Take home teeth whitening kits from your dentist are safer and better than those bought from a pharmacy or store for a number of reasons. While teeth whitening kits bought over the counter do work, there are risks involved. For starters, attempting teeth whitening treatment at home without the advice of a dental professional could lead to permanent tooth and gum damage.
For example, this can occur if the DIY take-home teeth whitening trays don’t fit correctly. The bleaching gel could leak and result in chemical burns to your gum tissue – especially if the kit has extremely high concentrations of hydrogen or carbamide peroxide. Accidently swallowing leaking bleaching product is poisonous and can make you sick.
Additionally, many over-the-counter kits don’t contain adequate concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth effectively, which may lead to long-term use of these products and an increased risk for side-effects.
Oral health issues that may result from incorrect application of teeth whitening products include:
- Tooth sensitivity from long-term use
- Gum issues such as gum irritation
- Chemical burns to oral soft tissue
- Demineralisation of tooth enamel and dentin
- Tooth erosion
- Tooth pulp damage
- Damage to dental fillings
Consult with your dentist first before whitening your teeth
Before considering or buying any DIY teeth whitening product, talk to your dentist. Teeth whitening treatments may be useless if your teeth are intrinsically stained.
Your dentist can identify the type of tooth stain or discolouration you have and recommend a teeth whitening option and plan that works for you. Doing this will help you avoid wasting money on ineffective and potentially harmful DIY whitening kits. You’ll also get predictable whitening results with no surprises.
The benefits of take home teeth whitening kits provided by your dentist
Teeth whitening kits and proper treatment planning from your dentist have a number of benefits, including:
- Custom-made teeth whitening trays
Forget boil-and-bite trays from a store that don’t fit properly. Your dentist can provide you with custom-made trays that fit your teeth perfectly. Custom trays ensure an even application of the bleaching gel over all your affected teeth surfaces. There’s also less risk of leakage and potential soft tissue damage.
- Safe, industry approved whitening products
Dentists only provide whitening products that conform to government standards and meet with their own approval. You will be using a product that is safe and effective for your personalised teeth whitening treatment.
- Specialist whitening treatment planning
Having an expert on hand while you undergo teeth whitening at home has big advantages. Your dentist can guide you through the whole process step by step. They can ensure that you are using the correct whitening product, and help monitor, prevent and manage potential side-effects during treatment. You’ll also experience the added benefit of having your oral health checked at the same time.
Call Complete Dental Works for a whiter, brighter smile
If you want a safe and effective teeth whitening treatment that you can use in the comfort and convenience of your own home, please call our helpful reception at Complete Dental Works on 07 3848 1574.
You can also read more about teeth whitening treatment info at Complete Dental Works by checking out our service web page here: https://completedentalworks.com.au/teeth-whitening/
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.