Teeth whitening is one of the most in-demand procedures nowadays since it can provide visibly brighter teeth in a short amount of time. With its popularity, various products, brands, and kits emerged that promises excellent results. Even people from thousands of years ago came up with different techniques and solutions to make their teeth whiter since it was a sign of wealth or power. The techniques they developed may have been effective, but it offers more harm than benefits.
As the years went by different solutions were experimented to come up with the most effective teeth whitening procedure. It should be effective without causing any harm to the teeth, oral structures, and especially to the patient. It was when a dentist was experimenting with the cures of gum disease and infections that a peroxide-based solution was discovered. Not only does it offer positive reaction with the gums, but it also slightly whiten the teeth.
At Thousand Oaks Dental, we offer Professional Teeth Whitening procedures despite the high popularity of over the counter take-home kits we believe that they do not provide sufficient results and safety. The procedures we offer are meticulously performed by our dental professionals to ensure effective, safe, and comfortable treatment for the overall wellness of all our patients.
The Dangers of DIY Whitening Hacks
Over the counter, kits can be readily purchased in drugstores and online stores, but some people prefer to create DIY hacks. Dentists do not recommend these practices since it can cause harm to the teeth, oral structures, or even the overall health of a patient. Here are some examples:
- A mixture of baking soda and lemon water. Acidic substances like lemon water can erode the enamel which makes the teeth prone to tooth decay. Mixing this acidic substance with a mild abrasive ingredient like baking soda only increases the chances of having tooth decay that can result in cavities.
- Turmeric powder mixed with melted coconut oil. Since teeth can be porous and turmeric is often used as a natural food coloring, using it for teeth whitening can cause more stains than having whiter teeth.
- Oil pulling using coconut oil. The American Dental Association do not recommend the use of this hack due to insufficient evidence. There are even some reports that it caused diarrhea and upset stomach after its use.
- Brushing the teeth after rubbing apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar has an acidic property that can cause harm to the teeth’s enamel. Brushing afterward can even make the effects worse since the enamel is still weak after the contact to an acidic substance.
Anyone would want to have whiter teeth, thankfully dental offices like Thousand Oaks Dental offers Professional Teeth Whitening procedures. It is guaranteed to provide a highly effective, safe, and comfortable treatment compared to DIY hacks or kits.
Give your smile a boost! Book an appointment with Thousand Oaks Dental and check out our Teeth Whitening in San Antonio, TX. We are located at 2235 Thousand Oaks Dr. Suite 120 San Antonio, TX 78232.