Drugstore Whitening Strips: Why So Dangerous?

You hear all the time from us that you really shouldn’t use teeth whitening strips that you purchase from the drugstore (or any other type of at-home, do-it-yourself, over the counter treatment for that matter). While you know that it can be dangerous, you don’t really know what that means or if it’s really something you should worry about. Your body is resilient, after all, so you think maybe you’ll just deal with some minor sensitivity that will go away. Take a moment with our Southlake, TX team as we offer some much needed clarity.

It’s Attacking Your Smile

Remember that when you are using a product that is not formulated for careful application, you may be using doses of something like hydrogen peroxide (which breaks up the stains in your teeth) at a level that’s too high and that can damage your smile. In addition, you may leave it on for too long or use it too frequently. Unfortunately, a product that we haven’t hand-picked and the application that is not done with the help of an expert can end up doing more harm than good. You may assume you’re just affecting your outermost tooth layer (called enamel) that acts as a protective shield. However, that damage may go deeper when you’re trying to do your own teeth whitening.

It’s Getting Down To The Dentin

Where’s all of that sensitivity coming from, you might wonder, and what can the OTC teeth whitening damage? When you’re soaking teeth in hydrogen peroxide at home, which is essentially what you’re doing with whitening strips, it is making its way to your deeper tissue layer, called dentin, which houses nerves and is made up of important connective tissue and collagen. Unfortunately, the product can damage that tissue, which causes discomfort. Currently, there’s not enough information for doctors to replenish tissue or repair damage.

What To Do?

You understand what we are saying but you wonder to yourself, then aren’t all teeth whitening systems equally faulty and dangerous? The answer is no! As mentioned, a huge factor is the selected formula and the thoughtful, careful application of a whitening formula. We remind you that not only do we offer multiple whitening options but we also provide GLO Whitening, a gentle system that protects your oral health and guards against sensitivity. To learn more, see us soon!

Find Out Which Whitening Works For You

See our team as soon as you can for a teeth whitening consultation, so we may quickly determine which type of whitening treatment will work best for you. Soon, you will see a glittering smile in the mirror! Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake and surrounding areas.