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The term “teeth whitener” is often accompanied by warnings of enamel loss and damage to gum tissue, and do-it-yourself teeth whiteners seem particularly sketchy. While not all at-home and over-the-counter whitening products are safe, you can find dentist-approved products or consult with a professional to find the perfect whitener.

If a DIY teeth whitener bears the ADA Seal of Acceptance, it has been cleared for safe consumer use. However, the seal doesn’t mean the product is right for everyone. Every mouth is different, and some people are more sensitive to certain products. Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of any whitener. If it occurs, you can cease treatment for a few days and then try again. If you experience a more severe discomfort, stop using the product immediately and consult your dentist.

If in doubt, consult with Dr. Gary Cappelletti at El Cerro Dental to find a teeth whitener treatment that fits your needs. El Cerro Dental offers White and Brite, a take-home teeth whitening system. The whitening gel and custom-fitted tray brighten your smile while you sleep. You will see results in two to three weeks. If you prefer to not bother with DIY teeth whiteners, Dr. Gary Cappelletti can brighten your smile right at El Cerro Dental, using Zoom Whitening gel. In one hour, your teeth can be as much as 10 shades whiter.

If you have further questions or concerns about DIY and professional teeth whitening, contact Dr. Gary Cappelletti at 925-837-8564 or come visit us in Danville, California. We are happy to take care of all your whitening needs.