More and more cosmetic dental products are being advertised widely online, but how effective, and safe, are they?
As with almost any topic, if you search online, you are sure to find answers to any query that you have. The problem with this, as many of you will know, is that it can be difficult to know whether the answer is true or not.
This can happen when you are looking for ways to improve your smile too. There are quite a few ‘dodgy’ suggestions for whitening your teeth for example. Few of these will work particularly well, and where they do, damage to your teeth is a real possibility.
It isn’t just the DIY dental tips that patients find though, but targeted adverts from a growing ‘virtual’ dental industry. These don’t offer tips so much as sell products that are supposedly the equivalent of those that you would find at Blue Sky Dental and other cosmetic dental practices. As these advertised products are often cheaper, some of our Chelmsford patients might be tempted to try them. We feel, however, that it is important that you are aware of the potential risks involved if you do.
Before we look at some of these products, we should say that we don’t believe that any of these companies set out to deliberately cause problems, and the products may work for some. The fact that you probably just watch a video and then buy the product though, does mean that there may be certain risks involved and it is worth considering all of the issues before you step in.
One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments is teeth whitening. This is probably no surprise as most of us will find that our teeth darken as we become older due to the inner dentin part of our teeth losing its brightness with age.
On the surface of things, having whiter teeth should be easy, except it isn’t. Many of the products that are offered online to whiten your teeth come in the form of powders or pastes that you use instead of, or in addition to, your usual toothpaste. This might sound relatively harmless, but in order to remove surface staining from your teeth, these often contain abrasive elements that are designed to ‘scrub’ away any residual staining from the tooth surface. Whilst it might largely achieve that, it can also lead to damage to the enamel if you use it over-zealously, increasing your risk of tooth decay and sensitive teeth.