Australia is big on DIY culture, so it’s not surprising at-home teeth whitening is enjoying a moment in the sun.
But the fad, spruiked by celebrities and social media influencers, is causing alarm among Sydney dentists and health professionals.
A spike in the number of dental and oral health emergencies caused by these oh-so-trendy products recently led to the Australian Dental Association issuing a public warning against the dangers of DIY teeth whitening.
That’s why Pitt Street Dental Centre made it our business to administer teeth whitening Sydney can trust, without the dangers of DIY treatments.
We have successfully and safely helped nearly 7,000 Sydney-siders regain their bright white smiles using professionally endorsed treatments in our accredited clinic.
DIY teeth whitening: Is it dangerous?
The short answer? Yes.
At-home teeth whitening in Sydney and around the country has grown in popularity recently thanks to aggressive marketing campaigns including celebs touting the benefits of these seemingly safe gels, pastes and LED devices.
Adults, teenagers and even children as young as 11 are using at-home teeth whitening kits that promise excellent results for less than you would pay a dentist.
But there are serious risks involved with the kinds of teeth whitening Sydney citizens are using. Too many people are jumping on the bandwagon without understanding the potential danger of these products:
- Chemical burns.
- Facial damage from leaking bleach.
- Tooth damage.
- Damaging for maturing teeth.
For your safety, teeth whitening in Sydney should only ever be carried out by a professional dentist. Like any health product, professional advice and thorough research should inform which teeth whitening Sydney individuals choose.
Why are DIY teeth whitening products dangerous?
At best, DIY teeth whitening products are harmless because they do almost nothing (which means you’re throwing money away). On the other end of the scale, some over the counter products cause chemical burns to the gums, cheeks, tongue and lips.
Here are some of the pitfalls of DIY teeth whitening:
- Charcoal products were found to erode tooth enamel.
- Sodium chlorite, used in many DIY whitening products, reduces tooth hardness.
- DIY products have caused severe chemical burns in several cases.
- Results are varied, with many products having little whitening effect.
Remember, almost every product endorsement you see from influencers or celebrities is paid for.
The ADA is especially concerned for young consumers who are swindled by social media influencers posting videos brushing with black paste or using LED whitening products.
How Pitt Street Dental Centre can help with teeth whitening in Sydney
Zoom Teeth Whitening is a completely safe, professionally administered teeth whitening treatment without any of the dangerous DIY risks.
There’s a reason the procedure is our most-requested service; it promises effective, single-session teeth whitening Sydney-siders can smile about.
To achieve 8-15 shades of whitening in one session, your dentist will apply the Zoom teeth whitening treatment with a guard and special gel to protect your gums. And LED light is then applied to activate the treatment, with close supervision from experienced professionals.
If you want to know more about Zoom teeth whitening at Pitt Street Dental Centre, feel free to drop us a line and we would be happy to provide more information.