- On March 24, 2016
Many of us are not happy with the whiteness, or the lack thereof, of our teeth. Teeth tend to yellow with age – and if you smoke, drink coffee or enjoy red wine, you can expect stains on your teeth from doing so.
There are many products available which promise to restore our teeth to pristine whiteness, but are over-the-counter teeth whitening products safe and effective?
Here are some things to consider:
Whitening products are not regulated
The FDA does not regulate tooth whitening products. This means a lot of them may simply not work. The bleaching dosage is often too low, making it ineffective, or too high, making the product dangerous. Meanwhile, whitening toothpastes are generally no more effective at keeping your teeth white than regular toothpastes and the same goes for whitening mouthwashes.
They are hard to use correctly
Some at-home whitening products, generally the more expensive ones, are safe and effective if used correctly. Most people don’t use them properly, however, and this often results in gum recession, which then causes teeth sensitivity.
Whitening needs to start with healthy teeth
Some people who use whitening products don’t have healthy teeth or gums. If you have an unfilled cavity, then the whitening solution is likely to get into the cavity and give you a painful toothache. If your gums are unhealthy, then any negative effect from whitening solution coming into contact with them will obviously be worse.
Over-the-counter whitening kits take longer
You can get results from an in-office whitening treatment in as short a period as a few days. Over-the-counter teeth whitening products, however, are likely to take weeks or months to actually show results. This can mean that, in the long run, they actually cost more. And, of course, if they don’t work at all, you have simply wasted your time and money, and caused yourself aggravation in the process.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
For most people, professional in-office and at-home whitening treatments are much more effective than over-the-counter treatments. Dentists can use a stronger whitening solution than is legal to be sold over-the-counter, and – of course – we use teeth whitening products that we know work and produce good results.
At the office of Dr. David Brumbaugh, we use Kor whitening products, which allow you to have one office visit and then easy, periodic maintenance at home for a permanent effect. The gel contains oxygen, which is absorbed into the teeth and dissolves stains.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening trays, the trays we provide are custom made to your teeth and your mouth, and thus will keep the gel away from your sensitive gums. You will wear the trays at night while you sleep for two weeks. While in-office whitening costs more in the short run, the long-lasting results are well worth it – and it is definitely better than damaging your gums with incorrectly used home treatments.
If you have any questions about teeth whitening or other dental issues, please contact Dr. David Brumbaugh today!