Beware Of DIY Teeth Whitening Treatments

Face it; you wish your teeth could be a bit whiter. We all do. It seems easy enough that your first inclination may be to check online to see if there are any quick, do it at home fixes to make your smile whiter. Many of these DIY whitening solutions you find online or in magazines might seem ok because they tend to use natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. Don’t believe the hype. These DIY treatments can do more harm than good. Beware of these DIY teeth whitening treatments.

Activated Charcoal

It’s a myth that scrubbing your teeth with activated charcoal will make your smile whiter. In fact, it can actually make your smile appear even more discolored and also wear away at your enamel.

Oil Pulling

Another common DIY treatment is swishing oils, such as coconut oil, around in your mouth, which is otherwise known as oil pulling. Although this may not necessarily have any negative effects on your teeth, there has not been any reliable scientific proof that this technique actually does anything to whiten your teeth.

Lemon Sucking

A common DIY whitening technique that gets thrown around is using an acidic fruit, like a lemon, and sucking on it for a prolonged period of time. The principle behind it is that the acid from the fruit will eat away at the discoloration. This is completely false. Keeping an acidic food like lemons on your teeth for an extended time will actually wear down your teeth’s enamel, which is a thin outer coating that protects your teeth from cavities and tooth sensitivity.

Safe And Effective Teeth Whitening

Our dentists provide a multitude of cosmetic dentistry services to give you a beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment today. Contact us at our local Southlake, TX office at 817-481-7999.