At-Home Teeth Whitening: Should You Do It?

Woman with white teethWhite, perfect teeth have long been an ideal feature of the face. In no small part because of celebrity culture, achieving perfection in the oral cavity seems like a priority to many.

A benefit of this demand is innovation. Unlike decades past, there are now options like natural-looking invisible braces and other advanced dental techniques your dentist can use to make your teeth look good. But there’s one method with a lot of debate surrounding it – at-home teeth whitening kits.

Minimal Effect

One drawback of teeth whitening products you can buy from stores is their low potency. Teeth whitening works through peroxide. They come in various concentrations.

At dentist offices, the peroxide creams often come at concentrations of 15% to 43%. In contrast, at-home peroxide creams have less-concentrated formulas, usually around 3% to 20%. The less concentrated these at-home solutions are, the less effective they are in removing stains from the teeth.

Possible Risks

Despite the decreased strength, at-home solutions still pose risks to the user. One important element in teeth whitening is the duration of the contact. The longer the bleach solution stays on the teeth, the deeper is the bleaching effect. With less-concentrated solutions, there is a need to keep the solution on the teeth longer. However, when it is left on the teeth for too long, the bleach might reach the soft layers of the teeth and result in the teeth's oversensitivity.

Frequency

Teeth whitening is often not a permanent solution. There are many ways to stain teeth, like a diet with wine, staining fruits, teas, and coffee. While the case is often to have a routine bleaching, there is a tendency to do more than recommended at home. In addition, without professional advice, users may overdo it and cause harm.

Dentists' Help

An excellent way to be treated with teeth whitening is through dentists. With a dental professional, the whole treatment can be monitored closely, and no over-bleaching will occur. Dentists may also assess if the treatment is compatible with a patient. Unlike the case with at-home solutions, dentists can prevent people who might be harmed by the procedure from using it.

Teeth bleaching is a great way to remove stains from the teeth. However, when undergoing the procedure, always make sure that your teeth's wellness is the priority and not just the look.