Teeth whitening is extremely popular, and you can find inexpensive kits at your local drugstore or whitening kiosks at your mall. Unfortunately, cheap whitening may come at a high cost. Our cosmetic dentist will help you find the whitening product or treatment most appropriate for your smile and your needs.
One of the bigger risks of OTC (Over-the-counter) whitening kits is that they are easy to overuse. Peroxide bleaching agents are highly irritating to your gums. If they are regularly exposed to it, they can bleed and recede, leaving roots exposed and teeth more susceptible to decay. Over-bleaching can also damage your teeth. Enamel can become worn and more translucent, which allows the darker dentin to show through more clearly.
Whitening toothpastes are no safer. In fact, whitening toothpastes tend to use harsh abrasives to scrub away stains. They are generally only effective for superficial stains and should not be used regularly because they can etch and damage your enamel.
Whitening kiosks may be just as risky. Operators may not be adequately trained or may not use recommended procedures.
Professional whitening offers professional results. Our expert in teeth whitening in Thousand Oaks can evaluate your smile to determine if you are a candidate for the procedure and make personalized recommendations. In-office and at-home whitening are both available and can help you safely reach your smile goals.