Does teeth whitening damage your enamel?

Posted by Southeast Family Dental Jul 27,2020

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In recent years, a plethora of teeth whitening products of varying quality have flooded the market. Unfortunately, not all of these are effective, and some can even damage the enamel on your teeth. Although very few customers have any problems following professional teeth whitening treatment, many who use over the counter teeth whitening kits experience increased sensitivity and, if used incorrectly, loss of enamel.

Risks with home whitening kits

If you are considering whitening your teeth, you should be fully aware of the possible risks associated with home whitening kits, and some ways you may be able to reduce them.

Using home whitening kits without professional supervision may result in increased tooth sensitivity or inflamed gums. This is particularly likely to occur if the product does not have a snug fit to your teeth.

If you do plan to use a home teeth whitening kit, you should always consult either the ADA website or your dentist to be sure that the product is safe to use. Your dentist can also advise you on how to use teeth whitening products safely.

Teeth whitening by a professional

If teeth whitening is performed by a professional using products that have been approved by the ADA, there should be no risk of damage to your enamel. All reputable dentists will check your teeth prior to treatment in order to ensure that it is safe to proceed. Dentists are also able to monitor your progress and calibrate treatment so as to minimize the chances of increased sensitivity—a common problem for people who use over the counter teeth whitening kits.

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