Dangers of Over the Counter Teeth Whitening Products

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental treatments sought by patients at Lerner & Lemongello. Many of the patients that visit our office seeking professional whitening treatment do so after trying countless over the counter products.


When you visit any drug store or grocery store you can’t help but notice that there are hundreds of products on the market for whitening teeth. This includes whitening toothpastes, whitening gels and trays, white strips, pens and other products. It can be hard to understand which products are best and if any of them are safe for your teeth.


The fact is that a number of over the counter whitening products are too harsh for regular use. Rather than using gels that react with light to whiten your teeth from within, over the counter products whiten your teeth by harshly wearing away your enamel. When abrasive products are used they can eliminate stains but also damage your teeth.


Additionally, many patients do not practice adequate gum protection at home when using whitening products. This can cause pain, and harsh burns to your sensitive gum tissues. Finally, many patients do not follow instructions when using over the counter whitening products. In fact, may patients leave whitening strips or trays on their teeth overnight, making their already dangerous effects even worse.


If you are seeking a whiter and brighter smile, but want to keep your teeth and gums protected consider professional, safe, whitening services from Lerner & Lemongello today.


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