It is said that the most beautiful curve of a woman is the smile and that it is an important quality of men. Smiling is a gesture that we usually do in our day. So for many of us, it is important to keep our teeth white and straight. Thanks to the different tools that we have today, such as the internet, it is very easy to access recipes, tips, or information on different procedures. However, on many occasions, this could harm us more than we think.
Whitening teeth and reducing its pain are the most common reasons for seeking recipes or home remedies. However, we are not taking into account that teeth whitening is a serious process that requires the assessment of a specialist.
What are the risks of whitening teeth at home?
Any home remedy that is not supervised by a specialist can pose risks to dental and general health. Which could cause an impact on the cost of treatments to fix teeth. Some of the reactions that you may suffer when whitening your teeth at home are the loss of tooth enamel, mouth pain, or extreme sensitivity in this cavity.
For example, options for bleaching based on lemon juice and baking soda can weaken tooth enamel because of the acid in the fruit; on the other hand, bicarbonate is an abrasive that could remove the first layers of its surface. In consequence, you are likely to get cavities and dental hypersensitivity.
Some other consequences caused by homemade teeth whitening are:
- Burns in gum and glucose
- Yellower teeth
Before undergoing this treatment, it is important for a specialist to assess the type of enamel that you have, if there is permeability, and the sensitivity that you may experience when performing the whitening.
Another very important factor that must be taken into account before performing teeth whitening is that patients with gum problems will have to be evaluated beforehand, as they can develop significant sensitivities since their roots are uncovered.
How to whiten your teeth at home?
As we have already mentioned, it is much more advisable to attend a specialized clinic than to perform it by yourself. However, if you want to whiten your teeth at home, it is best to:
- Consult a specialist so that he can advise you before performing it.
- Depending on what your specialist mentions, you can get gel and a dental splint to perform the procedure.
- Allow the odontologist to tell you when to do the procedure and how to do it.
Dental whitening by specialists
It is a treatment that helps teeth to look whiter. To perform this treatment, dentists typically use whitening products based on hydrogen peroxide or carbamide. These products release oxygen particles while the whitening process is carried out, reaching the dentin by penetrating through the enamel pores.
Oxygen acts against the molecules that cause tooth stains, producing a reflective effect on the dentin. As complicated as it might sound, this is the process to achieve whiter teeth.
There are different types of teeth whitening, and the best thing about these treatments is that they are absolutely painless. However, if you feel any kind of discomfort, you should notify the dentist as soon as possible, as it could be a warning that something is wrong.
Benefits of whitening your teeth with specialists
The greatest advantage of dental whitening done by professionals is that this treatment is capable of recovering the white tone of your teeth, based on the color that you originally had.
Another important advantage is that you are in professional hands, so you should not worry, since the specialist will make sure that everything goes well.
Improving self-esteem is also one of the biggest benefits of teeth whitening. White color not only makes your smile look better, but it also minimizes the appearance of facial wrinkles too.
Oral health treatments with professionals are extremely helpful for the health of your mouth. As we mentioned, these types of processes are painless and effective, both in the short and long term. In addition, they do not damage tooth enamel and improve oral hygiene in patients who want to keep their teeth white.
Yes, there are many recipes for teeth whitening at home, however, following these tutorials could cause serious oral injuries, causing more dental problems later and a higher expense in recovery treatments.
We must take into account that there are much better and more useful procedures when done by a specialist. It is preferable to save some money for a few months and achieve the ultimate goal: a radiant smile. You already know the risks: you could become intoxicated or contract an abrasion of tooth enamel (to say only one of the consequences). In addition, we must never forget that not all patients and not all teeth colors can receive the same whitening protocol. Each tooth must be analyzed and have a particular way of treating it.
If we want to save some bucks and do it at home, then we should seek the advice of a specialist and follow the instructions they give us to obtain good dental results. Consult a teeth doctor before wanting to perform this procedure at home.
This content is verified by Dr. Magaly Mendoza de la Mora. She has a bachelor’s degree as a Dental Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, where she studied in 2011. She has 9 years of medical experience and specializes in attending cavities, crowns, resins, general oral cleaning, teeth whitening, position correction, gum inflammation, extraction. Likewise, she has knowledge in the area of photography: intraoral photography, forehead photography, profile, and smile.
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