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Common Mistakes When Whitening Your Teeth At Home

Posted on 2/20/2017 by Na Xu
A man covering his smile, because he’s damaged his teeth with whitening products!
Whitening your teeth at home may seem like a good idea, but it can actually be a mistake if you aren't careful to avoid mistakes.

It may cost less money and be a bit more private, but it could also damage your teeth if you do it wrong.

Plus, it may not be effective unless you do it right. Here are some of the most common mistakes that people often make when whitening their teeth at home.

The Biggest Mistakes People Regularly Make with At-Home Whitening Products

The first mistake that most people make is not speaking with their dentist prior to starting the process. Your dentist knows your teeth better than anyone, including you.

If you want to do what is best for your teeth, talk to the tooth expert first about what is safe, and what should be avoided. If you happen to have tooth decay, you could be exposing your dental nerves to those chemicals, and that means a lot of pain and a lot of damage.

The next biggest mistake that is commonly made is using the products wrong. If you are not following the directions 100%, it could lead to problems with your teeth. If you want something where you don't have to follow the directions, go see your dentist and let them follow the directions while you get to just sit there.

The last common mistake that people often make is taking the products too far. If you want paper white, go in and see your dentist. They can give you an idea how close you can get to it, safely. If you try and get that on your own, you can severely damage your teeth and leave them unhealthy for even trying.

For more information on whitening your teeth, contact our office today!

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