At Home Whitening – Is It Safe?

June 20, 2022

white smile girlThere’s nothing that can quite match the confidence that a bright, white smile can give you. If you feel confident with your smile, you are more likely to share your smile with the world – which does a whole lot of good for your mental health. Studies have even shown that people who smile are more likely to be approached for exciting job opportunities or promotions.

The Dangers of Drugstore Whitening Products

Obtaining a white smile can be tricky, and dangerous. There are many over-the-counter whitening products that promise you a whiter, brighter smile, but here are a few reasons why you may want to steer clear of them.

  1. Your Enamel. Over-the-counter whitening products contain harsh chemicals that remove the discoloration of your teeth by also removing and/or damaging your enamel. Enamel is the hardest tissue in the human body and protects your tooth from infection. Without it, you are susceptible to many dental issues including disease and oral cancers.
  2. Your Health. These same chemicals that are dangerous for your enamel are also dangerous when ingested. If you use over-the-counter whitening toothpaste, strips, trays, or mouthwashes, you have a high chance of ingesting some of these chemicals. The ingredients in these products can give you stomach and digestional problems in the short term and can lead to ulcers or other GI cancers and diseases in the long term.
  3. Your Wallet. It may seem like over-the-counter whitening is a more affordable option than professional whitening services, but on average you will spend $50 or more for each ‘session’ of the over-the-counter products. These results are temporary, meaning you will need to continue using these products if you want to keep a white smile. Over the course of just a year, you will have already spent more than if you had used a safer, professional alternative with long-lasting results.

Get a White Smile That Lasts

While using over-the-counter whitening products is not a safe option, there are still ways to obtain a bright, white smile to give you the confidence you desire. At Lowry Main Street Dental, we offer professional whitening in-office and options for whitening at home – safely! Many patients can reach their desired level of whitening within one in-office session. So, don’t choose an alternative that is unsafe, damages your enamel, and will cost you more in the long run. Schedule an appointment at Lowry and let us help you achieve the confidence you deserve!