Greg Scheier, DDS of Scheier Dental Group, and Dentist Anne Clemons, DMD, have the answers to the question of whether teeth whitening is safe and effective. Yellow discoloration of the teeth is a common sign of enamel damage, but does teeth whitening damage tooth enamel? The answer is no, teeth whitening does not damage tooth enamel. However, Dr. Scheier does not recommend whitening toothpaste as it can be abrasive to the teeth and cause enamel abrasion.
Certain conditions may make you unsuitable for teeth whitening, such as gum retraction and existing cosmetic treatments. But does teeth whitening also eliminate anything that keeps your teeth healthy? And could they get stained more easily afterwards?Teeth whitening products, whether an over-the-counter option used at home or professional treatment, can be effective and safe if used correctly. A study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice discovered several risks associated with teeth whitening products used in the home, such as the hardening and softening of the dental surface, the increase in the potential for demineralization and the degradation of dental restorations. To ensure that you are using a safe and effective product for teeth whitening, it is important to consult with a dentist or other qualified healthcare professional. They can provide advice on which products are safe to use and how to use them correctly.
Additionally, there are many things you can do to improve the condition of your teeth before considering teeth whitening. These include brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, avoiding sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups. You can also read more about how to whiten your teeth naturally at home to discuss in depth the methods you should avoid.