At-Home Whitening: Is It Safe?

Many of us strive to attain the perfect, bright white smile we see in magazines or on television. Most people have decades of stains on their teeth from coffee, tobacco use, wine, or even just poor dental hygiene. Fortunately, with modern dental advancements, getting whiter teeth is easy. There are many over-the-counter products available that promise ‘whiter teeth in days’. The question is – are they safe?

The Simple Answer

The short answer is – no. Over-the-counter whitening products contain many chemicals that will damage your enamel. Your enamel – the hardest tissue in your body and the protective coating of your teeth – can never be replaced. Protecting your enamel should be a priority, even when striving for whiter teeth. While you can whiten your teeth with drugstore whitening toothpaste, gel trays, strips, or even lights – it may not be worth it for the damage it does to the health of your teeth.

white smileIn addition, these chemicals don’t just destroy your enamel – they can make you sick! Ingesting whitening chemicals that are used in over-the-counter products can lead to many stomach issues, and if used for a long period of time, can even turn into ulcers, GI disease, or cancer.

Whitening At Home Safely

If you are after the convenience of whitening at home, there is still a way to do this in a safe way without destroying your enamel or making yourself sick. At Mile High Dental & Implant Centers, we have a few whitening options. One of these options is a take-home whitening kit. The ingredients are safe and dentist-approved – and yes, you can see results in just a few uses.

If you are after quick results, we also offer in-house whitening that offers results in as little as one session. Start with a consultation today and let us help you attain the white smile of your dreams – all while keeping your teeth (and enamel) healthy!


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