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Dangers of DIY teeth whitening

For many patients simple dental procedures such as teeth whitening can make all the difference in changing the way they look. In addition to crowns, veneers andtooth implants, professional dentists in Melbourne utilise quality dental products and equipment to lighten teeth that have become stained or discoloured in a safe manner that do not threaten teeth enamel.

The quick and easy availability of various over-the-counter products such as whitening strips, whitening toothpastes and at-home whitening kits may at first seem the preferred option to patients for convenient quick-fix solutions these offer, but theAustralian Dental Association cautions patients to be aware of the risks attached.

  • Lack of professional consultation

A suitably qualified dental practitioner is best placed to determine to determine the need for whitening teeth. They can get to the root of the discolouration or staining and recommend appropriate dental treatments to address any underlying oral issues.

  • Incorrect use of products may cause more harm than good

Another serious risk is the harmful effects these products may have on teeth and gums and possibly even nerve damage. Incorrect use, over use (in the erroneous belief than more exposure will better the results) and using bleaching chemicals in wrong concentrations is a gamble that could pose more expensive and complex to fix down the line.

  • Products may weaken enamel

An increasedloss of mineral content is a concern with over-the-shelf products. This loss results in weakened enamel and a greater likelihood of cavities forming. In-chair products, on the other hand, work to produce the opposite effect as these can be found to increase the enamel’s resistance to erosion.

Why in-clinic whitening procedures are the better option

In order for a whitening product to produce optimal results, the product needs to contain high concentrations (that is deemed safe by relevant regulatory bodies) of the active ingredient, hydrogen peroxide. Higher levels are required to allow for the ingredient to penetrate deeper into the enamel while lower concentrations are able to act only in a superficial manner on the outer layer of teeth. In Australia only a professional dental practitioner is allowed to use products that contain over 6 percent of hydrogen peroxide.

For some patients teeth sensitivity and gum irritation may be side effects experienced during whitening procedures, but these symptoms are closely monitored when whitening treatments are performed by an experienced dentist.

 Ways to keep teeth clean

There are a number of ways patients can maintain whiter-looking teeth. The two best ways are to:

  • Avoid foods and beverages known for their ability to stain teeth (coffee, tea, wine, dark-coloured foods, tomato-based curries). If one can’t avoid certain foods, the brushing soon after consuming them may limit the risk of staining.
  • Avoid smoking as chemicals such as nicotine in cigarettes can over time leave teeth looking yellow.

Patients of High Dental Implants Melbourne can experience in-clinic dental whitening treatments that offer optimal results for longer. Speak to a dental practitioner today. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.