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When Not to Use At-home Teeth Whitening Kits

If you are new to teeth whitening, it can be a good idea to consult your dentist prior to using home teeth whitening kits. Generally home teeth-whitening kits are safe to use when used as directed, but there are a couple of situations when it makes sense for some people to not use home teeth-whitening kits. Before deciding on the purchase of a teeth-whitening kit, check these following points:

Allergic to peroxide or other ingredients: check the common ingredient list of teeth whitening kits to ensure you are not allergic to any of the chemicals used in the gel.    

Health problems: if you suffer from periodontal disease, cavities, exposed roots, or worn enamel should also consult with a dental professional before using home teeth whitening kits.

Fillings, crowns, and other dental restorations: materials used in restorative dental work such as bridges, bonding, crowns, or veneers cannot be whitened with the use of home teeth whitening kits. This can lead to uneven whitening results.

Braces: strips or whitening gel should not be applied to teeth with braces, as they only whiten the portion of the teeth with which the whitening gel comes in contact. In addition, metal in the braces could oxidize and change colour.

Prescription drugs: discuss any prescription drugs you are taking with your dentist before starting a whitening treatment.

As a rule of thumb, at-home teeth whitening kits are best when used by people with healthy teeth and gums looking for a natural white smile. If any of the above points match your circumstances, you should consult with your dentist before using an at-home teeth whitening kit.

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