When Beauty Treatments Backfire
We are all suckers for beauty treatments that promise a quick fix to our biggest dilemmas. But are the risks worth it? Find out
What's more, the heat generated by the laser can "cause gum damage and burning of the mouth tissue," says Forouzanpour. There's also a good chance you'll have high teeth sensitivity for a couple of days after the treatment.
The better option: LED teeth whitening and brushing with peroxide
With LED teeth whitening, you don't get the discomfort or the no-colored-food-for-24-hours mandate that comes with laser whitening. That's because unlike the laser, LED doesn't create any heat or open your teeth's enamel.
To prevent daily stains from accumulating, Forouzanpour suggests brushing your teeth with a spoonful of hydrogen peroxide before brushing with toothpaste. "You'll see the peroxide bubble and fizz, which is a sign that it's gently removing any stains that you may have accumulated during the day." Worried about swallowing some of that nasty-tasting stuff? Forouzanpour says even if you swallow some of the peroxide, it won't have any adverse effects. After a couple weeks of nightly brushing, you should see a difference.
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