Is DIY teeth whitening safe?


Our daily pilgrimage to our coffee cups and Friday wind downs including deep red wine often leave teeth stained and yellow. More and more, at-home tricks and over the counter options are appearing. However, when it comes to teeth whitening – it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

It may be tempting to buy whitening products online or make up a DIY concoction from a recipe found on Pinterest, particularly when there are claims of enamel safety on the packet. However, it is important to understand that these treatments cannot replace a session with Sure Dental.

Alternatives to teeth whitening

While they may claim to be safe for use, they do not work as well as professional or laser whitening. This means patients are inclined to use DIY trays and strips far more than recommended.  With consistent use, these abrasive products are far more likely to cause damage to teeth and gums. This may cause them to discolour more easily as well. Without professional expertise, the health of your enamel and gums will be hard to determine. This means you may be causing damage and without even realising it.

Ill-fitting whitening trays can cause damage to gums and soft tissue. Without a custom fit, the tooth whitening gel could extend farther than the teeth and come in contact with the gums and mouth. The gel solution could cause burning or even gum recession.

You may want to think twice before purchasing teeth whiting treatments online or making your own concoction in the future as damage to enamel is irreversible.

Teeth whitening at Sure Dental

Sure Dental provide professional and comfortable teeth whitening solutions for patients who which to improve the appearance of their smile. We utilise up-to-date technology and expert knowledge to ensure a safe and trustworthy experience.

Laser teeth whitening

Our in-the-chair whitening treatment utilises the state-of-the-art Smartbleach laser to freshen up smiles in a one-hour session. This option is perfect for patients who only have limited time available in their busy schedule.

At home whitening

Sure Dental provides custom-made whitening trays to patients who wish to complete their whitening treatment at home. These trays are carefully fitted to your individual arch to provide a consistent white look. We provide all patients with detailed instructions when they choose an at-home whitening treatment to ensure they are comfortable applying the trays themselves.

These options are provided to our patients to cater for individual desires. If you would like to discuss your teeth whitening options or would like more information about our treatments, please call Sure Dental to schedule an appointment.

07 3256 9111