Dental Care Myth No. 2: Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth?
As humans, we aspire to look our best at all times. However, time has its effects on the human body. The skin begins to lose its elasticity. The hair begins to grey. And the teeth begin to lose their luster. Over time, outside factors, such as food and drink (especially coffee and wine) take their toll on your formerly-pearly whites. Because of this, many Americans turn to bleaching or whitening products to regain that lost luster.
Whitening products sold over the counter work by using hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, oxidizing agents, to remove pigment on the surface of the enamel. At-home products contain 3-10% hydrogen-peroxide, while theproducts used by your dentist contain 15-38%.
Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth? Quite simply, no. Bleaching or whitening will not weaken the structure of your teeth. However, this does not mean that bleaching and whitening products cannot damage your teeth. Overuse of such products can damage tooth enamel. According to a study by Dr. Shereen Azer, at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, overuse of bleaching and whitening products can result in loss of enamel ranging from 1.2 to 2 nanometers.
So, if you choose to use over-the-counter whitening products, please do so sparingly and according to the product’s directions.
If you have any questions about Dental Care Myth No. 2: Can Bleaching or Whitening weaken Teeth? or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. We offer high quality, comprehensive dental care. We set a very high standard for our care and we are very proud of the treatment that we have provided for you.
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