Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

Everyone wants bright white teeth and the confidence that comes with a gleaming smile. Because whiter teeth are so desired, there is a growing market for over-the-counter DIY teeth whitening solutions. While many of these take-home kits provide an affordable alternative to professional teeth whitening treatment, they also bring on a slew of potential dangers and complications.

If you’re committed to having your teeth whitened, Campbell Family Dentistry strongly recommends consulting your dentist before purchasing a take-home kit from the store. We offer several professional whitening options at our Roseburg office that are facilitated under the expertise of Dr. Campbell. Before calling to schedule a consultation, learn more about the dangers of DIY teeth whitening.

What is DIY Teeth Whitening?

DIY teeth whitening refers to a booming market of take-home whitening kits. These products promise whiter teeth in one or two quick treatments. Many of these products might yield success, but because they aren’t done under the careful supervision of professionals, they can cause a large array of complications.  

These products use a variety of treatment styles and chemicals to whiten your teeth. Many kits provide whitening trays that go over your teeth, with a cream or gel that actively whitens your teeth for the duration of the treatment time. Because these kits are purchased over the counter, there’s no way to accurately size these whitening trays to each person’s mouth, which often leads to inconsistencies.

What are the Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening?

DIY teeth whitening kits can cause cosmetic complications and in some cases they can cause damage to the integrity of your oral health. Many people report inconsistent cosmetic results, where certain teeth will end up partially whitened and others might not have been whitened at all. Whether due to user error or a low-quality product, the cosmetic inconsistencies could be altogether avoided under professional supervision.

Beyond cosmetics, DIY teeth whitening kits can threaten your oral health. These products utilize different chemicals that can damage your teeth and gums in a number of ways. Some examples of the damage DIY kits can cause to your dental health are:

  • Weakened enamel. This can create more sensitive teeth, and can even end up making your teeth more vulnerable to discoloration in the long-run.
  • Bleach in these products can permeate cavities and damage the roots of your teeth.
  • The chemicals in these problems have been known to occasionally cause mouth infections and severe stomach pain.

Don’t be fooled by the affordability of these DIY teeth whitening kits. While they are sometimes successful, they also bring potential complications that are simply not worth the risk. Your Roseburg dentist can assist you professionally in your teeth whitening endeavors.  

Seeking Professional Whitening in Roseburg?

If you’re looking to have your teeth whitened professionally in the Roseburg area, give us a call at 541-672-4732 to schedule a consultation. You can also contact us here.