Home teeth whitening systems are safe when used according to the manufacturer's instructions. Teeth whitening systems work by breaking down stains and discolorations within the tooth enamel. The problem is that many of the chemicals that are used to achieve the whiter, brighter appearance can damage the delicate enamel. Once the enamel is damaged or cracked in any way, it exposes the pulp of the tooth to decay.
It's important for patients who use at home teeth whitening kits to follow the directions exactly. If they'd prefer, they can visit Dr. Mahadkar and have their teeth professionally whitened. She only uses safe and effective techniques approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). The doctor has the experience and knowledge necessary to answer questions about the safety of the teeth whitening systems that are available for home use.
While home teeth whitening systems are extremely popular, misusing them can damage the delicate enamel of the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities and decay. Dr. Mahadkar offers professional teeth whitening procedures that are both safe and effective. These procedures will brighten the patient's smile without causing harm or irreparable damage to the enamel of the teeth.
Laser teeth whitening procedures are also available that break up stains and discolorations while reducing the risk of damage to the teeth. Procedures performed by Dr. Mahadkar provide longer lasting effects than many home teeth whitening systems. They also produce fewer risks and more optimal results when it comes to brightening a person's smile.
Teeth whitening toothpastes do brighten teeth. Depending on the method used to whiten the teeth, the process is gradual and can take several weeks for the patient actually to see results. Patients should avoid toothpaste that contains harsh abrasives because the grittiness will eventually wear away or damage the enamel of the teeth.
Toothpaste that uses various forms of hydrogen peroxide are easier on the teeth and are capable of whitening the teeth with repeated use. Dr. Mahadkar recommends that patients visit her to discuss their teeth whitening options before using home-based teeth whitening products that could eventually damage their teeth.
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