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Can Whitening Damage Your Teeth? (Infographic)

Woman Self-Conscious about Smile


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Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic treatment that can help rejuvenate your smile effectively and quickly. With hundreds of products on the market, it can be confusing trying to figure out which will work best and whether they are safe and won’t have a negative effect on your dental health.

For those looking for whitening treatment, it essentially comes down to two options: off-the-shelf products and dentist administered treatment.

Off-The-Shelf Whitening

From toothpastes and strips to gels and pens, supermarkets are full of products that claim to whiten teeth. The difference between DIY products and dentist administered treatment is the strength of peroxide. Off-the-shelf products are only able to contain low levels of this whitening agent, limiting their effectiveness. Studies have shown that these home use products may have some effect on heavy superficial staining but generally don’t achieve any significant change to the underlying shade of teeth.

Peroxide can potentially have a detrimental effect on the health of your teeth and gums as over-whitening and improper use can weaken enamel and cause irreversible damage.

Whitening with your Dentist

For the most effective and safe treatment, you should see a professional dentist. Not only are the treatments significantly stronger but also the treatment can be controlled and monitored to ensure the best result without any harm. Having your teeth cleaned and thoroughly examined will maximise results and ensure the best treatment is chosen to suit you.

With the proper treatment and supervision, teeth whitening is perfectly safe. If you want to refresh your smile quickly, effectively and safely, talk to the friendly team at The Point Dental today.