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Do teeth whitening products such as crest strips damage tooth enamel?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
In brief: No
When used as directed they are very safe .
The enamel is simply being supercleaned.

In brief: No
When used as directed they are very safe .
The enamel is simply being supercleaned.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Eckelson
Dr. Robert Eckelson
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Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Family Medicine
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
Dr. SCOTT SWOPE
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