At this time of year everyone wants to look their best for the party season and over-the-counter teeth whitening treatments are extremely popular. However Dr. Dmitry Epelboym, principal dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center in Brooklyn, NY is urging people to think twice before using these kits and to avoid having their teeth whitened by anyone other than a dental professional.
While these DIY kits may be cheap, they have the potential to cause long-lasting or even permanent damage to teeth and gums and unwanted side effects such as extreme tooth sensitivity are common. Dr. Epelboym would like people to remember that teeth bleaching, while being a cosmetic treatment is still a dental procedure.
The tooth whitening trays that may be provided with these kits are often poorly fitting, allowing whitening gel to leak out and to irritate or damage the gums. Swallowing the gel can lead to stomach ache. Many of these over-the-counter kits use products that have a high acidity or which are very abrasive. Even worse, the results obtained from using these kits can often be patchy and the uneven distribution of bleaching gel in the trays can cause spotting on the teeth.
Anyone wishing to whiten their teeth should always have a dental check-up first. Whitening teeth that have cavities or leaky fillings, or where there are signs of gum disease can cause toothache or infection and may lead to gum recession. A dentist can also assess how effective tooth whitening will be, as certain teeth will respond differently to others.
Instead of using an over-the-counter kit, Dr. Epelboym suggests people seriously consider a professional tooth whitening treatment. Dentists are able to use professional strength whitening gels that are much stronger than over-the-counter products and which can produce longer-lasting results. The Cosmetic Dentistry Center uses Zoom whitening, an in-office treatment to safely and effectively bleach teeth with minimal side-effects. The practice can also provide custom home whitening kits with well-fitting, comfortable whitening trays.
Dr. Dmitry Epelboym is a well-respected dentist in NYC with more than twenty years’ experience. He has also taught this subject and has been involved in designing dental implant techniques and cosmetic dentistry procedures, both here in the US and in Europe. Dr. Epelboym has published numerous articles in professional journals and has served in many prestigious dental organizations. As principal dentist at the Cosmetic Dentistry Center, Dr. Epelboym ensures patients receive nothing less than the very best treatments, using the most up-to-date techniques and materials. His dental office was the very first in New York to use InVizion, an innovative system for making all-ceramic restorations and Dr. Epelboym continues to ensure his dental office is one of the best equipped in the Brooklyn area.
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