Can Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

We all want to have whiter teeth. But the problem is, how do we whiten teeth safely? You might have heard that some types of teeth whitening can damage your teeth. In this blog post, we will explain which types of teeth whitening could potentially be damaging, and which can be safe.

Can Teeth Whitening Damage Your Teeth?

Many of our Torrance dental patients want to know, can teeth whitening damage your teeth? The short answer to this question is unfortunately yes. Some over-the-counter teeth (OTC) whitening products can damage your teeth. The good news is that professional teeth whitening does not damage your teeth. So if you come to Dentist of Torrance for teeth whitening, you can be assured that your teeth will be whitened safely and effectively.

What Types of Teeth Whitening Products Damage Your Teeth?

Certain types of over-the-counter teeth whitening products can damage teeth. Specifically, they can damage the enamel that covers the teeth. Tooth enamel is a hard substance that keeps the teeth protected from bacteria and erosion. We want to have our tooth enamel thick and strong.

Unfortunately, some types of over-the-counter tooth whitening products can actually weaken the enamel. These can include OTC teeth whitening strips, home teeth whitening kits, and liquids such as gels that you paint on teeth surfaces.

What Happens When Tooth Enamel Is Weakened?

When tooth enamel is weak, it can lead to problems such as cavities. Thin tooth enamel might also make your teeth more prone to problems such as cracking or chipping. Therefore, we want to make sure that when we are whitening our teeth, we use safe products that do not weaken the tooth enamel.

How Do Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Products Weaken Tooth Enamel?

Some over-the-counter teeth whitening products can damage tooth enamel because of the chemicals that are in the product. These chemicals can be abrasive and wear down the tooth enamel. Not all over-the-counter teeth whitening products are dangerous, but you just don’t know what you're getting. It is far safer to come to Dentist of Torrance to get your teeth whitened and brightened.

Can Teeth Whitening Strips Damage Your Tooth Enamel?

Many people mistakenly believe that teeth whitening strips are 100% safe and that they only need to worry about over-the-counter gels and liquid formulas. You may be wondering if the whitening strips that you can buy at the grocery store can be potentially harmful. The short answer is yes. Over-the-counter white strips can harm tooth enamel. They can also damage the dentin underneath the top layer of the enamel.

Teeth whitening strips can damage teeth because the hydrogen peroxide and other active ingredients can erode the tooth enamel. They are especially prone to damage your teeth if they are used improperly. For example, if you wear white strips for too long, this could put unnecessary stress on the tooth enamel surface.

Do Teeth Whitening Strips Have Side Effects?

The other problem with teeth whitening strips is that they have potential side effects. These aren't necessarily serious side effects, but they can be problematic. These side effects include:

Tooth Sensitivity: One of the most common side effects when you use teeth whitening strips is that your teeth can become more sensitive. Your gums may become more sensitive as well. This means that when you eat things that are hot or cold, it might bother you more. This may get better with time, or it may not. And if you already have sensitive teeth, you may be more prone to the side effect.

You can mitigate this potential side effect by using your teeth whitening strips for less time than is indicated on the label. Better yet, come to Dentist of Torrance for professional teeth whitening that won’t harm your teeth.

Gum irritation: Teeth whitening strips can irritate the gum tissue. The whitening solution that is often used in teeth whitening strips can cause a mild chemical burn or irritation. The longer you wear the strips the more this is likely to occur. So if you do use at-home teeth whitening strips, be sure not to go over the recommended wear time indicated in the instructions. To be safe, you can also shorten the time you wear the white strips.

Torrance Professional Teeth Whitening Is Safe and Effective

If you would like your teeth whiter in Torrance, CA, come to our dental offices to get professional teeth whitening. We offer Zoom teeth whitening on site, which is fast and effective. And we also offer at-home trays that you can take home to whiten your teeth. Both of these options are safe, and they won't damage your teeth in the way that over-the-counter teeth whitening products can. With our supervision, you can be assured that your teeth whitening gets you the best results without all the damage of over-the-counter whitening products.

Can Damaged Tooth Enamel Be Repaired?

There is good news and bad news when it comes to tooth enamel. The bad news is that once tooth enamel is worn away, we cannot replace it. However, we can strengthen your existing tooth enamel. And the easiest way to do this is with a fluoride treatment. Or fluoride treatments in Torrance are very gentle, effective, and affordable. Contact us today if you would like to get your teeth enamel strengthened.

Need To Get Your Teeth Whitened in Torrance?

If it’s time for a whiter, brighter smile, come to Dentist of Torrance. We offer the latest in teeth whitening technologies. We can safely whiten and brighten your teeth so that your smile looks dazzling and amazing. And we can do this without causing problems to the structure of your teeth.

Our professional teeth whitening is safe, easy, and effective. If you get teeth whitening on site in Torrance, professional whitening can often get amazing results in just an hour or so. We also offer at-home teeth whitening kits that can be used to gently increase the brightness of your teeth.Contact our front desk staff today to learn more about our teeth whitening options.

Are you tired of having stained, ugly teeth? Get your teeth professionally teeth whitened. Come to Dentist of Torrance for safe and effective professional teeth whitening. Contact us today at (310) 651-7660 to get started.

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