Go Smile; Are Home Tooth Whitening Products Safe?
The Smile Beauty Company is offering consumers great deals for its GO SMILE Tooth whitening products including free sample SMILE stain erasers and free shipping on orders over $50. Dental teeth whitening is one of the fastest growing areas in cosmetic dentistry, but are home whitening products safe to use?
The GO SMILE system works by applying a serum containing hydrogen peroxide directly to the enamel, or outer surface, of the teeth. Because the tooth surface is porous, the serum seeps into the tiny pores to reach the deeper dentin layer where stains from food, drinking and smoking accumulate over time. The peroxide chemically bonds with the stains and causes them to become colorless, visibly whitening the teeth.
GO SMILE is different from most home whitening products in that it does not use a dental tray or coated strips to hold the gel to the tooth surface while the serum seeps into the tooth enamel. It uses phototherapy to accelerate the whitening process through its patented Ampoule Technology. The light is shone onto the teeth for three 10-minute sessions.
According to OSI Dental, an online resource for cosmetic dentistry, the Carbamide peroxide used in most tooth whitening products does have the potential to be damaging to the gums. Manufacturers of home whitening products have offset the danger by reducing the concentration of Carbamide peroxide, which may make them less effective than a product applied in the dental office.
Tooth whitening products that use UV light as a whitener may cause skin damage or pain. Some products may even ultimately destroy the pulp of the teeth.
Note that only products dispensed through the dental office will carry the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, which indicates that the product has met ADA guidelines for safety and effectiveness.
In using a home product, OSI suggests reading and following the directions on the package explicitly. Pay attention to how much product is to be used, how to apply the gel to the tray (if there is one), how to position the tray in the mouth, and how long to leave the product on the tooth enamel.
Tooth whiteners are not recommended for children under the age of 16 or in women who are pregnant or lactating. Those with sensitive teeth, existing gum disease, or dental work such as crowns or fillings should consult a dentist before using any product.
Unfortunately, the free offer seen on THE VIEW this morning has reached its maximum and the company has run out of samples. However, the GO SMILE team encourages you to re-visit their website for more offers.
GO SMILE products are available at retailers such as Sephora and Nordstrom, small boutiques, department stores, professional spas and premier dental offices across the U.S. and Canada.