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Tooth Enamel Erosion

Does teeth whitening solution remove tooth enamel?

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  • ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Teeth-whitening solution does not remove tooth enamel. Instead, it bleaches the enamel from the outside. Teeth-whitening solutions use various concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, and some people experience tooth sensitivity after using it. Getting your teeth whitened at a dentist’s office will take less time than using an over-the-counter kit from a drugstore, because the dentist uses a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide along with a special light or laser to activate the treatment. If you have any concerns about how your teeth might react to getting whitened, ask your dentist.
  • AMark Birnbach, Dentist, answered

    Tooth whitening removes the stains that have settled onto the surface of the tooth, not the enamel. Do not use any form of acidic "pre-cleaning" solution, as that will remove enamel.

  • AThomas Connelly, Dentist, answered

    Years ago, I would have said “no”. Today, the answer is “yes, some of them do”. This is because of the increase in not only over-the-counter solutions, but also some products that are found on the internet (many which probably have not met with ADA approval.) Any solution that uses an acidic component can remove enamel. The best bet is to get any tooth whitening solution from your dentist (or at least ask him or her about the name brands), and not online.

  • AWilliam M. Litaker, Dentist, answered
    Tooth whitening solution works by lightening the pigment inside the enamel of the tooth. It permeates the enamel and works from the inside out of the tooth. It does not remove tooth enamel. It also does not work on existing fillings or crowns. Stains on the exterior surface of the tooth from smoking, tea, and coffee can be removed with a dental cleaning.
  • AKatherine Vo, DDS, Dentist, answered
    Teeth whitening solution does not remove tooth enamel. There are many options for teeth whitening, ranging from liquids, strips, and gels, to in office options with special wavelength light beam and laser. I recommend you consult with your dentist to find out one that is safe and suit your needs. 
  • AArnold Liebman, Dentist, answered

    Whitening will not remove tooth enamel if you use it according to the instructions provided by your dentist. If you overuse the product you will can do harm as you can burn your gum tissue and provide sensitivity to your teeth. 

     

  • ADavid Grossman, Dentist, answered
    Teeth whitening materials SHOULD not remove enamel. Prescription whitening materials -- administered by dentists and supervised by dentists -- will not remove enamel. The same may not hold true for over-the-counter products, as anyone can put acid or anything else in a jar and sell it as a tooth whitener.
  • AJeffrey Dalin, Dentist, answered
    If whitening or bleaching materials (gels or solutions) are used as directed, they should be completely safe on your enamel. Problems occur only when these materials are overused. Always stay in contact with your dentist if you have any questions or problems during the bleaching or whitening process.
  • AGuy Levy, Dentist, answered

    If you listed all of the "teeth whitening" products available on the market your hand would cramp before you could finish. There are some over-the-counter whitening products that have the potential to remove tooth enamel. Discuss with your dentist which over-the-counter products and professionally dispensed products or procedures may be most appropriate for your condition.

     

  • AStephen Carstensen, DDS, Dentist, answered

    There is one kind that does, it uses an acidic solution. These are never sold by dental professionals, but you can find them on the Internet and in some stores. The professional materials use a form of hydrogen peroxide that is completely safe for your tooth and has no bad effect on your enamel at all! Be safe and get professional help!

  • AJoel Nathanson, DMD, Dentist, answered
    That depends on the type of teeth whitening solution you are using. Many "over-the-counter" type teeth whitening products that are available for purchase in stores can indeed damage tooth enamel. For this reason, it is always best to have your teeth whitened by a dentist.

    A dentist will check your teeth to make sure that you won't have any problems with or complications from your whitening treatment. The products used in a dental office are safe and effective for whitening and do not cause damage to tooth enamel. (While there may be a temporary loss of minerals in the outer 5-10% of the enamel, this effect is reversed when the minerals in saliva replace any that are lost during the whitening process.)

    Whether you choose to do the whitening in the office or at home, a dentist will provide the safest and most effective means of getting teeth their whitest. 
  • AJerry Gordon, Dentist, answered

    This is a very common question asked by conscientious people who want whiter teeth, but do not want to cause any damage. When used as directed by your dentist, tooth whitening is safe and effective. Overuse or abuse of tooth whiteners can cause prolonged tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. I recommend that all people who are considering tooth whitening have a professional dental cleaning, x-rays and all dental treatment completed first.

  • AMaryann Lehmann, Dentist, answered

    Professional tooth whitening products do not remove tooth enamel. Actually, some professional products not only whiten your teeth, but are good for them as well. These products, in addition to the whitening agent of either hydrogen or carbamide peroxide, contain fluoride, and sometimes potassium nitrate, which decreases sensitivity in teeth.

    It is always best to consult with your dental professional in order to determine if you are a good candidate for whitening, and to choose the best product for you.

  • AChris Zaepfel, Dentist, answered
    In the past few years, as the baby boomers age, there has been a pursuit of youth. Plastic surgeons have been busier, cosmetic dentistry has had a surge, and people have been taking supplements in order to be younger.

    Most people in dentistry pursue straight WHITE teeth, sometimes too white. Therefore in dentistry orthodontics for adults and cosmetic dentistry in the form of porcelain and composite veneers have been used in order to achieve that useful smile. The easiest and cheapest way to achieve that 'fountain of youth' is tooth bleaching.

    In the late 1960's a dentist was using Gly-oxide which was an over the counter antiseptic gel that relieved the symptoms of the mouth ulcers. In 1986 Dr. John Munroe presented his observations to Omni  International and they introduced the first take home bleach for commercial use called White Brite in 1989. It has been clinically used ever since then.

    It, or other brands, have been dispensed in the form of hydrogen peroxide or %10 carabamideperoxide by dentist with supervised tray use. More recently they have been dispensed in higher percentages for in office use under light % 21 carabamide peroxide.

    On the tooth structure there are two types of stain. Intrinsic stain is something tetracycline stain or fluorosis. This stain is usually caused by something from within the tooth. The other type of stain is extrinsic stain. These stains on the outside of the tooth structure caused by things like coffee, cokes, teas, etc.

    The peroxide-based whitening products liberate by-products which are the bleaching agents. Hydrogen peroxide is produced by the human liver every day. When a dentist makes a custom fit tray around the teeth it is concentrated in that area and lightens the teeth.

    Dental researchers have extensively studied the effects on the enamel. They have looked  for any changes for surface morphology and have found none. They have found some sensitivity as a result of the bleaching but it has always been a reversible condition. In a not so well fitting tray, sometimes the gums will show some irritation. This too reverses in short time.

    In conclusion, bleaching has been a great service for the patients. It works faster in yellowish shade rather than blues, but nearly always works without detriment to the teeth. It is always best to be used under professional supervision. 
  • AAdrian Codel, DDS, Dentist, answered

    No. Traditional tooth whitening solutions consist of Hydrogen Peroxide. This solution binds to organic debris within the tooth that cause discoloration and flushes them out. There is no loss of enamel. Some whitening products, specifically those sold over the internet and not dispensed by a dental professional WILL cause loss of tooth enamel. These products contain an ACID as its active ingredient rather than peroxide. Run, don’t walk away from these products as they are damaging to your tooth.

  • ARichard Gochman, Dentist, answered
    Tooth enamel is NOT removed during whitening procedures. The whitening agent is a powerful oxidizer that removes small bits of stain and debris that slowly builds up between the enamel rods. Only extreme EXCESSIVE use ( beyond the manufacturers instructions) can cause any type of permanent damage to the tooth.
  • AGregory D. D. Tuttle, DDS, Dentist, answered

    Over-the-counter products can thin and weaken the enamel. This is just one of numerous reasons to work with your dentist on a process/treatment such as tooth whitening. The products dentists use are both safer than over-the-counter products, and less likely to cause tooth hypersensitivity. The larger investment that normally accompanies bleaching with your dentist is offset by professional care and guidance, as well as professional products that are carefully formulated for your best health. In addition, the improvement in the shade of your teeth will consistently be more favorable, when working with your dentist. 

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