Teeth Whitening: Three Tips for Avoiding Home Treatment Common Mistakes

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If you are concerned about the discolouration of your teeth, you should consult a dentist for in-office whitening. This treatment option is favourable because dental experts have products and tools which are not available on the general market. Therefore, the results will be exceptional. In addition, in-office whitening procedures are regulated and handled by experienced experts. So, there is minimal risk of teeth damage. However, if you prefer DIY treatments, there are some over-the-counter solutions that you can utilise. Here are some essential safety tips to help you avoid common home teeth whitening mistakes.

Avoid Overuse of Whitening Strips

Whitening stripes are inexpensive, and they are easy to use. Also, these strips are quite effective for making relatively discoloured teeth relatively brighter. Therefore, they are popular for home teeth whitening. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to overuse these products. Once one sees the results, it is difficult to resist repetitive treatments. If you are planning on using whitening strips, you should read and follow the instructions. You should not leave the strips on the teeth for longer than recommended. Also, you should not use them more frequently than indicated by the manufacturer. Remember, these whitening products have compounds which will damage the enamel if overused.

Choose Correctly Fitting Trays

If you are interested in using whitening gel for improving the appearance of your teeth, you will need to obtain trays to hold the gel against the dental arches. These trays can be purchased from a pharmaceuticals supplier in the local market. Unfortunately, these devices are designed to fit the average person. If your mouth and dental structure does not conform to the assumed normal standards, the trays will not fit correctly. The ill-fitting trays will damage the gums by exerting undue pressure. Also, these units will cause the gel to leak to the rest of the oral cavity. As a result, your oral structures will become irritated and sensitive. Ideally, you should ask your dental clinic to fabricate custom trays for ideal results.

Using Harmful Household Products

Finally, you should avoid using home whitening solutions that involve common household products. For example, some people might recommend the use of baking soda, citric acid and bleach for cleaning your teeth. These materials are not designed for use on teeth, and they have not been approved for medical use. Moreover, these products have corrosive effects which could cause the deterioration of the enamel. Continued use of household materials will cause permanent dental damage, necessitating extensive treatment in the future.


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