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Do Teeth Whitening Strips Help or Damage My Teeth?

By Dr. Brett Silverman | Dec 2, 2020 | Cosmetic Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

You want a smile that shines and reflects a healthy mouth. We get it! No one wants to have dingy-looking teeth. And with how easy it is to get over-the-counter whitening strips and other teeth bleaching products, it seems like at-home whitening is a straight-forward process.

While the process may be simple and somewhat cheaper, the results could be damaging and long-lasting.

Read on to learn about what whitening strips are, what effects they could have on your teeth, and how Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, GA is your best bet when it comes to a bright smile.

What are teeth whitening strips?

DIY and at-home whitening strips are available for folks to purchase without a prescription. These strips contain a form of hydrogen peroxide with the goal to remove any discoloration and surface stains on the teeth.

The formula is placed on the inside of a plastic strip that lays over the teeth for a period of time before removing and rinsing. The hydrogen peroxide bleaches the outside of your teeth and makes teeth appear whiter.

The process could be achieved over a treatment that lasts a few days and there are some that boast results even faster.

But what could go wrong?

Before slapping on some whitening strips, it’s important to understand what could go wrong and how these DIY treatments could negatively impact your teeth over time.

The area underneath your teeth’s enamel is known as dentin. Dentin is packed with protein, with collagen being a huge part of its composition.

Whitening strips can begin to chip away at your dentin as a result of the hydrogen peroxide that is included in the strips themselves. This leaves your teeth open to exposure and sensitivity that comes from the removal of the important protein included in dentin that protects the enamel of your teeth.

The bad news? 

Over time, these strips will cause the dentin and collagen to break down and may not even whiten as much as you desired.

Choose Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to whiten your teeth

Why you may enjoy the DIY method of teeth whitening at home with strips, the possibility of damage may outweigh the potential benefits. Dr. Silverman and the team at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry have experience and skill on their side, while making the process affordable for patients who want to whiten their teeth.

By coming to the office for teeth whitening, your dentist will have the opportunity to control the amount of hydrogen peroxide used to whiten your teeth. Everyone’s mouth is different and one size does not fit all.

The quality of ingredients our office is able to use keeps in mind the composition of your teeth and limits the sensitivity that can occur.

An in-office teeth whitening appointment can result in faster, longer-lasting, and more apparent results than by using whitening strips at home. By utilizing heat, light, and the whitening chemicals, we can have much more success in achieving the smile you’ve been looking for.

When a patient comes in for a whitening appointment, we can supervise and monitor the entire whitening process and ensure the health of your teeth is not compromised for the goal of getting white teeth. Being able to have control of this process is a valued trait of whitening in the office versus at home.

We’re here to help.

Your teeth are a valued investment when it comes to your health and appearance. You can avoid any mishaps with at-home whitening by trusting Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry to take care of this for you.

We have cost-effective procedures that will work the first time rather than you choosing a cheaper, OTC option that may be most costly in the long run. Call us today to get more information about the teeth whitening process and how we can help!

Resources:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/how-whitening-strips-can-harm-your-teeth

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/news/20190409/those-whitening-strips-may-damage-your-teeth#1

https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/teeth-whitening-at-home-dentist#1

Posted by Advanced Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

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