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Is DIY Teeth Whitening a Good Idea?

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Sometimes brushing and flossing twice a day does not have the whitening affects you desire. If this is the case for you, then maybe it is time to consider other whitening options. There are many options available including do-it-yourself ones and professional treatments as well.

Our dentist, Dr. Mark Jensen is familiar with the different types of whitening treatments and is here to help you find the right one for you. Furthermore, our capable team at Shawnee Village Dental in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, are well trained in professional teeth whitening procedures and are ready to help you achieve the dazzling smile you desire.

Advertisements for DIY whitening treatments including charcoal, easy to make pastes and store-bought strips are everywhere. Having a white smile can be a great confidence booster and is in high demand in our society today. Therefore, it is important to know the benefits and risks of the different treatments available.

It is hard to definitively say that any of the common and trending methods of DIY teeth whitening like the use of activated charcoal, coconut oil and hydrogen peroxide/baking soda paste are proven to work because the ADA (American Dental Association) has not officially provided evidence that any of them will work. There are some that have had success with DIY methods, but the problem for many is their misapplication or misuse.

Many at home methods, for example, are relatively abrasive or contain harsh chemicals that can significantly wear down tooth enamel and can even have an effect on gums. When these methods are not applied correctly, patching whitening may result. 

If you desire a whiter smile, the safest choice is to come into our office for a professional whitening treatment. When your smile is cosmetically cared for by a professional, the results will be more consistently positive. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call at 913-553-3046.