Posted on 8/20/2019 by Brandon Cooley
|There are many reasons that your teeth are not always bright and white. Not following good oral hygiene routines is one. Eating certain foods and drinks is another.
These are the types of things that many are aware of and are one of the reasons that they may turn to teeth whitening products. What you may not realize is that overuse of the teeth whitening products may also cause the teeth to become darker instead of whiter. Take some time to learn why this can happen and how to avoid it.
The Process of Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is becoming more popular. There are plenty of home teeth whitening products available as well as professional teeth whitening in our offices. When done properly, it is possible to get your teeth several shades whiter.
Teeth whitening works using chemicals applied to the teeth. The main ingredients in most home teeth whitening products is carbamide peroxide which turns into a bleaching agent when mixed with water. That bleaching agent can remove some of the stains that turn the teeth a different color. Professional whitening products use stronger chemicals and can work with ultraviolet lights to get faster and better results. Both processes require putting the chemicals on the teeth for a period of time.
How it Can Go Wrong
There are some common mistakes that people make when using teeth whitening products. They either use more of the chemicals than they should, they leave it on too long or they use it too often. The result is a breakdown of the enamel on the teeth. This erosion can lead to exposure of the dentin of the teeth. The dentin can read to dark colored splotches on the teeth.
To avoid mistakes with teeth whitening, check with our office to see the best way to accomplish your goals. When done right, the risks of dark spots is much lower and the chances of whiter teeth is much higher.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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