic dulling of your bright white smile, this is true.

7. Can teeth whitening cause teeth to chip?

Dentists provide a complete oral examination to ensure that the teeth whitening process won't harm your healthy teeth or mouth. The dentist won't whiten your teeth if your gums and teeth are not in good health. While teeth whitening won't break your teeth, it could hurt your gums if it's not done under a dentist's supervision.

8. How can I whiten my teeth without ruining tooth enamel?

Baking soda can remove surface stains from your teeth without harming them, provided you brush carefully and softly. Whitening Strips: To whiten your teeth, whitening strips conform to the shape of your teeth. Strips for teeth whitening are secure and efficient.

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