4 Reasons Not to Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Many people want a whiter smile, and doing it yourself is more convenient than taking time off work to see your dentist. However, doing your own tooth whitening has its downsides. Here are four problems that you might encounter as a result of your do-it-yourself tooth whitening regime.

Tooth Sensitivity

The chemicals in tooth whitening products can cause increased sensitivity in many people. Studies have shown that 54% of people who whiten their teeth at home suffer from at least mild sensitivity, while 10% have moderate sensitivity, and 4% have severe sensitivity.  Conditions such as gum recession make you more likely to experience a severe reaction. Your dentist will examine your mouth to make sure you're a good candidate for tooth whitening before beginning the treatment. If you whiten your own teeth, you have no way to evaluate your suitability for this treatment. 

Uneven Whiteness

Uneven whiteness should be a major concern to anyone who is considering whitening their teeth at home. Do-it-yourself whitening strips and trays are one size fits all and are not guaranteed to fit your mouth well. A whitening product that slips around can result in uneven application of the whitening chemicals, giving you blotchy looking teeth. Your dentist can use a custom-fitted tray and expert application to ensure that your teeth are an even color.

Gum Irritation

The chemicals in tooth whitening products aren't supposed to come in contact with your gums, but when you're doing your own whitening, this is hard to avoid. Tooth whitening strips may slip onto your gums, and ill-fitting tooth whitening trays may also bring your gums into contact with the chemicals. This leads to irritated or even painful gums. When dentists whiten teeth, they're careful to only apply the whitening chemicals to the teeth.

Worsened Dental Issues

Before your dentist whitens your teeth, he or she will examine your mouth for dental issues such as cracked teeth or cavities. These problems need to be fixed before the whitening process can begin. When you whiten your teeth at home, you have no way of knowing that you have a cavity or a crack until after the bleach seeps inside your tooth, causing damage to the inside of your tooth.  

Do-it-yourself tooth whitening may be convenient, but there are many things that can go wrong. You can end up with sensitive teeth, uneven whiteness, or sore gums, and you can even make existing dental problems worse. If you want whiter teeth, make an appointment with your dentist (like those at Campbell Dental Centre Ltd)  and have your teeth whitened safely.