Considerations for over-the-counter teeth whitening kits
Although over-the-counter teeth whitening kits are extremely common and popular cosmetic dental treatment, there are some considerations that you should be made aware of.
The results of bleaching cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on external factors such as your age, your lifestyle and the extent of staining that is present. It may be necessary for you to bleach your teeth multiple times in order to achieve your desired result.
Bleaching of any kind is not a permanent solution, although there are things that you can do to prolong the results and extend the amount of time between bleaching sessions. If you are able to avoid nicotine, red wine, and other food containing tannins you should also be able to maintain your new brighter smile for longer.
Are over-the-counter teeth whitening kits right for me?
There are some patients who may not be suitable candidates for at-home teeth whitening. These include but are not limited to:
- Patients who have teeth that have become transparent as part of the aging process.
- Patients who have very extensive or intractable staining, as bleaching is unlikely to solve these problems.
- Patients who are sensitive to peroxide.
- Patients who have ultra-sensitive teeth or gums, which may be irritated by the chemicals used in the whitening process.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Not enough research has been done on the effect of whitening agents on unborn or nursing babies.
If you are in any doubt, speak to your dentist who will be able to advise you of your suitability for teeth whitening.