Whitening can be an effective way of lifting and dissolving stains that are causing you to feel badly about your appearance.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients to try and use at-home products and methods without first consulting with a dentist. Some at-home methods are incredibly useful and work effectively, but some are downright dangerous and can actually damage your teeth over time. It is best to always avoid these methods and instead, speak with one of our doctors.
Overusing At-Home Products
We all want that picture-perfect smile that we can feel confident in showing off day after day. Unfortunately, natural teeth aren’t always perfectly white and may look yellowed or stained even with careful brushing and flossing. In this case, you may try to use whitening products at home too often. Overuse of these whitening products can eventually lead to sensitivity and cause a transparent look to the smile. It’s recommended that you only whiten your teeth no more than once a year.
While baking soda may be recommended to remove surface stains and clear away discoloration, it’s incredibly harsh on the enamel of the teeth. Over time, regular use of baking soda can actually wear away this enamel, causing your teeth to become sensitive and more prone to tooth decay. What’s more, that aggressive scrubbing of baking soda probably won’t remove deeper or older stains from your teeth.
Many people try to use fruit and fruit acids to remove stains from their teeth. Lemon and strawberry are often recommended among those who are trying natural at-home methods to whiten their smile. Unfortunately, fruit acids can easily break down enamel, causing white spots to surface on the teeth. These weakened spots are more susceptible to tooth decay and can be unsightly on their own.
Products Not Designed for Teeth
If you must use an at-home whitening product, make sure that it is specifically designed for use on teeth. While some methods may be tempting and promise fantastic results, it’s not always safe to use these products and they can do a lot of damage to your teeth. Another thing to avoid are ill-fitting trays and appliances, as these may unevenly whiten your teeth and cause a smile that is spotted and unsightly.
If you’re looking for professional whitening options, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.