Achieving a noticeably white smile is easier than ever. But, overuse of over-the-counter whitening products can have unintended effects. Too much cleaning agent can damage your teeth and cause receding gums, nerve damage, tooth sensitivity and in some cases can even make your teeth appear darker.
And, Yeah, Bleachorexia is a Thing.
Having an unhealthy obsession with whitening to the point of adversely affecting your dental health has been labelled Bleachorexia and has been reported on by mainstream news outlets like ABC News.If you think you could have an unhealthy obsession with whitening, talk with your dentist about safe options to achieve your ideal smile safely.
But, Over-the-Counter Whitening Can Be Done Safely
To avoid over whitening, we recommended using American Dental Association’s approved bleaching products because they have been more thoroughly vetted than other over the counter products without their endorsement. Just look for the ADA logo on the package.
Although, Professional Whitening is Always the Safest Way to Whiten
Professional Whitening combines short term results using in-office whitening with take-home whitening kits that only your dentist can prescribe so results are safer and longer lasting when compared with over-the-counter whitening.
My Friend’s Dentist, based in Wilmington North Carolina, is an award-winning Wilmington dental practice that provides general, cosmetic and speciality dental services including implants and dental sleep medicine to patients of all ages. Widely recognized for its office design and patient friendly approach to dental care, My Friend’s dentist publishes its procedure prices, offers savings through its dental membership plan and focuses on a collaborative approach to prioritizing care with patients.