Teeth whitening is a billion-dollar industry. In fact, in 2016, more than $1.4 billion dollars was spent on teeth-whitening products in the U.S. alone. Teeth whitening as we know it now has been continuously improving since the 1980’s. Both with in-office treatments and take-home gels. But because people are often concerned with the cost of in-office whitening, they instead turn to over-the-counter alternatives which, if not performed properly, can be damaging to your dental health.
The biggest concern with over-the-counter bleaching products is that they are not at all regulated by the FDA. Additionally, most people will use these products too often or leave them on the teeth for too long. Over-bleaching the teeth will remove the protective tooth enamel, weakening the tooth and revealing the dentin underneath. Ironically, this dentin is yellow, which will cause the teeth to appear even more yellow than before.
Below are a few tips to keep in mind when considering safely whitening your teeth:
Even more important than having white teeth is having healthy teeth. You can have both, but you need to take the proper precautions beforehand. For more tips on how to safely whiten your teeth or to set up a teeth-whitening consultation here at our office, please contact Balota Family Dentistry. Our family dental office is located here in Colorado Springs, CO.