When Not to Use Home Teeth Whitening Kits
As with any new health regimen, it's always a good idea to consult with a health professional (in this case your dentist) prior to using home teeth whitening kits. While home teeth whitening kits are safe for many people, there are several circumstances when it may not be appropriate for some people to use home teeth whitening kits.
How to Know If You Shouldn't Use Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Before heading to the drug store for home teeth whitening kits, go over this quick assessment.
Are you allergic to peroxide?
Most home teeth whitening kits include peroxide, so those with allergies should consult with a health professional before beginning teeth whitening.
Do you have dental health problems?
Individuals with periodontal disease, cavities, exposed roots, or worn enamel should also consult with a dental professional before using home teeth whitening kits.
Do you have fillings, crowns, or other dental restorations?
Often, the materials used in restorative dental work such as bridges, bonding, crowns, or veneers don't whiten with the use of home teeth whitening kits. This can lead to uneven whitening.
Do you wear braces?
Home teeth whitening kits such as peroxide-based strips should not be applied to teeth with braces, as they only whiten the portion of the teeth with which the whitening gel comes in contact. In addition, metal in the braces could oxidize and change color.
Do you take any prescription drugs?
You should discuss any prescription drugs you're taking with your health and/or dental professional before starting a whitening program.
As a general rule, home teeth whitening kits are best when used by people with healthy teeth and gums looking for a brighter smile. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you should consult with your dentist before pursuing a white smile.