Monday, November 12, 2012

Tooth Whitening Kits vs. Professional Whitening

A lot of people are asking if it is safe to shift to homemade remedies or products for whitening teeth. Obviously, there's a silver lining to reducing dental costs by doing the whitening yourself. Should you opt for either Do-It-Yourself (DIY) or professional whitening products, take note of their advantages and disadvantages.

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First, a dentist spent eight years of medical/biological studies and went to a dental school before becoming a public dental practitioner. These educational achievements can impress and assure patients that their dentist is professional and that they are in safe hands. Every dentist is afraid of getting disbarred from their profession. It is their utmost responsibility to carefully address the needs of their patients particularly with the medicines they recommend and the procedures they do in treating their patient. An example of which is using whitening procedures administered inside the clinic. Dentists know the exact amount and concentration of bleaching and whitening substances the patient's teeth can tolerate. There would be a high possibility of "tooth abrasion" if the whitening substance is left unattended or not thoroughly removed from the patient's teeth.

Second, whitening procedures involve risks. Patients should expect actual results and deviate from advertised results if the application of the whitening material does not follow the correct directions. It is also important to consider if your teeth are physiologically fit to undergo a whitening process regardless if it is dentist-administered or an at-home application. There are also risks involved with the toxicity levels of DIY dental whitening products. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide, one of the key ingredients of at-home dental whitening products, has been known to burn the lining of the mouth on several occasions. To date, there are thousands of dental whitening products available and are usually sold on the internet.

A lot of these products have not met the safety standards of the American Dental Association (ADA) and of the European Dental Association. Most of these products are budget wise compared to some popular brands, so they are catchy to budget-conscious shoppers. Many of these products are found in grocery stores because of the lack of regulation and evaluation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Caveat emptor, do your research before buying any at-home dental products.

We strongly support in-office dental treatments and ADA-approved dental whitening products because they cater to both the upper and middle class market segments. A lot of people cannot afford the luxury of getting frequent dental fixes, so there is an increase for low-cost, do-it-yourself dental whitening products. If you have a bustling and busy lifestyle, it is still best to get your dentist's recommendation for using dental whitening products. Get only dentist-approved whitening products. Better yet, purchase from the dental clinic because dentists have full liability over their products.


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