DIY Teeth Whitening: Busting Myth

Posted by Krinita Motwani on Fri, Sep 6, 2019  
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                  We all have heard about the ongoing trend where people are using materials that are readily available in the kitchen to whiten teeth. As easy and fun it may sound, we all have heard half knowledge is dangerous and same goes for this procedure.


          Thanks to the development in the modern dentistry, getting teeth whitening done is a quick and safe process in a Cosmetic dental clinic in Mumbai.


         To whiten the teeth, the professionals use products with hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide at a set concentration approved by FDA in a gel or paste form and the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums, bleaching gel is then applied to the teeth. Attaining this concentration at home at the specific quantity is not possible to do at home with over the counter products and can do more harm.


Hazards of Whitening at home.

Teeth Sensitivity

However, when it comes to DIY teeth whitening, there are dangers involved. For instance one survey of one hundred people done by the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 2002 revealed that half of the participants experienced sensitivity after using a whitening gel that was available over the counter.  One out of twenty five participants experienced severe pain in the mouth.

Other side effects of DIY teeth whitening include uneven whiteness, blush enamel and gum irritation. If the chemicals manage to seep into unfilled cavities that users may not have known they had or seeped into cracked teeth, the internal painful damage can lead to a root canal.

The issue arises when people do not really stop using them when there are clear signs that they should. The culprit may be that after a teeth whitening product, teeth do not remain white for long.

    They begin going back to the color they used to be after a while. This is particularly true with coffee drinkers, wine drinkers or smokers, which all involve substances that stain teeth easily.

Safe Alternative:

   Tooth whitening done professionally is one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures. A non-invasive method of lightening dark or discoloured teeth. It is better to consult your dentist about your concerns and get their professional opinion.


      Our team at Dr. Krinita Motwani’s Multi-speciality Dental Clinic specializing in cosmetic dentistry is equipped with the best facilities and provides the best treatment as per patient’s needs.


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