Why North Shore Dentists Advise Against At-Home Teeth Whitening Treatments

By October 22, 2018whitening treatments
North Shore Dentists

Very few people make it to adulthood with the perfect, pearly white teeth of childhood. A lifetime of drinking coffee and red wine, taking antibiotics and smoking all take their toll on your teeth. In a world where appearances and first impressions matter more than ever, many people are taking steps to regain sparkling teeth. For most, this starts with a visit to the pharmacy to choose one of the many tooth whitening products on offer. After all, what’s more appealing than a cheap, easy-to-use treatment that promises overnight results in the privacy of your own home? But before you make your purchase, you should know why North Shore dentists advise against home teeth whitening treatments.


Every year New Zealanders spend thousands of dollars on whitening toothpaste, strips, gels and overnight treatments. In many cases, these products contain ingredients like hydrogen peroxide which, after prolonged use can weaken the teeth by breaking down the enamel and burn your precious gums.

Then there are products that promise brighter, whiter without the use of hydrogen peroxide – which you need to know is nearly impossible to achieve. It seems that at-home treatments either don’t work at all or have the potential to cause painful damage which will be expensive to fix. That’s why dentists would rather you let them whiten your teeth.


Dentists use carefully controlled levels of hydrogen peroxide and light-activated teeth whitening ingredients to get the job done quickly and effectively. A mould is usually made of the patient’s mouth before any treatment is administered to ensure only the teeth are targeted and the gums are protected. Treatment is carried out in a controlled setting to prevent damage. The dentist will also take your oral health into consideration, diagnosing and treating any underlying conditions that might impact the success of the whitening process.

Another important benefit that Dentist Auckland teeth whitening offers is that it can work around patients with bridges, veneers and implants. At-home treatments can create a patchwork effect of teeth with differing colours, while a dentist will be able to ensure the result is evenly bright.


A bright smile is attractive, but not at the expense of your oral health. Rather make an appointment with your North Shore Dentist for guaranteed results.

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