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Safety of Whitening and Bleaching Treatments

Safety of Whitening and Bleaching TreatmentsA whiter, brighter smile can give you a powerful boost of self-confidence just when you need it most. Whitening kits can be found in most drug stores, but are they safe? Dr. Mirani, our cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, addresses the concerns associated with OTC whitening kits.

The active ingredient in most at-home whitening kits is mild peroxide. This treatment is fairly safe when used according to package directions. However, because the whitening trays are not custom-fit to the unique contours of your mouth, your gums can become irritated by the bleaching solutions. Using these kits too frequently can also damage your enamel and leave your teeth looking more gray or yellow than when you began whitening thanks to the dentin showing through. Whitening toothpastes can have the same effect. These toothpastes are designed to be abrasive so that they can polish away superficial stains. The constant abrasive action can damage or wear away the enamel.

Another drawback to OTC whiteners is that their results tend to be limited. Because they contain such a low concentration of peroxide, they may not be able to provide you with the whitening results you want. Dr. Mirani, expert in teeth bleaching in Beverly Hills, can provide you with much more powerful whitening treatments that can eliminate not just surface stains but also stains that are located deep inside the dentin. In fact, our whitening treatments may be more than three times as powerful as the average OTC whiteners. We can also protect your gums and reduce the risk of whitening-related irritation or over-whitening.

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