How DIY whitening can hurt your smile
- Posted on: Aug 30 2021
Are you interested in brightening your smile? Have you been considering the do-it-yourself methods that are touted online on social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest? Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano of DeStefano Dentistry in Pittsford, NY encourages patients to tread carefully when considering these DIY options, as some of them can harm the teeth instead of improving their brilliance. Below are a few recommendations from Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano regarding do-it-yourself whitening options.
- Avoid the use of household products. Many household products such as activated charcoal, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda can be damaging to the teeth. The American Dental Association warns that these products show no evidence that they can whiten the teeth. Many of these products are known for causing wearing of tooth enamel, irritation of the gums, and extreme sensitivity to the teeth. Instead, patients should avoid the use of these household products as advertised on social media and instead consider turning to the local drugstore for over-the-counter kits.
- Use over-the-counter whitening kits carefully. While over-the-counter whitening kits are safer than the use of household products, certain side effects can be bothersome. Some patients experience excruciating tooth sensitivity, especially if the bleaching agent leaks into a cavity. Bleach leakage with over-the-counter whitening trays can also cause gum irritation and sensitivity. Using the whitening products as directed is important, but this doesn’t eliminate the risk of side effects.
- Learn about the benefits of professional whitening options. Dental practices offer several professional whitening options to choose from that are managed either at home with customized whitening kits or right in the dentist’s chair with the assistance of a skilled and experienced team. Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano and his team can evaluate patients and determine if they can benefit from whitening, and offer them in-office solutions that are both safe and effective.
Contact DeStefano Dentistry today
If you are interested in professional whitening that is reliable, effective, and safe, now is the time to connect with Dr. Thomas J. DeStefano to discuss your options. The office is located at 600 Kreag Road in Pittsford, NY and accepts new patients who call for an appointment at (585) 248-2383.
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