4 Reasons Why an At-Home Teeth Whitening Kit Might Not Be Right for You

Do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits are a popular option for bringing back a healthy shine to stained and dulled teeth. They are reasonably safe and usually live up to their packaging claims. But a home kit might not always be in your best interest. Here are 4 reasons why DIY teeth whitening might not be right for you.

4 Reasons Why DIY Teeth Whitening is Not Right for You

You are on the early side of your teen years. Teeth whitening at home is quite popular with teenagers. For older teens, it does not pose a dental risk as long as you use the product appropriately. However, the immature enamel of younger teens' permanent teeth is still developing and can be vulnerable to damage by the teeth whitening processes.

You do not follow instructions. Not to say you have this particular character quirk, but if you do you may run into trouble with at-home teeth whitening kits. Home kits are safe if you follow their instructions carefully. If you use the teeth whitening kits in excess, you could severely and permanently damage your teeth's protective enamel.

You need to get dental work done. Teeth whitening cannot fix everything that may be contributing to an unattractive smile. It is always better to have issues like cavities or chipped teeth addressed first, before whitening. And, if your tooth discoloration originates from inside your tooth, a whitening kit will not help. They are only designed for staining on the enamel's outside surface. A specific dental procedure is needed to whiten internal (or intrinsic) tooth staining.

You want control of the teeth brightness. Home kits do not have the level of fine-tuning that a dental clinic procedure can achieve. The bleaching agent in a professional teeth whitening solution is much stronger than a home kit, and your dentist is trained in techniques that can vary the amount of bleaching, from a softer white to a dazzling “Hollywood” bright. And, professional teeth whitening usually takes fewer sessions and will last longer than an at-home kit.

If you are interested in teeth whitening, give Family First Dental a call at (402) 644-3177 or visit our Teeth Whitening page today!

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Posted on: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Last modified on: Thursday, October 25, 2018

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