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Can You Bleach Your Teeth With Household Bleach
You're kidding..: .. Right? The answer is emphatically no. ...Read more
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Do not try: Household bleach is not intended for intraoral use. It will irritate and burn your mucous membranes and can cause serious health problems. Read the label. Use it to clean your laundry and bathroom; for that it works very well. ...Read more
Household bleach is sodium hypochlorite which can burn soft tissues (tongue, gums, throat).
It will cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if swallowed.
And it will have absolutely no effect on the color of your teeth.
Please, do not do that! ...Read more
How unsafe is it to bleach your teeth using household teeth by dabbing a cotton bud in watered down bleach and wiping it on front teeth only?
NOT SAFE!!: Household bleach is not the same as the bleach dentists use. Household bleach is poisonous and should not be ingested or even inhaled. Only use products meant to whiten your teeth that you get from your dentist or in the mouth care aisle of your pharmacy. ...Read more
Will a person die if he or she ingests the common household bleach called clorox? (6.0% sodium hypochlorite)
Yes, unless it's...: Yes, bleach will kill a person if too much is ingested. However, because bleach kills things, we can use bleach to purify water. After a disaster, if water is contaminated, one can add 4-5 drops of bleach to each quart or liter of water to purify the water for drinking. ...Read more
I was cleaning the bathroom with thick household bleach and my eyes burned for 10 minutes and inhaled some and my nose burned and I can't taste.?
Get medical help now: Even airborne bleach can be toxic to the eyes and respiratory track when exposed to high enough concentration for long enough. Alkali chemicals absorb into the mucosa and can do lasting damage. I would seek medical attention. ...Read more
Very effective: There are many variations of teeth bleaching available. The best method in my opinion is to have custom fitted trays made by a dentist and to use low concentration carbamide peroxide (10%-15%) in the trays. Wear them to bed every night, avoid staining foods/drinks, tobacco while bleaching. Or wear for 1 hour twice daily. Sensitive teeth is a common side effect but goes away after use. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, 20 is a good age for teeth bleaching. Normally younger patients tend to have more of a problem with sensitivity. This is due to the nerves of the teeth being closer to the surface in younger patients. There are ways of reducing the sensitivity. Talk to your dentist to get their advise. ...Read more
Teeth bleached: After you have had your teeth bleached you may want to visit your dentist to evaluate the condition of your tissue and any existing tooth colored restorations. Maintenance becomes very important as I have observed that on occasion some patient's teeth become more prone to absorbing stains from red wine, certain teas etc. Ask your dentist for suggestions regarding after care products. ...Read more
Dental office: Bleaching trays are customarily made by having molds of your teeth made at your dental office. The dental office use these molds to make your custom bleaching trays. There may be a generic for stock tray system out there but they probably won't fit too well. ...Read more
Strong inoffice--: There are some offices that offer tooth wihitening using a light source to speed up whitening. Some offices will use a much higher strentgh blaching gel. There are quite a few ways to do this so the best is to go see your dentist and ask what they can do or refer you to someone (another dentist) who does the sort of whitening you desire. Don't rely on a mall setup. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the speed they lightened, the chemistry used, your original color (gray vs yellow vs brown vs green), your final color, the individual structure of your teeth and your eating and drinking staining foods after finishing the bleaching procedures. ...Read more
Strips: I like these because they keep the active bleaching ingredients in contact with your teeth compared with gels that tend to spill over to make more soft tissue contact. That point aside, it really boils down to personal preference. ...Read more
None: There is no associated damage to whitening of teeth, as long as it is dentist supervised. ...Read more
Age: In my opinion the youngest I would start is 16 and the oldest I have ever made trays for was a person in their eighties who wanted younger teeth. ...Read more
2 things: Dental discoloration can be seen as a twofold issue. Extrinsic discoloration is caused by accumulating stains on your teeth that can be improved through better home care or a professional cleaning but only if this type of discoloration is an issue. Intrinsic discoloration refers to the actual color of your tooth internally which can only be really changed with bleaching. Restorations can cover both. ...Read more
Not uncommon: This can happen when the lightening gel hits your gums. It will be sore for a day or two. Be careful when applying the gel, make sure you wipe off the excess gel to prevent this for happening in the future. ...Read more
Given that you already tried the otc whitening products without much success, professional teeth whitening is the next logical step.
If you are ok with the cost and are given the right expectations by your dentist, there are actually no cons. The main advantage is that the whole process is done under the doctor's supervision, so the safe and effective outcome is assured. Good luck! ...Read more
No set price: Call a dentist in your town to get a baseline idea. Each office sets their own fees. ...Read more
Quickly: Deoending on the technique used the results should be apparent very quickly. But the final color may not be reached for a week or two. Over the counter bleaching kits are much less potent than what your dentist might do in the dental office so irc bleaching takes longer and generally results in a darker final result. ...Read more