When you think about it, tooth whitening doesn’t seem to be a cosmetic dentistry procedure that could be measurably harmful. In fact, teeth whitening has become one of the most widely sought and performed cosmetic dentistry procedure today as stains and discoloration naturally occur on everyone’s teeth. With teeth whitening any stains or discoloration can be removed and the teeth are left much whiter and brighter. However, anyone looking to undergo teeth whitening should remember that not all processes are created equal and not everyone is licensed to professionally whiten your teeth. In some cases whitening your teeth can be dangerous to your oral health.
Commonly, teeth whitening is a safe, easy, and relatively quick treatment that rarely results in any sort of ill side effects. However, when done improperly, teeth whitening can cause problems. In fact, many nowadays seek treatment from non-professional teeth whitening providers that offer quicker and less expensive treatment options, but the results aren’t always as expected and many come out suffering from more dental problems than they first had. Because of this, Edward Davey, parliamentary undersecretary of state for BIS, has pushed for European regulators to cut down on the amount of teeth whitening products that can be directly purchased without needing a licensed dentists’ approval. This is because chemicals such as chlorine dioxide and inconsistent trading standards have allowed unlicensed professionals to provide dental whitening services that aren’t the safest.
Safety Risks Of Teeth Whitening Outside Of A Dental Office
Non-dental professionals, found in a variety of places including mall kiosks and beauty shops, provide teeth whitening services. However, many of the products used at these locations use chlorine dioxide at highly unsafe levels which can result in damaged teeth and burned gums. Products that have a 38% or higher hydrogen peroxide content are extremely strong and when used improperly, burn the gum off of the oral bones and teeth.
Remember that stains and tooth discoloration are something that we all have to face in life. If you want to restore your smile to one that is whiter and brighter, teeth whitening provided by a professional and licensed dentist, such as Dr. Siegel, can provide you with the results you want. Contact our office today for a teeth whitening appointment to revamp your smile!