The Dangers Of Nonprofessional Whitening

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We all want convenience, but sacrificing quality for convenience may be more trouble than its initial advantage. Plus, if your motive is results driven, then it pays to do your homework and opt for quality. Many people think teeth whitening kiosks are just as good as in-office whitening, which is a big misconception, according to Huntersville, NC, cosmetic dentist Ross W. Nash, DDS.

Why it’s not the same: “The strength of bleach used is very low-there’s no way your teeth will whiten to the same degree as at a dentist’s office,” says Dr. Nash.

Where you shouldn’t have it done: “You shouldn’t have your teeth whitened in a tanning salon, spa, mall airport or anywhere other than a dentist’s office,” says New York City cosmetic dentist Lee Gause, DDS.

Potential problems: “I’ve had patients end up with a checkerboard effect because the technicians didn’t realize that the crowns and veneers would be resistant to the bleach,” says Dr. Gause.

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