Does Whitening Come at the Expense of Your Enamel?

Many people around the world want white teeth. They can signal good health to observers, and even look great for photos when there is a big occasion. However, you may have heard that teeth whitening can cause damage to the enamel of your teeth. Enamel wear can be a problem since enamel is the outer protective layer of our teeth.

When enamel suffers excessive wear, it can cause problems such as tooth sensitivity, early tooth decay, and gum disease.

Teeth whitening can cause severe damage when done improperly, but done professionally can be safe and even promote good oral hygiene.

At home teeth whitening kits, toothpastes, and mouthwashes have gained popularity in the recent years. These products can make your teeth whiter, but chances are they will either be ineffective or cause irreversible damage to your teeth’s enamel. This is because many products are not strong enough to help whiten teeth while others are much too strong and can be dangerous if used improperly. If you decide you want whiter teeth, we recommend you come in for a visit so that we can do it properly.

How Will We Whiten Your Teeth?

When you come in for a tooth whitening procedure, we will first assess why your teeth are not as white as they could be. This is a very important step to take when dealing with whitening, because different products can be used for whitening teeth and using the wrong product may actually make your teeth look less white. This is also one reason we recommend visiting us for whitening instead of resorting to at home products which try to indiscriminately use different products to create whiter teeth.

After deciding which method to use for your particular teeth, we will perform the whitening carefully. Our training teaches us the proper way to whiten teeth while keeping your enamel protected from harm. Once the whitening is completed, we will be able to give you helpful information on how to keep your teeth white for longer and how to keep them healthy following the whitening.

The bottom line is that at home teeth whitening can be dangerous to your teeth’s enamel, and it is better suited to be done in our office. If you have more questions about our teeth whitening services, please give us a call. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you or even talk about our teeth whitening methods.