A member asked:

Do teeth whitening products such as crest strips damage tooth enamel?

6 doctors weighed in across 5 answers
Dr. Scott Swope answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Possible: Be sure to follow directions, use only as directed do not use more than directed do not use home remedy ideas along with strips.

Answered 8/7/2013


Dr. Robert Eckelson answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

No: The enamel is somewhat porous. Food and organic material get trapped in the outer layer and causes the yellowing. All whitening products work similarly. You should start with the least percentage of whitnening to start. The crest whitestipes are low percentage (5%) but cover the entire tooth surface well. If these don't work, trays can be created and more intense whtening products can be used.

Answered 8/12/2012


Dr. James Wright answered

Specializes in Dentistry

They can ... : They can... A small layer of enamel is removed with bleaching. Overdoing bleaching can produce permanent discoloration. Please see only a dentist for bleaching and refrain from the current trend of whitening in a spa or mall or beauty salon. Bleaching teeth is best managed by an experienced dentist with your dental & gum health as the main focus of their attention!

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Alex Shvartsman answered

Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry

Possibly: Over the counter tooth whitening products contain low levels of the active ingredient normally used in professional tooth whitening gels: carbamide peroxide. To make teeth appear whiter, many otc products contain acid that frosts the teeth giving them a whiter appearance just like frosted glass. Unfortunately acid treated teeth will in the long run pick up more stain due to a rough surface.

Answered 8/31/2016


Dr. John Thaler answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

No: When used as directed they are very safe . The enamel is simply being supercleaned.

Answered 10/4/2016



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