Do Dental Whitening Products Hurt Your Enamel?

Dental whitening is a great way to help restore your bright, white teeth. But before anyone decides to undergo dental whitening, they need to understand what it is and what it really does to the teeth. They need to know what the risks of the whitening products are, especially if they do not use them properly. They need to understand if and how dental whitening impacts the enamel of the teeth.

How the Whitening Products Work

To know if the products can damage the enamel, it is a good idea to understand how the products work. Teeth whitening products are chemicals. The most common chemical is carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. These chemicals are applied in some way to the teeth for a period of time. The chemicals seep into the enamel of the teeth. The enamel is a porous material. This allows the chemicals to whiten the teeth. In effect, they bleach the teeth.

Will It Cause Harm

The key to making the whitening products effective is to use them as directed. That means several things. For whitening toothpaste, it means brushing with proper technique and not brushing too hard. For the whitening strips and gels, that means using the proper amount and not leaving it on or using it more often than the directions say.

When using the products properly, there is little to no risk to your enamel. It is only when you use them in the wrong way that you can cause problems. The most common problem that people run into is enamel erosion and that can lead to problems with tooth decay and cavities.

Whitening products that you use at home are safe and they can work, but the best way to whiten your teeth is through professional whitening at our office. We know how to use the whitening products in a safe way and will get better results than from the home products.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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