White teeth are a universal symbol for beauty; however, when your teeth are starting to discolour, it used to take a dentist trip to get that white shine again. Nowadays, DIY teeth whitening kits are becoming more commercially available and people are able to whiten their teeth at home with results even comparing to professionally whitened teeth. With so much competition in the market, teeth whitening brands are constantly trying to 1-up the other to claim the best results which can be dangerous as there have been reports of hazardous products.
DIY teeth whitening products are continuously being recalled by health authorities mainly due to products being deemed unsafe due to heavy concentrations of peroxide that cause chemical burns, blisters and ulcerations. Bleaching agents are known to be the strongest chemicals used to effectively break down stains and whiten your teeth which is why they are most commonly used in teeth whitening treatments. There are who agents that are widely used; hydrogen and carbamide peroxide; however, having a high concentration of these chemical agents can be unsafe and there are legislative standards in-place that protect consumers health from this.
The legislation for consumer products may vary from country to country; however, the standard maximum proportion of chemicals for teeth whitening tends to be within 6% for hydrogen peroxide and 18% for carbamide peroxide. Although, at this maximal level of concentration, it is still considered a caution and deemed poisonous. Any teeth whitening/bleaching procedures that contain more than the standard concentration of bleaching agents should only be used by a dental practitioner or professional.
It is important to be cautious when you are investing in a tooth whitening treatment and always look at the concentration levels, making sure that the oxidising agents such as hydrogen or carbamide peroxide are not higher than the legal limits. Also keep in mind that chemicals on the higher legal limit can have side effects such as oral sensitivity and irritation.
At Bianco Smile, although we care about getting you your white smile, we also care more about your health and getting you that smile safely. Our products are designed to be as natural as possible but also give you professionally whitened results. This is the main reason we use activated charcoal, as it is one of the world’s most absorbent substances and have been used to whiten teeth for hundreds of years, plus it is 100% natural and safe, even to digest. If you want to stay completely safe, try our activated charcoal powder, but if your teeth are slightly more stained; our whitening kits do contain carbamide peroxide, but a safe concentration to clean those stains and get you that professionally whitened teeth without affecting your oral health.