Are Over-the-Counter Whitening Trays Safe to Use Regularly
Posted on 9/6/2021 by Dick Hikade, DDS
There are many tooth whitening products on market, and their effectiveness varies. Over-the-counter products are one of the commonly used whitening trays, but are they safe to use regularly? Before using any product, it is important to understand the risk they pose before using them on your teeth. As much as they can be effective in whitening your teeth, most of the over-the-counter whitening trays are not safe to use regularly. Read on to understand why they are unsafe to use regularly.
The Risks of Regularly Using Over-the-Counter Whitening Trays
Most of these trays are cumbersome to use and usually whiten the front teeth only; they only give the desired results if you have capped back teeth. Therefore, the effectiveness of over-the-counter whitening trays is highly questionable, and only those that are regulated can have a less negative impact on your teeth. Also, these products are not safe to use regularly because the whitening agents used can be harmful to your teeth. The chemistry of the agents is very unstable; it can be too strong and dangerous to your oral health or too weak to whiten your teeth.
Furthermore, using extremely powerful reagents to whiten your teeth can cause oral conditions like tooth decay and sensitivity. This is because the chemicals in these reagents will attack your tooth enamel and weaken it. With a weakened enamel, bacteria will easily penetrate it and cause decay. The damage will also expose the dentin beneath it, increasing tooth sensitivity; a sharp pain when you drink hot or cold beverages.
This underlines the importance of having your teeth whitened by our professionals. The whitening process at our offices is controlled, easier, and gives the best results. We use a safer and advanced system that gives you maximum flexibility and it is easy to maintain. Professional teeth whitening procedures are effective, safe, and don't contain harmful chemicals. Visit our offices for more information on the dangers of over-the-counter whitening trays.