Many people think that the little strips you put on your teeth or the whitening agent in a mouthwash are innocuous substances that can't cause any real problems. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily true. If used improperly or to excess, teeth whitening products can cause far more harm than good.
How Do I Know How Much Is Too Much?
First of all, before you embark on your teeth whitening mission you should talk to your dentist. He can examine your teeth and make sure that there are no cracks or holes that can't be seen by the naked eye.
If you have cracks in your enamel and you use a teeth whitening agent, the bleaching agents can get under the enamel and damage your nerves causing you a lot of pain and a lot of problems.
Excessive bleaching can also wear away the enamel on your teeth, which is the protective coating that keeps cavities at bay.
If you use strips and leave them on too; long or use them more than twice a year, you can cause your teeth to get splotchy instead of pure white.
It can also cause your teeth to become more sensitive to hot or cold. You should also be sure that the product you buy is FDA approved. If it isn't you have no idea what chemical agents are contained in the product. Nor do you know how it can damage your teeth.
Lastly if you use trays, just go to the dentist and get one custom made for your teeth. The commercial trays are one size fits all and frankly, it won't fit every mouth.
If you have your teeth sit in chemicals in a tray that doesn't fit, you could get chemical burns on your gums or other areas of your oral cavity that come in contact with the chemicals.
Contact our office today if you have any questions about whitening your teeth.