If you want to have a whiter smile, you’re not alone: Americans spend an estimated 1.4 billion dollars on whitening products each year! It’s no wonder that so many whitening fads have come out. These do-it-yourself methods of whitening promise to give you a dazzling smile from the comfort of your own home. But the question is whether they work without harming your teeth! In this blog, you’ll find out why these three at-home whitening methods can actually do permanent damage, and why seeing a cosmetic dentist in Lisle is a far better way to get the job done!
If you’ve spent much time on social media, you’ve probably heard various people claim that charcoal binds to the stains in your teeth and lifts them away to reveal a whiter smile underneath.
If only it were so simple! Since charcoal is abrasive, it can remove some of the pigments that lie on top of your teeth, but it won’t change the color of your teeth.
As an analogy, imagine a yellow wall that’s been splattered in ketchup. You can remove the ketchup and make the wall look cleaner, but you won’t change the color of the wall without repainting it.
In addition, the repeated use of charcoal can wear away your enamel over time, which can do serious damage to your teeth.
2. Fruit and Baking Soda
This method involves brushing with a mixture of baking soda and an acidic fruit juice like lemon. Unfortunately, it isn’t a recipe for whitening your teeth – it’s a recipe for needing major dental work.
When you combine an acid along with a harsh abrasive and brush your teeth with it, you’ll wear away your enamel very quickly. Not only does it not whiten your teeth, it can lead to severe problems that require very expensive dental work to fix.
Remember, you only get one set of adult teeth that have to last you up to 90 years. You don’t want to do anything to jeopardize them!
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an active ingredient in many whitening products, but using it in pure form isn’t helpful or safe. It’s added to whitening formulas in very particular concentrations for a good reason: It’s more effective that way and also won’t cause any sensitivity.
As many people have found out, trying to whiten at home is a waste of time and money. But the good news is that professional treatments can make your teeth 6 – 10 shades whiter without any risk.
If you want to get great results without damaging your teeth, your best bet is to schedule an appointment with a dentist in Lisle who has a track record of providing great cosmetic treatment!
About the Author
Having been in practice for three decades, Dr. Frank Marchese has seen it all when it comes to do-it-yourself dentistry. He knows how much his patients want a beautiful smile and always recommends the treatment plan that will give them the results they’re after, safely and reliably. If you have any questions, he can be reached through his website or at (630) 969-2310.