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DIY Whitening: What You Should Know

Posted by: Dr. Sirakian     Categories: Uncategorized

Whitening products that can be purchased online or at the drugstore have become ubiquitous. You’ve probably seen ads on magazines or social media for easily obtainable whitening products that promise pearlier whites after one use. The appeal is obvious. After all, everyone wants shiny, white teeth! But do these products really work, and more importantly, are they safe?

The good news is that these products will typically give you some results, to an extent. The ingredients that actually do the whitening—usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide—are present in many over-the-counter (OTC) whitening options, but in much weaker concentrations than what you’d receive in the dentist’s office. This means that you can’t receive the same results as quickly or effectively as you would from a professional treatment.

The bad news? Sometimes DIY whitening products, particularly those indie brands you may have seen advertised on Facebook or Instagram, are completely unregulated. They may not even have active whitening ingredients in their formulas, or may use a “magic light” that doesn’t do anything. Conversely, the active ingredients can be too strong, and dangerous to use and ingest.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easily accessible whitening product, Crest Whitestrips are probably the best, safest option. They are regulated and accepted by the American Dental Association, and will give you some small improvement in the whiteness of your teeth. But for long-lasting, dazzling results, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

Consult your dentist today about which whitening option is best for you, and get ready to show off a beautiful, whiter smile!

Nov
11

Can Wisdom Teeth Stem Cells Be Used to Treat Corneal Scarring?

A scarred or scratched cornea is a condition that necessitates immediate treatment, and it could potentially lead to permanent vision loss. As of now, the options to treat this scarring include donor corneas replacing the damaged one, or donor tissues to try and regenerate the impaired tissue. However, teeth may provide another option! Recent findings […]

Nov
8

It’s National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time where America focuses directly on the disease that affects over 29 million Americans. According to the American Diabetes Association, that’s about 9.3% of the entire population. Diabetes, in its simplest form, is a disease that affects your body’s ability to process sugar. No, not the sugar you find […]

Nov
4

What is Your Mouth Trying to Tell You?

You may not realize it, but your mouth is probably trying to tell you something pretty serious after you turn thirty. Past the age of thirty, you have a fifty percent chance of suffering from some form of gum disease. If you are experiencing chronic bad breath, bleeding gums while brushing, bleeding or sore gums […]

Oct
29

What Are Dentures Made Of?

If you are contemplating getting dentures, then there are a lot of things that you need to know. While pricing, fit, and care instructions are all important things to keep in mind when researching dentures, one thing you may not have considered is the material of the dentures themselves. This is important not only because […]

Oct
2

Pricier Soda for Healthier Teeth

It’s no secret that sugary drinks present a serious risk to oral health. There is a well-documented link between consumption of sugary beverages and tooth decay. Sugar combines with bacteria in the mouth to form acid, which attacks tooth enamel, thus weakening the teeth. With today’s meteoric rise in the consumption of sugar-laden beverages, experts […]

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