Can I Bleach My Teeth with Clorox?
I like doing things DIY. I’ve been thinking of getting my teeth whitened. If I can do it myself, I’d rather. Is it okay to use Clorox bleach for my teeth? The kind you use for laundry. If so, do I just gargle with it or brush with it?
I am going to strongly recommend you NOT use Clorox bleach to whiten your teeth. While it is very possible your teeth will end up very white, you’ll also end up with some serious problems. Bleach is a base (the opposite of an acid), like Lye. This is also very corrosive and destroys living tissue. Imagine what it will do to your gums. In addition, if it mixes with certain other types of substances it creates chlorine gas, which is a toxic poison.
If you are determined to whiten your teeth without a dentist, then you could get some of the over-the-counter whitening strips, such as Crest Whitestrips. These do work. Their biggest drawbacks are two-fold:
- They only cover a few teeth. For instance, Crest will only cover about 4-6 teeth. Most people have a smile which is 8 to 10 teeth wide. You’ll have to use several different strips to cover the right amount of teeth during each treatment.
- They are not very strong. By law, over-the-counter medications have to be significantly less strong than you’d get with a medical practitioner.
This means not only will you have to use more strips to get your entire smile, but you’ll have to do many boxes of treatments by the time you reach the level of whitening you would get with professional teeth whitening.
While some things you can accomplish equally well doing it DIY, unless you are a chemist, teeth whitening is best done with a professional dentist.
If you are in a hurry to get your teeth whitened, see if your dentist has Zoom Whitening available. This allows patients to get their teeth whitened to their fullest in just one appointment.
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