Yellow tooth discoloration is the most common sign of damaged enamel, leading many to ask if teeth whitening can damage enamel. According to Greg Scheier, DDS of Scheier Dental Group, the answer is no. Teeth whitening is safe and effective when done correctly. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your dentist and watch for any unwanted side effects.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has reviewed independent studies and approved many whitening toothpastes and some whitening strips to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Your dentist may also use the application of light when applying the whitening product to your teeth to speed up the process, but this additional method hasn't always proven to be effective. Certain conditions may make you unsuitable for teeth whitening, such as gum retraction or existing cosmetic treatment. It is important to weigh the risks and side effects before deciding whether or not to undergo treatment.
If you are interested in taking the next steps toward a whiter smile, follow these steps to safely use teeth whitening products:
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Follow the instructions carefully.
- Be aware of any potential side effects.
- Consult with a dentist before trying any over-the-counter or homemade teeth whitening products.
- Avoid abrasive toothpastes that may cause enamel abrasion.
You can also read more about how to whiten your teeth naturally at home.