We all want to have nice, even, and white teeth, however, how much pain are we willing to go through to achieve them?
Having white teeth is supposed to be a sign of health, however, some people put a lot of stress on their oral health when they attempt to whiten their teeth. This has to do with the bleaching chemicals present in these whitening products which also make contact with our gums and wreak havoc on the enamel of our teeth. But are all whitening products so bad?
That’s something that we’re about to get into
The common active ingredient in tooth whiteners is peroxide which is a bleaching agent. Though when applied in small concentrations or dosage, is not that harmful, it can quickly become detrimental to the state of our teeth when applied too frequently or left on too long.
Type of whitening products
There are several different categories of teeth whiteners, from kinds of toothpaste, gels, strips or dental light treatments. They all evolved at different times and employ similar enough technologies, all with the sole purpose of whitening teeth. Each comes with its own hits and misses, but now let’s look at their effect on our health.
Whitening toothpaste usually has a minimal amount of peroxide meaning that though there might not be that much damage to your teeth, you won’t see much of a result either, at least not without prolonged used.
Tray and Gel
This treatment involves squeezing a peroxide gel into shaped trays and putting them on your teeth. The problem is that this gel often comes in contact with gums, and can lead to inflammation, bleaching, or even a receding gum line with frequent use. If you ever see anyone with white gums, this is the reason that it’s happening. No worries, it will return to its original hue, however before that the gums will become very red due to inflammation.
Whitening strips have become popular in the last few years thanks to how easy they are to use. No more messy liquids, squirting tubes or awkward trays. However, the problem still remains. If you want to get the entire surface of your teeth, you’ll most likely be applying some of it to your gums. Also, because of their ease of use, people tend to get carried away and whiten their teeth too often, exposing them to a plethora of problems that are difficult to fix.
Get a Professional Help
A dentist or a technician carefully paint the solution onto your teeth, avoiding your gums, and then activates the hydrogen peroxide with light. This doesn’t mean that your teeth won’t be sensitive for a few days, but you will see results. Make sure you go with a qualified and trusted professional with a history of good results and safe habits. Do due diligence, ask for references, and read reviews- it’s your right since you are trusting this person, not just with your appearance but with your health.
Whichever whitening method you choose to engage in, remember that going overboard is the worst thing you can do. Specialists will agree that occasional whitening is nothing to worry about, however becoming reliant on it can have bad effects later on. From deteriorating and receding gums, to thin and worn enamel, not only will your mouth ache, it can actually lead to your teeth coming stained more easily.
As with everything, moderation is key. So just sit back, relax, and smile knowing that you have your priorities straight.