Disadvantages of Using Over the Counter Teeth Whitening
Everybody wants a bright, white smile. There has probably never been a single person who took great pride in yellow or stained teeth. Avoiding smoking and drugs and moderation of sugar, coffee and wine are all things that can help preserve your bright white smile. However, we all eventually find ourselves in a fight against the natural progression of darkening teeth.
Ineffective Teeth Whitening Costs You Money
There are many over the counter products that claim to whiten your teeth, from toothpastes and mouthwashes to fancy treatments that include a light that is said to help the process. These options seem like a cheaper alternative to going to the actual dentist for teeth whitening. The problem is, the government does not regulate teeth whitening products. The companies that manufacture these products don’t have any accountability as to whether or not their products have any whitening effect at all. If you end up investing your money in over the counter teeth whitening kits that end up having no positive effect on the brightness of your smile, you aren’t really saving money.
When it comes to whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes, there’s not going to be much change unless you’re rinsing with mouthwash 6 to 9 times a day, holding it in your mouth for a few minutes and repeating daily for a few months. Even then, whitening is not a sure thing. Some white strips have a whitening effect but only cover your front 6 teeth. There are some other products that boast a teeth-whitening light, which seems to be more of a marketing ploy, as it has not been proven to contribute much to the whitening process.
Teeth Whitening Without Proper Dental Care is Risky
Another potential downside of whitening kits is that they are often used as a substitute for dental work. Attempting to brighten a smile that has not seen a dentist in years by use of over the counter products can cause further complications. If one of the supposed whitening agents gets into a cavity or a troubled spot in their mouth, the result could be extreme pain.
Let a Professional Handle Your Teeth Whitening
On the contrary, if you go to your dentist for teeth whitening, they will have all of the knowledge that is needed to get you the appropriate care. Professionals have tried and true methods that produce sure results. At Parkcrest Dental Group, we offer non-invasive and effective teeth whitening. If you want to get back to your brightest, whitest smile and you want to do it in a healthy and effective way, contact Parkcrest Dental Group today for your consultation.