Palms Dental
Dr. Christopher Stock

Are whitening strips bad for your teeth?

Whitening strips are safe for most people if used correctly. Whitening strips are flexible plastic strips coated in whitening gel containing either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. You wear whitening strips over the teeth, allowing the gel to penetrate the enamel and remove stains. However, whitening strips require several treatments to get results. 

Over-the-counter whiteners, like whitening strips, also contain bleaching agents that are too potent or too highly concentrated to remove stains safely. If used incorrectly or too often, whitening strips can damage the teeth and gums, such as enamel erosion, dentin damage, and chemical burns. 

The Downsides of Whitening Strips 

There are some downsides to whitening strips, which is why we recommend in-office or take-home professional teeth whitening from your dentist. Here are some of the risks of whitening strips:

  • An uneven whitening job
  • Gum problems or inflammation
  • Chemical burns on soft tissues in the mouth
  • Enamel erosion and dentin damage 
  • Tooth sensitivity 

Professional Teeth Whitening Is Safe and Effective 

Unlike whitening strips, professional teeth whitening removes stains while protecting the enamel, dentin, and soft oral tissues. Your dentist can expertly perform the teeth whitening, or they can prescribe a professional-grade whitening kit to use at home. It's better to be safe than sorry, so professional teeth whitening is the golden ticket to a stunning smile. 

What Do Dentists Recommend for Whiter, Brighter Teeth?

Dr. Stock recommends professional teeth whitening for long-term, effective, and safe results. At Palms Dental, we offer in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening, so you can always have a gorgeous, bright smile. We also offer other cosmetic dental services, such as veneers, invisible braces, and much more. 

Call us today to schedule your cosmetic dental consultation at our Bradenton, FL, dental office. 

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