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Teeth Whitening at Home with OTC Products

woman hiking in flower fieldWhile it might seem like the easiest way to whiten your teeth, over the counter teeth whitening products unfortunately do not give you the same level of whitening you would receive from our professional whitening in-office service. If you choose to use an OTC kit, strips, pens or gels, there are some important things you should know.

At Home Whitening Safety Tips

1. Be careful with at-home procedures.

Whitening kits are one of the most common ways to whiten your teeth at home. With that being said, it is imperative that you read the instruction manual and take appropriate precautions prior to opening your kit. Remember, teeth whitening kits are completely safe unless done wrong. Protect your dental health by paying close attention to detail.

2. Beware of sneaky chemicals.

Along with kits, whitening strips are also a common take-home procedure. Although a majority of whitening strips are entirely safe, watch out for the strips that contain chlorine dioxide. This chemical can be harmful to your enamel.

3. Stay away from whitening pens.

While browsing your social media accounts, you have most likely seen influencers promoting teeth whitening pens – but are they really safe? Only sometimes. For people who have had serious dental issues, it is best to avoid them as they can cause severe damage to unhealthy teeth and gums. If you have exposed roots, dentine, or periodontal disease, it is probably best to avoid this product.

4. How about gels?

Whitening gels are tried and true but they can lose potency as they sit on the shelf. Considered safe by most professionals, the only risk they pose is temporary sensitivity following application.

Is Teeth Whitening Bad for Your Health?

If performed by a dental practice, teeth whitening will not harm your teeth or gums. As with anything, your individual dental needs should be discussed with your dentist prior to any form of care. Please note that due to their material composition, crowns, fillings, veneers, and dentures cannot be whitened by a teeth whitening product or service. Here at Premier Dental Group HI, we want what is best for you and will stop at nothing to help you achieve the glowing smile you are after. Visit our practice to speak with one of our dental professionals for guidance. We are glad to answer your questions!

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