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How to whiten teeth without seeing a dentist

Your morning coffee and favorite red wine are changing the color of your teeth. A bright white smile is essential to life now that social media has everyone snapping pictures on a daily basis. The demand to keep personal social media accounts up to date has consumers rushing towards any teeth whitening treatment they can access.

Generally, consumers tend to begin their teeth whitening journey with DIY treatments. The DIY path usually starts with a teeth whitening toothpaste and mouthwash then leads to a whitening pen, and strips. Some consumers find themselves in the middle of a mall getting their teeth whitened as onlookers stare at the procedure.

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A common reason consumers start with DIY treatments is due to the lack of coverage for teeth whitening procedures. Insurance companies consider teeth whitening cosmetic and often don’t offer any coverage. The dental industry has acknowledged the situation with insurance companies and often provide their patients with a variety of ways to pay for their teeth whitening treatment. Some dental offices even offer convenient finance plans.

How to whiten teeth without seeing a dentist

Professional teeth whitening is always the best avenue to take when keeping your smile bright on a continuous basis. Dentists have access to teeth whitening treatments in higher dosages than the standard over the counter whitening treatments. Higher amounts of hydrogen peroxide and carbamide are found in almost all dental office whitening treatments. This powerful combination that makes teeth white is not available to the public.

Yes. Professional teeth whitening is worth it because it comes with the guidance of a professional and allows consumers access to high-quality treatment and follow up visits.

One of the most common complaints from consumers that use over the counter products is teeth sensitivity. Consumers use the whitening treatment, and it works well, but a few days or weeks later they realize they can’t consume cold or hot foods without experiencing pain and sensitivity in their teeth. Consumers that experience teeth sensitivity need to stop over the counter treatment immediately and seek advice from a professional.

Consumers that spend a little extra money at a dentist office in the beginning for their teeth whitening treatment often realize it balances out in the end. Teeth whitening is an ongoing process since consumers need to continue to eat and drink, which are the leading cause of discoloration. This means DIY treatments and products need to be purchased more often and applied frequently compared to a one hour or less office treatment.

Dentists examine the overall health of the patient’s gums and teeth. They offer a variety of options that are best suited for the patient. This also gives the patient the opportunity for a follow-up visit if teeth sensitivity is experienced. The next treatment session can be changed to lessen the sensitivity. Unfortunately, over the counter teeth whitening treatment is a “one size fits all” deal which means all consumers purchasing the product receive the same amount of whitening strength.

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I’ve seen some strange home remedies in my day, but this week, we’re focusing on the home remedies that make us cringe – home remedy horrors, if you will. Today I’m revisiting the idea of whitening your teeth at home.

I know the temptation is there; as someone whose dentist’s clientele was so large that I couldn’t book an appointment every six months, I understand how hectic it can be trying to see your dentist for something other than your bi-annual check up. But hear me out; your dentist or another professional may “bleach” your teeth, but by no means is this the same household bleach you rely on to whiten your white clothing and disinfect your kitchen counters.

The Basics of Household Bleach and How It Will Whiten Your Teeth

How to whiten teeth without seeing a dentist

To start off, let me just refer you to Clorox.com. Under its FAQs, one question reads, “Can I use Clorox Regular Bleach to gargle, brush my teeth or clean cuts and scrapes?” to which the website responds, “No, Clorox Regular Bleach is not for personal usage.” And while I’d like to just leave it at that, let me explain a little bit further.

Your generic household bleach contains the following: water; sodium hypochlorite; sodium chloride; sodium carbonate; sodium chlorate; sodium hydroxide; and sodium polyacrylate; each of which is a poisonous ingredient that you probably shouldn’t be putting in your mouth.

And yes, your household bleach will whiten your teeth, according to one study that used it to gauge the efficacy of a tool used to measure gradual changes in tooth color (Journal of Clinical Dentistry). But while its main ingredient, sodium hypochlorite, is used in root canal irrigation, it’s not exactly the best thing for your teeth. Researchers compared the effects of a saline solution, 0.5% sodium hypochlorite solution, and a 5.25% sodium hypochlorite solution on the dentine and weakening of teeth, finding that the 5.25% sodium hypochlorite solution significantly decreased both the elastic modulus and the flexural strength of the dentine (International Endodontic Journal). I should point out that household bleach contains about 3-6% sodium hypochlorite, so it’s likely to inflict similar damage to your teeth (Journal of Forensic Sciences).

What bleach will also do, thanks in part to star ingredient sodium hypochlorite, is dissolve “soft tissue.” According to a study in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, researchers found that household bleach was a “safe, effective method” to rid trauma-induced bones of “soft tissue.” And if sodium hypochlorite can do that to dead tissue, I’d hate to see what it can do to your precious gums.

The Dangers of Household Bleach

How to whiten teeth without seeing a dentist

Say you like to live a little on the wild side, and decide to try this home remedy despite my desperate pleas. Well, basically, there’s a reason my parents put Mr. Yuck stickers on the container of bleach underneath our kitchen sink: swallowing or inhaling bleach fumes can lead to poisoning. Period.

Of course, diluted bleach will only cause mild stomach irritation when consumed or inhaled in small doses, but what happens when you accidentally consume a little too much? Vomiting, stomach or abdominal pain, burns or blisters on your esophagus, pain in your mouth or throat, and even lower blood pressure (Medline Plus). Sorry guys, but that’s not the kind of risk I want to take for the sake of a whiter smile.

How to Safely Bleach Your Teeth

The safer and recommended way to bleach your teeth, whether it’s by a dentist or an over-the-counter product, lies within the use of hydrogen peroxide, although not by taking a swig out of that brown bottle, as explained here. Hydrogen peroxide lightens your teeth by degrading and subsequently releasing oxygen radicals, which stabilize themselves by stealing electrons from surrounding pigment molecules. This breaks up the pigments on your teeth. When performed by a dentist, this typically involves the use of a light source, such as an LED light or diode laser ( Photomedicine and Laser Surgery ).

Verdict: TRICK

If you’re looking to whiten your teeth at home, choosing your favorite household bleach will definitely do more harm than good. It’s full of poisonous chemicals that will corrode your teeth and your gums, and accidental ingestion of the substance will likely cause more than mild stomach irritation. Instead, try visiting your dentist for an in-office whitening treatment. You can also opt for some at-home options, like the Crest 3D White Whitestrips Gentle ($27.90, Amazon.com), an extended-use version of the popular strips that whitens your teeth gradually over a period of 28 days to minimize sensitivity, or the GLO Brilliant Personal Teeth Whitening Device ($149.99, Amazon.com), which uses heat resistors and LED light to accelerate the whitening process. Be sure to talk with your dentist to figure out the best option for you and your teeth.

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