Let’s be honest- over-the-counter teeth whitening products are increasingly popular these days. After all, who doesn’t want a brighter smile with the convenience of a product you can use yourself? Aside from that, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are often less expensive than professional teeth whitening services. When you take these factors into consideration, it would seem like a no-brainer to choose over-the-counter teeth whitening over professional teeth whitening. But wait, there are a few things you may not know about the use of do-it-yourself teeth whitening kits. After reading this article, you may have a completely different opinion on the use of such products.

Today, Advanced Indiana will be giving you a few warnings about over-the-counter teeth whitening that we wish more people knew about. With every type of treatment out there, of course, there are side effects. Unfortunately, we have found that a large percentage of our patients were completely oblivious of the side effects associated with some of the most popular over-the-counter teeth whitening products available. Here’s what you need to know before making the decision between teeth whitening products and teeth whitening services for yourself.

The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening

If you’ve used teeth whitening products in the past, you’re not alone. According to recent statistics from Statista.com, 37 million Americans used teeth whitening products in 2020. While popular, however, there are many dangers associated with the use of these over-the-counter products. Here are some of the most important warnings we can give you about the use of these products.

1. Abuse and Overuse of Teeth Whitening Products

One of the biggest and most common problems that can occur when using teeth whitening products without consulting your dentist is the potential for overuse and abuse. Remember, an over-the-counter teeth whitener can only be so effective. Often, in wishing for better results, adults continue to use these products long after the recommended amount of time. When this happens, they become vulnerable to a higher risk of tooth sensitivity, tooth decay, and a variety of other issues.

2. Allergic Reactions

While minor, it should be noted that there is always a chance of an allergic reaction when using tooth whitening products. Horror stories of swollen gums and lips and extreme discomfort aren’t as rare as you might think. For this reason, we highly recommend that you consult your dentist about the use of teeth whitening products before using them. Your dentist is knowledgeable and can ensure that you are able to proceed with bleaching products more safely.

3. Burns

When you get a professional teeth whitening completed, these treatments are customized to fit your unique dental anatomy. Unfortunately, over-the-counter teeth whitening products are not. For this reason, your gums are at risk of developing mild to severe burns due to the use of powerful bleach. To avoid the chance of suffering from burns, you should choose professional teeth whitening services as they are specifically customized for you.

4. Increased Tooth Sensitivity

Increased tooth sensitivity is extremely common when using over-the-counter teeth whiteners. While some people only experience discomfort while they are actively wearing the bleach, others will find themselves suffering from sensitivity long after the treatment. With the prolonged use of these products, tooth sensitivity often only increases. This is one of the biggest reasons that we recommend professional teeth whitening with your dentist. Your dentist will be well-equipped to make recommendations and adjustments in order to keep you pain-free while administering whitening services.

Teeth Whitening Done the Safe Way

Now that you know the risks associated with over-the-counter teeth whitening, we hope you see why professional teeth whitening is the safer choice. Here at Advanced Indiana, we provide affordable teeth whitening services of two different types to give you a smile you can be proud of. Those looking for a quick and easy service are always satisfied with our 1-hour treatment, while those who prefer the convenience of whitening at home enjoy our home whitening treatment option.

Our teeth whitening services work on people of any age and are a near-permanent solution you can rely on. Contact us today to book an appointment or request an appointment online! We look forward to helping you make your smile brighter.

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