Many of us wish for a brighter smile, and every year, millions of Americans whiten their teeth. Most teeth whitening products contain one of two bleaches: hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These bleaches break up stains to make your teeth appear brighter. Here at McNeely Family Dentistry, we offer our patients two types of professional teeth whitening services:
- Custom whitening trays fitted in-office to be used at home with our professional-strength whitening gel.
- An hour-long single-visit whitening appointment, after which you’re teeth will be noticeably whiter.
Some patients prefer to buy over-the-counter teeth whitening products, such as whitening strips or gel from their local pharmacy. It’s important to note that while popular, these products are not as effective as professional-grade whitening products because they contain a lower dose of bleach.
So Does Teeth Whitening Weaken Enamel?
No, teeth whitening does not weaken enamel. Enamel is the hard protective layer on your teeth that forms in childhood. Used properly, teeth whitening products do not strip away this protective layer, they just stain it white to make your smile brighter. However, overuse of bleaching and whitening products can damage enamel, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before beginning any whitening regimen. Additionally, don’t forget that teeth whitening can cause temporary tooth and gum sensitivity. This will pass after a few hours.
Ask Your Dentist!
Everyone’s dental health is different. It’s very important to talk to your dentist to see which teeth whitening process is right for you. This is especially true if you have many crowns, fillings, and dark stains on your teeth. Your dentist will be able to pinpoint the right whitening procedure for you and help you achieve your ideal smile.