Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Is teeth whitening safe?

Nobody wants to be known for yellow teeth. Recent studies have suggested that store-bought brands of teeth whitening strips and products can do just that to your smile.

It's easy to see why patients wonder if teeth whitening is a safe and effective method to brighten their smile. 

At Topeka Dentistry, Dr. Carrie B Peterson and Dr. Benjamin Rutherford are always available to go over cosmetic dental treatments and help you enhance your smile.

The Benefits of Professional Teeth Whitening

Beautifying your smile is a lucrative industry. It's easy to see when walking through your supermarket: rows of whitening strips or bleach trays that focus on bleaching your teeth with hydrogen peroxide. 

While these products are readily available over-the-counter, are they actually effective at removing stains and brightening your teeth?

Hydrogen peroxide can certainly damage your enamel and gum tissue, especially if improperly applied. The only foolproof method is through dental professionals. 

Store brands have a lower percentage of bleach than you would find with your cosmetic dentist. This is for safer application and to minimize damage. This could mean that more applications are necessary to see any change.

Through professional use, bleaching trays can be safe and reliable, while some store brands may not have the effect you want.

Dental Checkups for a Uniform Application

At Topeka Dentistry, we always recommend dental cleanings before a cosmetic dental treatment. This allows us to remove any plaque or tartar that could get in the way of a polished look. We look for signs of gum disease or tooth decay during your dental exam that needs to be addressed before any cosmetic treatment.

Our Topeka dentists work hard to keep your smile naturally strong and vibrant.

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