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The Risks of Store-Bought Teeth Whitening

April 9, 2021
Posted By: Anderson Dental
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Are you tired of hiding your smile because your teeth lack radiance? After years of drinking coffee, red wine, or healthy green juices, your teeth’s appearance can be left in less than perfect shape. Your teeth can develop stains that hinder your smile’s natural beauty, making your teeth look more worn and aged. Luckily, teeth whitening is a cosmetic treatment to brighten your smile and remove unsightly stains. 

Teeth whitening is a booming business as people continue on their quest to achieving a smile fit for the Silver Screen. Hollywood stars are known for their perfect white smiles, but you can get a smile just like theirs with professional teeth whitening in Champaign, IL. 

Why Are Store-Bought Whiteners Risky?

Store-bought whiteners may seem like a quick fix, but they do not often safely or effectively deliver desirable results. Oftentimes, store-bought whitening trays do not evenly cover the teeth, which can increase the risk of tooth or gum sensitivity and result in a splotchy smile.

Teeth whitening is a fantastic confidence booster, and everyone wants to enhance their smile’s appearance any way they can. However, some teeth whiteners are not nearly as safe or effective as professional whitening provided by your dentist in Champaign.

Here are four examples of over-the-counter teeth whiteners and their risks:

#1 Whitening Strips 

Though whitening strips are inexpensive and accessible, they do not evenly coat the teeth with whitening gel. They also do not whiten in the crevices between the teeth, resulting in uneven color. If used excessively, whitening strips can cause tooth damage and sensitivity, and they can cause sensitive white spots to develop on your gums. 

#2 UV Light Whitening Kits 

There are no regulations with at-home UV light whitening kits, according to the Journal of the American Dental Association: these kits “do not include safety recommendations or regulations that are directly related to blue light exposure.” These over-the-counter UV whitening kits have several oral health risks, including infections, soft tissue burns, toothaches, gum shrinkage, and nerve damage. When done by a cosmetic dentist, UV whitening is safe and effective. However, at-home UV whitening is not recommended for health and safety reasons, and it can lead to a patchy smile. 

#3 Whitening Pens  

Whitening pens are used as a paintbrush--a user can target individual teeth that may need lightening. These pens have a small percentage of hydrogen peroxide, so this method is not very effective. Whitening pens can also cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity if not used correctly. 

#4 Whitening Trays 

Off-the-shelf whitening trays are created as a one-size-fits-all option. The trays are usually ill-fitting, and they do not conform to your unique smile structure. Because of this, the whitening gel can spread to the gums and cause damage, irritation, or sensitivity.  

Instead of taking a chance with store-bought whitening kits, dentists recommended you seek a whitening solution from your cosmetic dentist. Your dentist can safely and effectively whiten your teeth in-chair, or he or she can give you a customized take-home kit to use with a set of specific instructions. 

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening in Champaign, IL

Woman trying shades for teeth whitening in Champaign ILProfessional teeth whitening is an affordable solution to upgrade your smile and remove yellow or brown stains from your teeth. At Anderson Dental, we can help you refresh your smile’s appearance without breaking the bank or putting you at risk for tooth or gum sensitivity. Our dental practice offers in-office whitening solutions and customized take-home whitening kits. 

In-Office Teeth Whitening Treatment

If you choose to whiten your teeth in our office, the cosmetic dentist is specially trained to apply the whitening gel to each of your teeth without irritating your gums or lips. The whiteners we provide help whiten the teeth and remineralize and repair the tooth’s surface. This helps reduce the risk of sensitivity or enamel damage. Your cosmetic dentist's professional teeth whitening may give you faster results, which is usually what we recommend before a big event like a class reunion or wedding. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

With our professional take-home whiteners, you can now safely whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home without worrying about getting less-than-perfect results. Our take-home kits include custom-made whitening trays created from a mold of your unique smile. 

The kit also includes our prescription-strength whitening gel so you can achieve a sparkling Hollywood smile. These take-home professional kits maximize results and minimize sensitivity so you can achieve your dream smile at your own pace. One of our team members provides instructions and suggestions for using the kit at home, so you don’t have to rearrange your busy schedule to get teeth whitening in our office. 

Schedule Teeth Whitening Treatment Near You!

Reliable teeth whitening in Champaign, IL starts at Anderson Dental, where we offer personalized solutions for your smile. When it comes to whitening your teeth, your cosmetic dentist will help you make the best decision based on your smile goals and lifestyle. 

To schedule a whitening consultation, please call our dentist office at (217) 356-7334

We look forward to helping you beautify your smile!

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