Of all the things that people say they want to fix about their smiles the shade of their teeth is consistently ranked number one. There’s a good reason for that – as we age almost all of us will end up with teeth that aren’t as bright as they used to be. We see a lot of patents at our Oregon City office who want whiter smiles!
It’s becoming more and more common to find teeth whitening solutions everywhere you look: the drug store, the grocery store, and even the beauty salon. It’s one thing to get an over-the-counter whitening kit – they’re not too strong and can’t do any damage. But what about whitening from a beauty salon – is it dangerous?
The Potential Dangers Of Teeth Whitening
It might not seem very risky – after all, teeth whitening is incredibly common nowadays. Look to recent news items, however, and you find quite the contrary story.
Great Britain has recently prosecuted a number of salon whitening cases because the supplies they were using simply weren’t safe. Hydrogen peroxide is the most common (and effective) teeth whitening compound, but it has to be carefully controlled to make sure it’s safe. The salons that were in trouble with the law had peroxide on hand that was as much as 300 times over the legal safety limit!
While the laws in England are different than they are here in the United States the risks are the same: teeth whitening carried out by anyone but a dental professional is a serious risk!
What About Over-The-Counter Kits?
As we mentioned above, commercially available teeth whitening isn’t going to cause any harm beyond some tooth sensitivity immediately after treatment. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always do much beyond that.
In order to be sold legally in drugstores teeth whitening kits need to be safe for the average user. In most cases you aren’t going to find a commercial kit that’s more than 10 percent hydrogen peroxide, and even those are the extreme end of the scale.
Commercial whitening kits don’t get results for a variety of reasons: they’re weak, they sit on the shelf for a long time, and the trays don’t properly seal the peroxide gel off from your mouth. If you want to whiten your teeth safely and effectively there’s only one way to go: professional!
What Professional Whitening Can Do
When it comes to brightening up your smile there’s no way to go about it better than at the dentist. Not only are you getting a stronger product that will actually work, but you’re getting it in a safe, controlled environment with a team that has years of training and experience.
No two mouths are the same, and that’s why no two whitening treatments can be the same either. If you want to get a truly bright smile you need a lot more than a DIY kit or an untrained salon professional doing it for you.
- Hydrogen peroxide strength can be adjusted based on your individual needs and desired outcomes. We can apply higher strength peroxide in a safer manner so that you get white teeth, not painful injuries to your gums and teeth.
- The whitening we use is strong, and it’s just as potent as the day it left the lab. We keep our products refrigerated, not stored on a shelf for months on end.
- Saliva actually plays a big role in ruining the effectiveness of whitening. Your mouth can break hydrogen peroxide down almost instantly, which is why we use custom whitening trays for every client we treat. They’re made for a perfect fit and they seal your teeth off from the rest of your mouth too.
When it comes to teeth whitening customization is the name of the game. If you’re ever offered a one-size-treats-all system by a dentist, a drugstore product, or any other DIY trick then you can rest assured that it probably won’t work well for you. One-size-fits-all really means it doesn’t fit most anyone!
Don’t Fall For Whitening Tricks
If you want to brighten your smile safely and effectively there’s no way better than with the professional treatments we offer at Pioneer Dental Group. Give us a chance to brighten your smile and you surely won’t regret it!