White and flawless teeth are the dream of everyone so teeth whitening treatments and similar dental cosmetic procedures are very common. The downside is that some people who cannot afford the cost turn to risky ‘do it yourself’ (DIY) teeth whitening procedures. DIY procedures are dangerous if you lack knowledge of which products are safe and how to properly use them. Don’t take chances, visit our Bayonne dentist office and we can help you pick between our in-office professional teeth whitening options or safe at-home treatments which we can educate you on how to properly use them for the best results.
Dangerous DIY Tooth Whitening
Some people suggest that one do-it-yourself way to brighten teeth is by concocting strawberry and baking-soda. Research shows that the concoction does not actually whiten teeth, and may even weaken them as shown. In fact, a high concentration of citric acid from a large amount strawberries is enough to potentially erode teeth.
Lead study author So Ran Kwon, a tooth-whitening researcher at the University of Iowa said that the tangible benefit of the do-it-yourself (DIY) method with strawberries and baking soda is that the teeth seem to look whiter. The reason why the teeth appeared whiter was that plaque accumulation on the teeth was removed. Real whitening agent penetrates deeply into the teeth and breaks down the stain molecules but this procedure takes time.
Why DIY teeth whitening is a risk?
- DIY teeth whitening can permanently erode the enamel of your teeth.
Enamel is the substance covering your tooth and aside from protection, it gives your teeth a shimmering look. If enamel is taken off, your teeth are exposed and will have a matte finish. Certain whitening substances erode the enamel so the teeth become yellow and unhealthy.
Hydrogen peroxide and bicarbonate are two commonly used substances for DIY teeth whitening. Bicarbonate is highly abrasive. They can whiten the teeth with lasting results but they must be used with caution otherwise it can lead to erosion of enamel. When you feel pain every time your teeth are exposed to sudden temp change or sweet food, it is a sign that your enamel is eroded from the DIY teeth whitening.
- Teeth whitening substance swallowed accidentally is toxic.
Substances that whiten teeth do not only erode enamel, destroy gum but when swallowed are toxic. Accidentally swallowing of hydrogen peroxide can extensively burn your throat and stomach. Thousands of people are rushed to the ER yearly after accidentally ingesting these dangerous substances.
- Teeth at higher risk for tooth sensitivity and irritation.
It is a risk to use household substances to whiten teeth such as baking soda. However, other factors to consider are partly determined by the teeth structure of each individual. Some people are more sensitive than others, depending on certain factors as overall oral health status, thickness of the enamel, and the type of substances that were used for whitening and their potency. The stronger the substance, the more likely you will experience sensitivity and irritation.
- DIY Teeth whitening procedures can actually darken teeth.
You will find that certain homemade treatments for teeth whitening do not whiten teeth but actually make them even darker. In other words, If you are doing your own DIY treatment and you are a regular consumer of teeth staining foods as coffee, soda drinks, tea, juices, colored candy, sauces and spices etc., you will soon notice that your teeth are becoming darker through the years.
- Bleaching the teeth.
It is important to know that if you use DIY teeth whitening products and you are not following the instructions correctly, you might unevenly bleach your teeth. When teeth are half-bleached, they appear to have patches and spots that occur after consuming teeth staining foods.
Be Safe & Talk With A Dentist Before Teeth Whitening
The only safe and guaranteed way to get pearly white teeth is by resorting to professional whitening treatments recommended by your local Bayonne dentist. Our dental team has years of experience in these procedures. Only licensed and experienced professionals are knowledgeable of the latest state of the art technology. Make a date with your family dentist – Dr. Doria and his dental team for the best advice and use of teeth whitening products. Have your teeth whiten the professional and correct way. Schedule a visit to Dr. Doria’s Bayonne, New Jersey office by calling 201-823-9100. We offer a wide array of dental services and accept all major insurance plans.