Is DIY Teeth Whitening Safe? Consult Your Guelph Dental Clinic

More and more people use DIY teeth whitening methods to help them ditch the yellow smiles and get one that lights up the room. But, when you think about these teeth whitening trends, is it more harmful than helpful?

Below we're going to dive a bit deeper into this teeth whitening TikTok that's sweeping the nation and answer the question for you.

TikTok Teeth Whitening Trend

Over the last few decades, there have been several DIY videos claiming to have found the best way to whiten your teeth. However, recently a video has begun circulating on TikTok as the next best way to whiten your teeth in no time at all.

When you view this TikTok video, you will see people dipping a cotton ball or Qtip into a hydrogen peroxide solution and applying it to their teeth. If you know anything about teeth whitening, you would know that using some hydrogen peroxide is essential to help remove yellow stains from your teeth, but people never use it in its pure form on their teeth.

The person who originally filmed the video stated that it's a cheaper option than other tooth whitening techniques that you can use.

H3: Is hydrogen peroxide safe to use on teeth?

This is a yes and no question. When used properly and by someone trained to handle the substances, it is safe for people.

However, when people are using it based on a video, they are likely to do more harm than good. The reason for this is when hydrogen peroxide comes in contact with the skin, it can irritate and, in severe cases, leave the user with burns.

Another issue is that overuse of teeth whitening techniques and products can wear down the enamel of your teeth over time. When the enamel of your teeth is worn away, it can't regenerate.

This will leave your teeth unprotected and sensitive, leaving you to seek help from a dentist as soon as possible. Enamel is essential to protecting your teeth from breaking down and causing other tooth and gum issues.

H3: What to Do?

If you want to have your teeth whitened, we recommend consulting your dentist. They will detail the options you have and help you choose one that works the best for you.

The dentist can also check your teeth for other issues that may become bigger problems if you want to whiten your teeth and help you correct the situation before it's too late.

DIY vs Do-at-Home Teeth Whitening?

When it comes to DIY teeth whitening, not only is it not safe, but it can leave your teeth unprotected from decay and disease. If you want your teeth whitened, there's only one way to go, and that's contacting your dentist.

And if you prefer to whiten your teeth at home, we also offer a teeth whitening program in Guelph, called the Philips Zoom DayWhite. This is a safe do-at-home program, for which we will provide you with the proper support, and the results will be better than any online DIY method.

Contact Westwood and Starwood Dental to get help with your tooth whitening journey, we can also help with veneers and basic oral hygiene.