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Are DIY UV Tooth Whitening Kits Safe?
Posted on 5/15/2020 by Oasis Dental
Are DIY UV Tooth Whitening Kits Safe?

We all want white teeth, right? The kind of teeth we flash and get compliments about; the kind of teeth that sparkle like childhood cartoons. And who doesn't want the convenience of a DIY treatment? In our era of fast living it seems like the normal option is to order a UV whitening kit online with its promises of white teeth in a few days. However, convenient DIY ultraviolet light tooth whitening kits can cause serious harm to trusting consumers.

Dangerous Effects From UV Tooth Whitening

Ultraviolet rays from the sun without protection cause sunburns and cancers. The same cancerous rays are used on unprotected gums, tongue, and the mouth when using UV rays during DIY teeth whitening. Unfortunately, there have also been FDA documented concerns about burns to the gums and mouth. Other consequences to DIY ultraviolet light treatment are sensitivity and infections to the teeth and gums.

What Can Professionals Do That Kits Cannot?

A DIY tooth whitening kit with ultraviolet lights can result in unwanted spottiness if the solution is not distributed evenly on the teeth. As already stated, misuse of ultraviolet rays can be attributed to teeth and gum problems as well as an overexposure of cancer-causing rays. Qualified and experienced dentists, like you find here at our office, who have been trained are able to know exactly how the solution should go on the teeth and how to avoid getting solution and unnecessary exposure to the gums.

Although ordering a kit for teeth whitening may sound convenient and might be cheaper, the dangerous effects can have life lasting impact. Instead of quick whitening, the results may look spotty, feel like there are burns, and have the outcome of overexposure to cancer causing rays. Come and visit us to see how responsible and experienced dental professionals take care of all of your whitening dreams. Call our knowledgeable office for a consultation appointment today.
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