With so many over-the-counter teeth whiteners available, patients commonly ask if there any risks associated with store-bought teeth whitening kits.
The answer is simple: Yes, there is a risk for tooth damage.
Two of the biggest risks associated with OTC teeth whitening products are:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Root damage
Repeated use of OTC teeth whitening strips can damage cells within the dentin — the layer just beneath the enamel. Teeth whiteners may also cause tooth sensitivity, especially for younger people. But any sensitivity is likely to go away once the whitening routine has stopped.
People who are concerned about the color of their teeth should talk with us about a professional teeth whitening treatment. We use a whitening treatment called the Opalescence Teeth Whitening System. We believe it is the most effective method to bleach teeth to their maximum potential with the least amount of sensitivity. By using an in-office treatment and/or customized take home kit, the Opalescence Teeth Whitening solutions will give you a dazzling smile. It is possible to brighten your smile several shades lighter or more in just an hour!
If you have stained and discolored teeth and want your smile to be the whitest, brightest it can be, contact our office to see if the Opalescence Teeth Whitening System is right for you.