April 25, 2019
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Overusing Over-the-Counter Products
Products marketed to brighten your smile like whitening strips are affordable and convenient, but you can overuse them. When you leave them on for longer than what’s recommended on the package, it can put your teeth at risk for sensitivity. Before you settle on using whitening strips, talk to your dentist first.
Using Abrasive Baking Soda
Baking soda is often recommended on blogs as a way to remove surface stains from your teeth and brighten your smile. However, it’s not the best option for whitening your teeth because it doesn’t remove older stains. It’s also abrasive and can weaken your enamel and increase your tooth sensitivity, just like overusing whitening strips. Weakened enamel can also leave your teeth more susceptible to other oral issues such as cavities.
Following Acid-Based Home Whitening Recipes
If you do a quick search for ways to whiten your teeth at home, you may come across a recipe that encourages you to make a paste out of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Using acidic products to whiten your teeth can cause your enamel to erode, which puts you at risk for developing cavities and infections. Additionally, the American Dental Association listed lemons and other acidic fruits in the top 9 foods that can damage your teeth.
Whitening Trays That Don’t Fit Your Smile
Using one-size-fits-all trays that can be bought with over-the-counter whitening products can cause problems. Because they aren’t formed to your teeth, it could cause the whitening gel to leak and potentially irritate your gums. Additionally, it can keep you from getting the results you want.
Using Products That Aren’t Made for Your Teeth
It’s best not to use any product that isn’t specifically made for your mouth and hasn’t been proven to be safe. You’ll want to look for the American Dental Association seal of approval that proves a product is safe for oral use.
Instead of making any of these mistakes with over-the-counter whitening products, visit your cosmetic dentist in Phillipsburg for professional GLO (Guided Light Optics) whitening. It comes with a highly concentrated substance that doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients, unlike other whitening gels. You’ll notice results quickly and can get your smile 6-10 shades brighter. Skip common problems like sensitivity and weakening your tooth enamel from using over-the-counter products and your teeth will thank you!
About the Author
Dr. Nélida Garcia-DeMartino has over 3 decades of experience to offer her patients. She is trained and certified in countless advanced cosmetic procedures and even has orthodontic training. She has been named one of the “Top Dentists in America” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America and is a member of 7 different dental academy’s and associations. For any questions or to schedule an appointment, visit DeMartino Dental Group’s website or contact 908-859-5260.
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