As a teenager, the pressures of appearance is higher than when we get older. Appearance is a significant pressure we feel, and it doesn’t help us when we are continually being bombarded with images of an ideal expectation of what we should look like. Often, the most common feature we see is the white smile. We all want to have white teeth that stay white over the years, but it’s not the case.
We get it. The pressure to look good in the standard of others is higher at a younger age, but before we let our kids try and use homemade whitening remedies or whitening products from the store, there are risks when they are used at a young age we need to consider.
At a young age, the temptation of trying whitening teeth products or do-it-yourself kits can be easier than visiting the dentist. But before using them, learn more about how each product works and what you will be placed on your teeth. You want to know the risks and what you can expect from products. Whitening strips is one of the easiest and known ways of whitening your teeth since all you have to do is place it on your teeth for a few minutes.
So, how can whitening strips be a risk? There are a couple of risks you need to consider when using this product, and they are
- Ingredients – the use of hydrogen peroxide solution to whiten the coat of the teeth can be damaging in higher concentrations. When the concentration is higher, the teeth of our children run the risk of having an adverse effect than it would if they were adults. We have to keep in mind they are still developing and growing.
- User Error – when it comes to following directions of a product, an adult can be trusted more to use the product than a kid. They can leave a whitening strip for a longer time than instructed, and it can apply to do-it-yourself kits.
- Tooth Sensitivity – sensitivity to the teeth increases when products with bleaching agents are used to whiten your teeth. The longer the substance is on the teeth, the higher the chances are to developing side effect of sensitivity.
It doesn’t even have to be whitening strips that are harmful to your child’s teeth. Do-it-yourself kits are also as harmful as other whitening products like whitening toothpaste or charcoal toothpaste when they are not used correctly and under supervision.
There are other options available more preferable than whitening strips and do-it-yourself kits. Practicing good oral hygiene can maintain your teeth healthy and clean; you want to ensure you are brushing your teeth for two minutes each time. Other alternatives include,
- Diet – avoiding foods and drinks known to stain our teeth, for example, coffee, soda, berries, alcohol, and tea, to name a few.
- Visiting the dentist – annual visits can determine whether your teeth are stained from foods, an injury, or if it is natural discoloration.
Before buying or trying any whitening products, visiting the dentist can help determine whether your child is eligible to get teeth whitening and if their teeth are healthy. Our teeth need to be healthy to handle bleaching agents, and it is best to have the supervision of our dentist to ensure it is done correctly. You can consult with one of our dentists by calling us at 801-747-8000 to make an appointment.